FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2021
TEENAGE POP RECORDING ARTIST
NAMED “RISING STAR”
BY WOMEN WHO ROCK™ ORGANIZATION
• Songwriter’s Moving Tune, “Best Days,” Captivates Judges & Audience •
• Awarded Opening Performance Slot At
4th Annual Women Who Rock™ Benefit Concert (Presented by Gibson Gives)
Saturday, October 16, 2021 •
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keeping the momentum leading up to the release of her sophomore single, “Best Days”* (due October 22, 2021), Graciela celebrates another monumental career moment. Breakout, indie pop recording artist, Graciela, has been recognized by the Women Who Rock™ organization as its “Rising Star.”
Among hundreds of contestants vying for “Rising Star” eligibility, Graciela was selected as one of three contenders to perform at the “Rising Star” finals competition held in her Pennsylvania hometown Saturday evening, September 18, in the heart of downtown in Market Square.
Captivating the audience and panel of judges (Melina Bowser, 2019 Women Who Rock Rising Star Winner/Michael Annichine, Magee-Womens Research Institute CEO/Singer-songwriter and Women Who Rock Founder, Melinda Colaizzi/GRAMMY-winning producer and engineer, Jimmy Hoyson), with the performance of her original tune, “Best Days,” fourteen-year-old Gracela ultimately took home the “Rising Star” title and was presented a “dream come true” prize package.
As the 2021 Rising Star winner, Graciela will take the stage, as the opening act, to perform at the 4th Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert (Presented by Gibson Gives) in Pittsburgh -- Saturday, October 16, 2021. Graciela will join an all-female, all-star roster of renowned entertainers: Rita Wilson, Lauren Monroe (with Rick Allen of Def Leppard), Orianthi, The Vindys and DJ Femi. Also included in the “Rising Star” prize package, Graciela will record a track under the direction of six-time Grammy nominated producer, Jimmy Hoyson at The Vault Recording Studio; she will participate in a mentorship session with Melinda Colaizzi, and enjoy other performance opportunities spearheaded by the Women Who Rock organization throughout the remainder of the year and leading into 2022.
The exciting news arrives to set the stage as the perfect introduction to Graciela’s sophomore release, “Best Days.” Deriving inspiration from her siblings who suffer with disabilities, the single delves into the teenage artist’s compassion and care for loved ones cherished. The soundscape of the track echoes with angelic vocals to paint imagery of blue skies that open to new possibilities and a hand holding, walk-along journey toward a better tomorrow.
“Graciela’s performance was stunning, and her original song (‘Best Days’) resonated--lending empowerment and inspiration to inspire women, especially young women, to stay strong, remain courageous and believe,” said Women Who Rock Founder, Melinda Colaizzi. “The song’s message intertwines seamlessly with the mission and spirit that the Women Who Rock organization was founded upon.”
“My older brother is autistic and my younger (adopted sister) suffers with the emotional aftermath of abuse endured by her previous living situation,” introduced Graciela. “I see their struggles, their hurt and their fight. I want to be a role model for them and stand beside them in their courageous journey...to offer words of encouragement to trust in God, find bravery and faith in Him, and those who love them. Because, truly, their ‘Best Days’ haven’t happened yet. I’m so honored to be invited to perform at the upcoming Women Who Rock Benefit Concert; the opportunity is more meaningful than you can imagine!”
With the personal goal to utilize her music as a platform to become a role model for the disadvantaged, the Women Who Rock organization and benefit concert align as a perfect association to share her inspirational message and achieve her objectives. Hosted during Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and benefiting Magee-Womens Research Institute, the 4th Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert (Presented by Gibson Gives) is two-fold in its mission to support a great cause and empower women and girls of all ages through music -- similarly paralleling the “Best Days” sentiment and storyline.
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Dreams begin early for most everyone; but it takes passion, belief and determination to turn a dream into a reality. … and Graciela is not “most everyone.” Gracie is a visionary who possesses natural talent and a drive that is far beyond her years. Her insightful perspective and heart are qualities that will set her apart in her journey to achieve her goals.
The 14-year-old military daughter has spent her childhood dividing time between the family homes; spending the school year at the farm in Pittsburgh, PA, and summer break, vacations and holidays in Destin, Florida. Gracie has developed a genuine appreciation for both cultures and the varied lifestyles have shaped her “breath of fresh air” outlook.
With siblings who struggle with disabilities, the aspiring young visionary hopes to become a role model for the disadvantaged.
Gracie’s desire to use her voice to “move” the listener is uplifting. She is committed to study her craft—driven to become an entertainer both as a confident, compelling vocalist and proficient instrumentalist. At just six-years-old, she began to learn piano; today with a daily two-hour practice regimen, Gracie aspires to follow in the footsteps of her musical influences (Adele, Freddy Mercury, Lady Gaga and Elton John).
Graciela has performed at local festivals, charity events, church recitals and in talent shows. She worked alongside producer Bryan Cole to record her very first EP in late 2020.
A blossoming artist with a desire to portray emotion with verve, Graciela’s personal introspect is deeply contemplative and conversely complimented by her energetic and sassy personality. The combination makes for a musical expression all her own and a wide-open canvas to dream BIG and SEIZE THE DAY!
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About the Women Who Rock Organization
Women Who Rock is a 100 percent women founded and operated organization that was created to support and empower women through music, while also benefiting an amazing cause. With the tagline “Female Founded, Female Fronted and Female Produced,” Women Who Rock uses music to educate and support females who have a passion and drive for the music industry.
Founded by singer/songwriter Melinda Colaizzi, the organization hosts its annual Women Who Rock benefit concert to demonstrate support for female artists and musicians, in addition to benefiting a worthy cause. All proceeds from the 2021 concert event will go to Magee-Womens Research Institute and foundation which is the nation’s largest research institute dedicated only to women’s health.
The Rising Star Contest is presented by The Vault Recording Studio, Pioneer Records and the Sports, Arts and Entertainment Program at the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University.
Tickets for the 2021 Women Who Rock Benefit Concert are on sale now: https://promowestlive.com/pittsburgh/stage-ae/2021/10/gibson-gives-presents-women- who-rock-benefit-concert
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