Photographed by: KAUSA

Photographed by: KAUSA

Grace Sahertian (born 18 October 1985) is an Indonesian soul-jazz singer and songwriter. She also has a Master Degree in Design and a lecturer in Fashion Design program. Blessed with a soulful voice, Grace sings with her heart, her gracious voice gives an enormous vibe of huge glimpse of what she felt through her music.  Grace’s musical style is rooted in gospel, jazz and soul music. She noted Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin as her earliest musical influence she grew up on, and later Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill. Those inspiring female musicians have helped her to develop her own 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. 

Throughout her musical career for more than 12 years, Grace has performed in 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 released her debut album HELA in 2016, produced by Tesla Manaf, marking her introduction as a solo artist. Grace has currently released 3 music videos from her debut album. Diam, which is the only track in HELA that uses Indonesian language and sung by acapella format, Better to Love, a track delivered with pop-motown arrangements and Fallin', a sentimental track that shows her effortless silky-smooth tone-a cross between soft voice and comforting melody.

Referring to her effortless silky-smooth tone, there was a proud moment for Grace that happened when she was performing for Java Jazz Festival 2017. Kirk Whalum—the 2011 Grammy Award Winner for Best Gospel Song and a jazz saxophonist and songwriter, approached Grace shortly after she finished and praised her performance as his highlight for the night. 

Grace’s encounter with Kirk Whalum results in a collaboration for Whalum’s upcoming project, a collaborations album with artists from various countries. In addition to Whalum’s project, Grace Sahertian's latest single “Beautiful” is also featuring  Kirk Whalum. Grace teamed up with David Manuhutu, a young pianist graduated from the Berklee College of Music as a producer. Written from the female perspective and mainly reflects on the quality of human being, she delightfully sends a positive message to her listeners to appreciate their own self-worth.

"We are seeds of love, wrapped in endless grace" - Grace Sahertian.