Gracie Laboy has returned with something new for her listeners, a cover of the jazz standard, “Just Friends.” The track displays a new vocal color that is different than her previous single “Boricua” or her debut album Valencia.
“I recorded this track for my master’s thesis at Berklee but wanted to release it now as an ode to my grandparents who both passed away unexpectedly in 2019. They were so supportive and encouraging of my music career; they absolutely loved jazz, and they listened to this track in some of their last moments on Earth.” – Gracie Laboy about her cover of “Just Friends”
Laboy is a Berklee College of Music alum, which makes this release all the more fitting for this artist. The lyrics are melancholy and are a reflection upon a once loving relationship that is now over. Laboy’s vocals along with The arrangement of the track really evoke those feelings of something bright ending and the heartbreak that comes along with that. Similar in style to her song “That’s How You Know” off of Laboy’s EP Valencia but with a more stripped back vibe, it’s a soft and groovy single that you would expect to see in a movie focusing on a couple slow-dancing one last time.
Gracie Laboy is a Latina Pop and R&B singer-songwriter located in Los Angeles, CA. Gracie holds two bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Music from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus. A powerhouse and versatile vocalist, she is equally at home performing operatic, choral, and musical theatre, as she is with soul, R&B, rock, folk, and pop. Her classical technique and honest lyrics in pop and soul influenced-music bring rich tones and breathtaking emotion to her impressive vocals.
Gracie began pursuing music from a young age by singing in choirs and musicals, studying classical and musical theatre, and performing in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Vatican, and St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice.