BEST NEW TRACKS: GRACE MITCHELL "YOUR DESIGN" + "BROKEN OVER YOU"

8/22/14

What were you doing when you were 16? If you're Grace Mitchell the answer is making top new songs, "Your Design" and "Broken Over You."

Hailing from Portland, the fiery-haired teenager has a voice and songwriting ability that are both polished and mature well beyond her modest years. "Your Design" is a swelling roller coaster of emotions that evokes comparisons to Lorde, Banks, Leona Lewis, and of course Lana. Mitchell sounds on the verge of desperation as she wonders whether or not her new love is requited. This is a powerful song for anyone, let alone a teenager to write. Rather than going the bubblegum, tween route, this young spitfire demands to be taken seriously.

 

GRACE MITCHELL "YOUR DESIGN"

"Broken Over You" is a tale of heartbreak which has Mitchell expressing a sentiment we're all familiar with, whether we're teens or not. It's a sweeping number that finds the singer wishing for love, but so infatuated with the person she'll settle for "like." She manages to pull all this off without sounding corny or youthfully naive, an impressive accomplishment for any artist, especially one this young. 

 

GRACE MITCHELL "BROKEN OVER YOU"

If you're thinking, "I've heard of this Grace Mitchell before…" that's because she closed out the soundtrack for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty this year. And since we're all about bonus content today, hear her spectacular take on the Hall & Oates classic "Maneater" below:

 

GRACE MITCHELL "MANEATER (HALL & OATES COVER)"

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