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ACL Fest 2013: Grace London

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 4, 2013

Grace London’s story — Austin singer-songwriter feels claustrophobic in the local scene and moves to Los Angeles for better opportunities — is an old one, especially the part where she realizes how much she truly loves Austin and returns with a new appreciation. But the difference in London’s homesick blues is that the singer is 13 years old. When her father, Eric, temporarily relocated to the West Coast for a job as development director for Toms shoes in 2012, Grace joined him.

“LA was just so competitive,” she says. “I wasn’t really into that. It just feels more supportive here in Austin.”

On her return in July, London immediately went back into the studio with noted producer Brian Beattie (Okkervil River, Daniel Johnston) in the hope of completing her full-length album debut by the end of the year.

“I had never had anybody talk to me about my music before like Brian had,” London said recently. “It wasn’t like a parent-child thing. It was like an equal.” London was in third grade at the time.

Beattie and London produced her “Rocketship Girl” EP last year, with Ben Redman of Residual Kid on drums and Beattie on bass. London has occasionally performed with the Kid, including a sold-out show at the Mohawk opening for Mission of Burma in 2011. “I never get stage fright,” she says.

London performs at 2:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 11 on the Kiddie Limits stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. – Michael Corcoran

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This video is part of a set of exclusive performances from Austin City Limits Music Festival acts, filmed at locations all around Austin by American-Statesman and Austin360 staff videographers.