Photographed by: Sandy Adriadi

Photographed by: Sandy Adriadi

Grace Sahertian is an Indonesian  singer and songwriter. She also has a Master Degree in Design and a lecturer in Fashion Design program. Her gracious voice gives an enormous vibe of huge glimpse of what she felt through her music. Grace has a broad musical palette but mostly rooted in gospel, jazz, soul and pop music. Largely self-taught, Grace started her song-writing process with some simple chords since she was in High School. In 2006, she began her career as a professional singer. Used to front a band, Grace’s musical exploration ranging from Palm From Moodytunes, a swing-pop-jazz band, then Margo Rising Stars, a band full of bright young musicians initiated by Benny Likumahuwa, performing gospel jazz music at her church ministry with Vence & David Manuhutu, co-produced mini album “Grace & Tesla” with guitarist Tesla Manaf categorised under world music genre, and releasing song in online media with her band, Circle O Fifth. The song “Honestunes” was able to enter indie top charts in local radio stations. 

After years of honing her craft through various music festivals, collaborated with an array of great Indonesian musicians and bands such as Iwan Fals, Jamie Aditya, Benny Likumahuwa Jazz Connection, and guest featured on tracks by Tulus, DJ Andezzz, Starlight and The Milo, Grace Sahertian released her debut album HELA in 2016, marking her introduction as a solo artist. Produced by Tesla Manaf, HELA is a multi-colour album, poetically presented and deeply explored, which will bring the listeners to adventure from one taste to another. “Hela”, which also the first track on her debut album, is using Yamdena language, a region in Western Southeast Maluku,Indonesia, which is approximately 200-year-old language and nearly extinct. 

In April 2018, Grace released her single “Beautiful”, featuring  Kirk Whalum, the 2011 Grammy Award Winner for Best Gospel Song and a jazz saxophonist and songwriter. Grace and Kirk met at the Java Jazz Festival 2017. At that time, right after Grace sealed her performance, Kirk approached her and praised her performance. He even said that Grace was the highlight of his JJF 2017’s experience. Grace will also be featured  in Whalum’s upcoming project, “Humanité, the Beloved Community”, in partnership with award-winning music producer James McMillan. Humanité is due out anytime soon in Fall 2019. 

Her latest single, “Apart” is out in January 2019. Grace explores her musicality by carving out a throwback 80’s synth-pop arrangement, produced by a pianist/composer graduated from Berklee College of Music, David Manuhutu. For mixing and mastering process, Grace got substantial support from James McMillan, a multi award winning producer/mixer/musician from United Kingdom. Apart is a forlorn piece of two people who went on different direction. As much as it hurts, they had to completely letting each other go as a part of growing up process.  Accepting the change and finding peace, that’s what Apart is about

Grace is also included as one of the collaborator among other finest artists from all over the world including Barry Likumahuwa and Afgan from Indonesia, Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, vocalist/guitarist Zahara, one of South Africa’s biggest stars; Kasiva Mutwa of Nairobi; and the veteran UK jazz vocalist Liane Carroll for Kirk Whalum’s latest album Humanité, released in October 2019. A portion of Grace’s own record Fallin' from her debut album Hela has been rearranged by Kirk Whalum and his award-winning music producer James McMillan into a new composition called Peace. There is also an accompanying feature-length documentary movie “Humanité, the Beloved Community”. Woven from the words, stories, and original melodies of an incredibly diverse cast, the documentary movie channels the ethos of civil rights in a raw and compassionate bid for global harmony.

And the peace comes over me,

The worries just fade away,

I choose to dream forever…