She started off as a jazzy singer-songwriter, her artist name was GRACE, her first album was called ‘Heart Matters’, studio producing by Koen Gisen.Now her name has evolved into ILSE GRACE and her style of music is called conscious pop. The next album will come out beginning of 2020, an EP will be launched in the fall of 2019, studio producing by Bob Seghers.
From a very early age, she was influenced by her mothers outspoken passion for music: from Shirley Bassey to the Carpenters, from Della Bossiers to Ella Fitzgerald. She started singing when she was born and took her first piano lessons at the age of 5. Soon she was composing her own songs and sang a lot in choirs, local events and home bathrooms. It wasn’t until she turned 18 and travelled with Up With People, that she got professional coaching and started to develop her true passion for performing. When she returned home, she joined the University Song Contest and won it two years in a row. In the mean time, Jazz had entered her world and she started following courses at the Academy of Freddy Sunders and at the Dworp Jazz Camps. Her most influential teachers were Deborah Brown and David Lynx. She performed jazz standards for a few years but soon there were children and a full time job and there was no more time for music. It took her 20 years to come out in 2012: an old dream, a deep longing, a first album was released on 21/12/12!
And that was the beginning..