Grace McLean, hailed as “electrifying” by The Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times, is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music and theater. With her recently signed record deal with Meridian/ECR Music Group (Sony), she’s set to release her debut full-length album, “My Lovely Enemy,” in 2024. The title track-single, unveiled on September 14th, is a testament to McLean’s prowess as a singer, writer, and actor. Stephen Holden of The New York Times rightly observes that “Ms. McLean’s voice [is] a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power.”
In this new single, McLean delves into the life of 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, using her poetry as a springboard to explore the martyrdom of Saint Ursula. McLean beautifully captures the juxtaposition of mourning and celebration, revealing the profound joy that can be found in sacrifice. Producer Justin Goldner masterfully brings out the essence of the song, creating a sonic world that feels both distant in time and vividly present. As the track progresses, there’s a transformation akin to the shift from black-and-white to Technicolor, painting a rich, macabre tapestry of sound.
Mixed by Jack DeBoe and mastered by Blake Morgan, “My Lovely Enemy” is a sonic triumph. Accompanied by a captivating short film/music video directed by Mau Quiros, McLean’s debut album promises to be a tour de force in early 2024. With a list of accolades and accomplishments that include a Richard Rodgers Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and recognition from prestigious institutions like Lincoln Center Theater, McLean has established herself as a true luminary. Her ability to weave history, music, and emotion together sets her apart as an artist to watch. Get ready to be entranced by Grace McLean’s musical journey, where every note is an invitation to step into a world of haunting beauty.