As a Mexican-American, Alma Grace has always felt a strong connection to Frida Kahlo. Grace first learned about her through the Frida decorated matchboxes and coasters her Grandmother would bring back from Mexico City. As she grew older, she became fascinated by the ways in which the Mexican painter redefined beauty standards and broke down the boundaries placed on gender, race, and sexuality. The «Frida» EP is both an ode to a groundbreaking artist and an autobiographical journey through Alma Grace’s own life.
The first single from the EP, «Girl Fight», was inspired by Alma Grace’s favourite Frida story: after her husband Diego Rivera cheated on her, she had an affair with the same woman. «At it’s core, it’s a bi-sexual and feminist anthem that rebels against the trope of women fighting over men», Grace writes, «we’re better off standing by each other». The resulting track is a poignant and empowering pop anthem.
Alma Grace is a 20 year-old activist, artist, and actress born and raised in New York City. Her mixed musical influences are reflective of a globalised upbringing— she learned how to love from Selena, make witty comebacks from Shania Twain, and turn pain into art from Lauryn Hill. As an activist, she attended her first protest at the age of 13, has volunteered with community-based organisations in Harlem, and has worked in both the Bronx and the U.S. Senate to defend immigrants facing deportation — a cause close to her heart as a second generation Mexican American.
When it comes to her art, Alma Grace is no less impressive — she has performed on Broadway and Lincoln Center stages, been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, and acted in films and tv shows alongside Tobey Maguire and Ed Zwick. Last year, Alma Grace launched her musical project with the release of her first single, «Adios Maria». She continued to roll out singles throughout the year, landing Spotify playlist support, blog buzz, and a rapidly growing fanbase.
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