Grace Turner will go the extra mile to perform at Saturday’s Grow Your Own Festival in Tuncurry.
The Newcastle native will finish a gig in Brisbane on Friday night before making the seven hour journey down the Pacific Highway.
Never to turn down an opportunity to perform her music, Grace said the trip will be worth it.
“I’m exceptionally keen – it’s such a great opportunity to perform at Grow Your Own,” Grace said.
“Just to be among these artists I respect is really mind-blowing.”
Grace will be the first performer to take the stage.
“We’ve got a big band sound which can be energetic but also a bit melancholy,” Grace said.
“There’s lots of lyrics.”
The singer-songwriter was given the opportunity to perform at the festival through Triple J Unearthed.
“Artists get selected to perform at Triple J supported festivals so I was happy to get the call to say I would be at Grow Your Own,” Grace said.
This will be her first time performing in the area.
Grace and her band played a few festivals in 2018, with this Saturday’s event to provide a bigger crowd than usual.
“This is a big step for us, we’re really grateful for this opportunity,” Grace said.
Grace has followed the progress of the festival since its early days and has been inspired by festival curator Holly Rankin (Jack River).
She credits singer-songwriters Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen as major influences.
“They gave me the confidence to record and release my music,” Grace said.
Grace also takes inspiration from 90s acts The Cranberries and Alanis Morissette.
She has taken her talents up and down the east coast for a decade.
“I’ve been performing for 10 years and recording music in the last two years or so,” Grace said.