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Stella Prince, Grace Pettis, and Micki Balder

October 27 @ 7:00 pm

Swallow Hill Music Presents Stella Prince, Grace Pettis, and Micki Balder – a unique mix of amazing singer-songwriters!
Doors 6PM/Show 7PM

About The Artists

Stella Prince

Originally from Woodstock, NY and now established in Nashville, Stella is a singer/songwriter, who brings a heartfelt authenticity to contemporary music. Stella’s goal is to share and express the intensity of feelings currently experienced by her generation and beyond, through her deeply evocative lyrics, beautifully crafted melodies and angelic, haunting vocals. Since 2021 she has played hundreds of shows nationally and internationally, playing at legendary venues from London to Austin. Numerous radio interviews and publications have praised her incredible voice and predicted the attention Stella is receiving through performances, recordings and radio play. Her timeless music embraces the beautiful and inspiring aspects of Americana, Folk and

Country music, encouraging a hugely devoted multi-generational fanbase. Stella has had a huge year of touring. In 2023 alone she played over 200 shows, many of them sold out, in theaters and listening rooms across the US, and in the UK. She recently finished a completely sold out tour of England in October and November 2023, with glowing reviews and features from outlets such as BBC 6, Country in The UK, Americana UK, York Press, and The Sheffield Telegraph. Stella was the youngest performer to headline multiple international venues. Nationally, her touring has taken her to legendary venues s Her debut music video has received support from CMT, Ditty TV, Heartland, and Style City Music,, and now has over 100,000 views on YouTube. In 2023, Stella founded Nashville’s first and only Americana showcase for female musicians. Her social media following has taken off with 50k followers across platforms, and a million streams on Spotify alone, and in 2023 she was featured in magazines such as Nashville Scene, Nashville Noise, Music City Magazine, Girls Life Magazine, Mix Magazine, and more.

Grace Pettis

“I thought a lot about what to call this album. I tossed around a lot of different titles, pulled from lines I liked or themes the record seemed to have. But in the end, it really had to be called Working Woman because the album, like the song, is not subtle. It’s about recognizing and honoring the work that women do in every space in our society. It’s about claiming our own power and place in the world. This record is about the work women do and valuing that work,” says Grace Pettis, explaining the title of her new debut album for MPress Records, Working Woman.

Produced by lauded singer-songwriter Mary Bragg, and mixed by 2x Grammy® award winner Shani Gandhi (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical), the record features an all-female/non-binary band. The rest of the album credits are female/non-binary as well: co-writers, engineers, photographer, and graphic designer included. Guest contributions come from Indigo Girls (“Landon”), Ruthie Foster (“Pick Me Up”), Dar Williams (“Any Kind of Girl”), The Watson Twins (“Never Get It Back”), Gina Chavez (“Mean Something”) and Mary Bragg (“Paper Boat”).

Grace epitomizes the term singer/songwriter. As a singer, her voice is both powerful and beautiful, and she uses it like a fine arts painter to color and craft her songs. American Songwriter Magazine wrote “As a decorated songwriter, Pettis blurs the lines between country, Americana and folk. Her soulful delivery of calculated lyric lines helps her tell stories for all generations.” Her songs have been recorded by many esteemed artists, including Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster. Grace explains, “The songs that ring the truest often come from my own feelings and memories. People need upbeat songs they can dance to, but they need sad songs, too. Hard songs. The songs that are the hardest and most painful to write seem to be the most healing. I write from wherever I happen to be. If I’m happy, I write a happy song. If I’m sad, I write a sad song. If the world is on fire, so are my songs.”

Asked about her conscious choice to work with an all-female/non-binary creative team for Working Woman, Grace explains, “As a feminist, I can’t complain that the industry is unfair to women if I’m not actively working on whatever level I’m at to change it for others. I don’t feel the need to cloak my own feminism in metaphors anymore or sidle up to it with a wink so I don’t offend anyone. Here in the US, women make up something like 22% of chart-topping artists, across all genres. We are 2% of the producers credited on those charts, and just about 12% of the songwriters. Less than 1% of chart-topping songs are written without men. Meaning, we are literally not hearing women. The fact is, women like me work our tails off. We have to, to carve out our place in the world. It’s past time to recognize and honor women’s contributions. This is our time and we will make the rules. We are not asking for respect anymore. Now, we are demanding it.”

From an early age, Grace was encouraged to speak her mind and to express herself musically. Words and music were the family heirlooms she inherited from her parents, a traveling songwriter (Pierce Pettis) and poetry scholar (Dr. Margaret Mills Harper), who were divorced by the time she was a small child. As a result of that separation, she was raised in two very different parts of the “Deep South”: the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, and the backwoods of Mentone, Alabama. Grace’s musical influences run the gamut of Southern sounds: from mountain music and gospel to country and folk to R&B and hip hop. Pierce was on the road a lot, and the albums he left for her to listen to while he was touring the country and sending paychecks home were both a way to be closer to him and a driving influence in her writing from an early age. She was writing songs as soon as she could talk and enlisting help from her mom to get them down on paper by the time she was five.

An award-winning singer-songwriter from Austin via Alabama, this isn’t Pettis’ first rodeo. For Grace, who has been characterized as “a little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana, and a whole lot of soul,” 2020 had many silver linings. She signed with MPress Records, released three critically acclaimed singles – “Landon”, White Noise”, and “Drop Another Pin” (with “Landon” landing at #10 on The Bluegrass Situation’s year-end “The Women Who Wrote Our 2020 Soundtrack”), and recorded Working Woman in Nashville.

Micki Balder

Denver-based singer-songwriter Micki Balder explains your feelings and experiences using the words you couldn’t find. With tender vocals and subtle fingerpicking reminiscent of First Aid Kid and the Weepies, she tells musical tales of bittersweet stories, budding love, and heartbreak, bringing her listeners together to participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.



October 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Swallow Hill Music – Tuft Theatre
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210 United States