John Gracie is a Canadian folk music artist. Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia,Gracie is a three-time East Coast Music Awards Male Artist of the Year, winning in 1989, 1990 and 2000.He has also received nominations from the Juno Awards and the RPM Music Awards, among others. His song “Pass It On” was selected as a theme song for food banks across Canada. This song was also included on the CD, Tears of a Thousand Years, featuring Canadian Folk Artists, which was produced to raise money for the victims and families of September 11th tragedy.
John began singing before he was speaking! His mother would often find him behind the coal stove singing his little heart out. He thought if you couldn’t see him, you couldn’t hear him. John’s mother knew John had a special gift and sent him to vocal lessons when he turned 4. He started writing songs shortly after that. One day, he came out of the bathroom crying, his Mom asked him what was wrong. He replied through his tears, “Mommy, I just wrote a very sad song.” John went on to perform as a teenager in local events and on local radio. He taught himself to play the guitar and wrote continuously. In university, he performed and hosted intercollegiate folk festivals and was a favourite on the college circuit. After university, he started to perform professionally.
He moved to Halifax and at that point began touring the globe, performing on national television and recorded his first album. A Fortune Teller once told John’s mother that she saw a guitar in her son’s life and that it would bring him everything he wanted in life. After much success, John continues to grow musically. John is married to Andree and has three children, John Coady, Samantha and Nash.
Acheivements & Events
-International touring artist, across North America, Europe and Japan
-John Gracie Catalogue- 13 CDs and 1 DVD- received gold record for over 50,000 in sales
-Chosen as main stage showcase artist for Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference
- Received a gold record for his original composition Seabird’s Cry
- Received international acclaim for his tribute to songwriter Gene MacLellan. Distributed by EMI Music, John Gracie-A Gene MacLellan Tribute was listed as a Canadian best seller.
- Performed two songs for Sesame Street