Who is Grace Davies? X Factor star is BBC Introducing act with 50m listens on Soundcloud
The 20-year-old sailed through to the next stage of the competition after scoring the all-important four yeses with her self-penned song, which she tearfully told Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne was about never making it beyond being a pub singer.
But Blackburn-born Grace, who works in a warehouse, is far more than your average wannabe.
Grace almost seems primed to appear in the finals, having performed with X Factor runner-up Olly Murs in a now-deleted Instagram post and seemingly living with X Factor finalist Janet Devlin, with the pair signed to the same management company.
With over 50million listens on Soundcloud, the quirky blonde has already showcased her vocal talents on a national scale, with her official website stating she’s sang on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Six Music. She was also a staple on BBC Lancashire as a BBC Introducing act.
Grace has even released her own debut EP, named My Kingdom in 2015 when she was just 18. Made up of four self-written songs, the album was completed in London’s Abbey Road studios – home to legendary band The Beatles.
Last year, Grace recorded a ‘deep house’ track Drop That with house producer and DJ act LiTek. Rocking a candy pink bob, viewers can see Grace show a different side to the homely girl portrayed on X Factor, with then-teen Grace delivering sass by the bucketful in the upbeat music vid.
The judges have already heaped praise on Grace as a special talent, with Pussycat Doll frontwoman Nicole dubbing her “this year’s James Arthur”.
Speaking at The X Factor press launch, she said: “There’s one person out of the girls category that made me say: ‘I want the girls!’ And that’s Grace Davies.”
Nicole added: “She sung her own original material and there was such authenticity to the act. It’s just the person is more transparent than ever and they’re telling you what kind of artist they are. It’s been really awesome and I’m excited about that.”
Head judge Simon couldn’t get enough either, adding: “I’ll tell you who’s amazing, by the way; Grace. She comes over so well – natural, normal, nice.
“She came in and she sings this beautiful song, and it makes you go, ‘That’s why I do this show.'”
While it seems the judges may’ve found their winner already, the X Factor press office stressed that Grace has “never been signed to a record label”.
The X Factor is on Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.