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Grace Knight is one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. With ARIA awards and nominations and chart topping recordings in each of the past three decades, her career spans 40 years.
Acclaimed for her live performances, Grace is one of the finest interpreters of popular music in Australia today. Knight’s spellbinding performances touch the soul and lift the heart. Her magical presence connects with audiences of all ages like few others can.
She blew audiences away throughout the eighties as lead singer of internationally successful band Eurogliders. She captivated fans with her “Manic Ballerina” stage persona and Eurogliders took the charts by storm.
As a solo artist she transformed herself from Pop Princess to Queen of Cool and lit up the screen in ABC TV’s award winning mini-series, Come In Spinner. A string of successful solo albums followed. During her jazz career, Grace has done countless live shows including performances for five Australian Prime Ministers, President Clinton of the United States, Princess Diana, and the Thai Royal Family
Her most recent jazz albums, “Willow” in 2008 and “Keep Cool Fool” in 2012 were released to critical acclaim and both received ARIA nominations.
Never one to slow down and rest on her laurels, Grace released her critically acclaimed autobiography, Pink Suit for a Blue Day in 2010. Written with wit and warmth, she combines hilarious stories from her childhood with frank revelations of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Grace felt obliged to write her story to show solidarity with the countless other victims of childhood abuse.
As well as her grueling schedule of live work and recording Grace made a guest appearance in the long running TV show, Neighbours. She is an Ambassador for Heal For Life Foundation, an organisation that empowers people to heal from childhood trauma and abuse and is a patron to the Choir Of Hard Knocks and in 2010 re-recorded her smash hit, Heaven (Must Be There), with the choir.
In 2013 Grace Knight & Bernie Lynch reformed Eurogliders and have been touring since then. In 2015 they released their 6th studio album titled, “Don’t Eat The Daisies”, which featured stripped back performances of many of their hits in addition to a number of new songs.
2016 sees the release of Grace Knight’s 8th solo album, “Fragile”. This new album is a departure from jazz and features 12 new songs penned by her old partner in crime, Bernie Lynch.
The songs on Fragile are a departure from the jazz Knight is famous for and have touches of blues, soul and folk, and demonstrate her ability to effortlessly move across genres whilst maintaining her signature vocal style. Fragile is already receiving critical acclaim and Knight’s legions of fans love the new songs.
The EUROGLIDERS story begins in 1981, in Perth, Australia……the most isolated city in the world.
Within a decade of forming, EUROGLIDERS had recorded four albums, enjoyed a multitude of chart topping singles and been awarded a swag of awards from around the globe, for both music and video. But EUROGLIDERS truly began as a love story between a songwriter and a singer, both of whom had their own bands.
Today, some 25 years later, the relationship between that singer and that songwriter may have changed but the love of performing and their long enduring friendship continues every night on stage.
Let’s go back a bit. Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch met in Perth. Grace was lead singer for a band named 'Lumiere’; and Bernie, lead singer for 'Living Single'.
They met, fell in love and Grace took over the lead singing role for 'Living Single'. They changed their name to EUROGLIDERS and suddenly everything changed……..their lives would never be the same.
The songs that Bernie wrote now took on a life of their own in Grace’s hands. Crowds doubled, then tripled, recordings were made, played on radio and record companies arrived at the sleepy, sun drenched hamlet of Perth with cheque books in hand, ready to sign the act.
With Grace Knight, the 'manic ballerina', and Bernie Lynch on vocals and guitar, their performances were a rallying cry of anthems that audiences sung along with till their lungs were bursting. Songs like 'Heaven', 'We Will Together', 'Can't Wait To See You', 'Absolutely' and 'The City of Soul' became the songs of a young Australian generation. Life was a long dizzying ride to the top of the charts and ten Top Ten charting singles and albums were the result.
The next decade saw EUROGLIDERS travel the world, charting in countries like Japan and America. 'Heaven' was a top five hit on the Billboard USA charts and the band won numerous Countdown and MTV awards. A darling of MTV, EUROGLIDERS performed 'live' on MTV's New Year’s Eve party in New York, broadcast to over 65 million people.
Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch have continued, in the years after the Eighties, to engage people in their lives.........Grace Knight has forged an entirely new and separate career, acting in the award winning TV mini-series 'Come in Spinner' and recording many award winning jazz albums. Grace is considered to be one of the foremost singers in Australia. In addition to collecting an ARIA award in 1993 for the Platinum certified album, Come In Spinner, she’s one of only a handful of people to be nominated for ARIA awards in three separate decades. Bernie Lynch continued writing music for theatre and forged, with Collette Dinnigan, a fashion empire that continues to win innovative awards.
But the much needed break from EUROGLIDERS would not last long. An album of entirely new songs was released in 2006, a national tour performed and it was obvious that the magic was still there.
In 2015, EUROGLIDERS released a new CD titled 'Don't Eat The Daisies', comprised of both new songs and re-workings of some of the classic EUROGLIDERS’ hits, including 'We Will Together' and 'Heaven'.
The new songs talk of love, of rebirth and of finding ones sense of self and so, nothing’s changed really, has it? A review of the album 'Groove' in 1989 commented that EUROGLIDERS’ songs “look at what happens when two people fall for each other.....the good times, the transcendent moments, the children, the separation and the aftermath'.................”.
2016 sees the release of Fragile, Grace’s latest solo project comprising of twelve new songs penned by Bernie Lynch. In a departure from jazz, Fragile consists of blues, soul and even folk tracks. Fragile has already received rave reviews.
Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch may not be married anymore but their love for each other and the smiling warmth seen on stage every night are a shining example of the sheer joy that only music can provide.