Alma Grace makes her mark with the release of her debut EP, Frida. The 4-track project dropped last week on May 5, Cinco de Mayo. It includes her two lead singles, “Girl Fight” and “Aventura,” along with two new songs, “Aztlán” and “Relámpago.”
The EP is inspired by the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo — someone Grace looked up to growing up. For her, Kahlo was a symbol of empowerment. The painter opened doors for Mexican-Americans and women, and this is what attracted Grace to her.
“Frida made me feel beautiful for my bushy eyebrows and black hair,” Grace says.
In this project, we see the 21-year-old artist create her own art in her unique way. Her music is pop yet includes traditional Latin elements. She also isn’t afraid of jumping back and forth between English and Spanish.
The storytelling behind this project is special because Grace is not only writing about her life but Kahlo’s as well. “Girl Fight” is a playful song that explores a love triangle with an unexpected ending. This is based on a similar story of Kahlo, where she runs away with the woman her husband cheated on her with.
“Aventura” shows off her bad girl side, a sexy song about her secret love affairs. “Aztlán” narrates the story of her Aztec origins. “Relámpago” explores Grace coping with pain.
The NYC native has a voice that is charming yet mature. Her songwriting and lyricism are honestly one of the highlights of the EP. It’s so poetic and visual. She is able to paint a vivid picture through her music flawlessly.
Grace is not only a musician but an actress and an activist. Just like Kahlo, she looks to use her platform to break boundaries both as a woman and a Mexican-American. Frida is only the start of that, and we can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
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