Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…Grace Obika

Published: Wednesday 10th Mar 2010 by Sam

Since starting That Grape Juice, we’ve consistently received calls to shine light on up-and-coming talent. Hence, in listening to those calls, as well as continuing to build and expand our brand, we introduce our latest feature…‘Freshly Squeezed’. Set to be rolled out every other week, Freshly Squeezed will illuminate the freshest new talent – signed or unsigned.

Without further ado, then, this week’s featured artist is Grace Obika!

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Hailing from North London, 24 year old Grace Obika has steadily been building a buzz since hitting the performing circuit three years ago. Indeed, the singer, who is being touted as the new face of commercial Indie-Soul, has performed at London’s famed Jazz Cafe, the African Music Awards, and was a finalist on MTV’s ‘Hugo Urban Rules’. Impressive on paper, yet even more so when considering she has achieved this all while studying for a degree in Biomedical Sciences (Hons), graduating in 2008.

Raised in a music-orientated family (her first cousin is R&B crooner Lemar), Grace began her musical journey in the church, singing in the choir. Since then, she’s not looked back, and has successfully carved out a niche for herself – drawing inspiration from the likes of Faith Evans, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Fantasia, and Brandy.

Set to release her debut LP independently this May, the record features writing credits from Obika herself, as well as US producers who have worked with the likes of EnVogue and Usher. This young talent will definitely be one to keep an eye out for!

Check out her track’s ‘So Right’ (a personal favourite) and ‘Rainbow’ below:

So Right

Rainbow

For more on Grace Obika, check out her official website!

Think you or your artist should be featured on ‘Freshly Squeezed’? Drop an email to [email protected]

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  1. Jasmine March 10, 2010

    I LOVE the sound of the So Right song!!!! i NEED that MP3 in my life lol lol. Lovin the new feature TGJ!!

  2. DLOVED March 10, 2010

    Gr8 post Sam! I’vebeen a fan of Grace’s ever since another site did a post on her last Dec so Im glad 2c that your giving her sum love

  3. GETME LOLLYUK March 10, 2010

    Very Nice!!! Yeah for UK talent!!! BTW is it just me or does Rainbow sound a like early Destiny Child dayz… which is a good thing… it could be the riffs??!

  4. Chinny March 10, 2010

    YEP!!! YEP!!! NIGERIAN TALENT. I’M NIGERIAN AND REPRESENTING>

  5. ULISES March 10, 2010

    Really cool. I like the vibe of these songs. She’s definitely talented. Thanks for sharing and showing new up and coming talent support.

  6. Its my opinion March 10, 2010

    hot ………………. go my nigerian sista.

  7. Minusplus March 10, 2010

    nothing special, average voice and not pretty at all. better come harder if she wants people to take notice!

  8. GLYNNIEE March 10, 2010

    @MINUSPLUS… u r sooo rite,.. to me she looks like sabrina washington a little bit…. she’s good but not all that… she defo needs to come harder than that… Competition is fierce rite bout now!!!!! i am nigerian too but i cant say cos we’re from the same origin i shud give her preferrential treatment… NO!!! grace go and work a lil harder plsss much love xxx

  9. SOOS March 10, 2010

    Ugly.

    Average voice.

  10. Dionne March 10, 2010

    Some of y’all straight hating! I love the chilled-out vibe of So right and rainbow was hot too

    Based on these pics, this young lady is stunning, and still some y’all saying otherwise. Wonder what u look like behind the computer screen lmao.

    Keep doin ya thing ma!

  11. 12345 March 10, 2010

    cool, talk about Tweet and Leela James please 😀

  12. Anon March 10, 2010

    Rainbow is plain horrible. So Right has a nice throwback mid-80’s feel, but it’s nothing special. If she pops up on my computer screen I’ll look, but I definitely won’t go out my way to hear from her again. Love the name of this feature though…”Freshly Squeezed”

  13. Mrs. Darren shellychelle Sharper March 10, 2010

    Nigerians doin it big! =)

  14. OBINNA March 10, 2010

    THANKS FOR THIS SAM! I’M FROM NIGERIA! ANAMBRA STATE WHERE YOU AT!!! THANKS FOR POSTING THIS GIRL. KEEP POSTING NEW TALENT CUZ I LOVE FINDING NEW TALENT IN HIP-HOP/R&B/DANCE/POP/URBAN field.

    GREAT STUFF. THAT SONG “SO RIGHT” GOES HARD!

    ALSO.. YOU HEARD OF CHRIS HOLLOWAY? I LIKE HIS NEW SONG “TAKE YOU AWAY”. ALSO HAVE YOU HEARD OF ALLY SMOOCH? HE’S AN AWESOME RAPPER FROM YOUTUBE GO HEAR HIS SONG CALLED “DRANK YO MILKSHAKE”. AND ALLY SMOOCH IS FROM 9JA TOO!

  15. STLOUISDON March 18, 2010

    IM A FAN

  16. ASHELY May 17, 2010

    Why do people feel the need to comment on her physical appearance. She’s not trying to be model, she’s a singer. I’m not saying I’m a fan, but she is just trying to make it, so more power to her.

  17. Shebelle June 2, 2010

    Come on get real, no way she ain’t making it anywhere, the songs r wack she should sing some nice slow jams or sing songs that u can dance to, she’s bloody ugly to with them big lips yukkkkkk!!

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