For the past few years, there's been a swarm of artists that are barely out of high school and already rad as hell. From Willow Smith (post hair whipping, of course) to Lorde, these teenage prodigies have been making us feel angsty about our uncool adolescence and nostalgic about our teenage hood when Macaulay Culkin was still just "Home Alone" and hadn't picked up an instrument or discovered Velvet Underground. Often these kids come and go but there is something about the Oregon-raised Grace Mitchell that gets under your skin and stays there.

There is wisdom in the sultry voice of this 18-year-old that goes beyond her years. She is the latest teenage siren in the indie R&B scene with a voice that echoes the dark and profound legacy of the ultimate sad girl Lana Del Rey. She sings about what is close to her, something that we can all relate to. Her catchy synth-heavy anthems of love and loneliness have been creating hype around the mystery behind her age-defying character.




Two years ago, the 16-year-old Mitchell uploaded a stunning pair of vulnerable odes to heartbreak on her SoundCloud. Her emotionally overwhelming first tracks 'Your Design' and 'Broken Over You' introduced us to the fragile truthfulness of her lyrical work making us weep mercilessly in a fetal position, reminiscing our first loves and kisses.

It didn't take long for a record label to discover her premature brilliance and she was soon covering the legendary Hall & Oates' 1982 classic 'Maneater' for the soundtrack of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. While her peers were finishing off their SATs, Mitchell was being home schooled, recording music and breaking hearts with one exhaustingly brilliant track at a time.

While her first 2014 EP Design didn't gain the attention of the mainstream, she is now back stronger than ever with her latest EP Raceday. Featuring an organized chaos of her husky vocals, dancey electronica and glittery glitch mess, the 2015 Grace Mitchell is like the perfect mixture of MØ-like genre bending hip-hop craziness and Lorde-like darkness topped up with transitional soundscape. Her music is as varied as her Spotify playlists where the unholy alliance of Rufus Wainwright and Wu-Tan Clan has come together.


BTS: Grace Mitchell

At 18, Mitchell is a teenage badass with a spirit of a shewolf and charismatic maturity that we all wish we had at her age. It would be a waste to use words like "promising" when writing about this girl as her work goes beyond the banality of being just "promising". She is no ordinary pop starlet but a fierce as hell storyteller with a poignant view on life and loss. Let's hope the world is ready for the comet of Grace Mitchell because we sure are.

The 405's Chloe Ackers went behind the scenes with Grace as she prepared for her show with The Weeknd at Apple Music Festival. Check out the stunning gallery below.

BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell
BTS: Grace Mitchell