• Matthew Schwartz

Penny Lame

PENNY LAME is the next wave of rock music. Based in Los Angeles, California, Penny brings back the 1970’s and all the glam that comes with it, transporting you back to the age of the Velvet Underground in New York City. Capturing the essence of Studio 54 and the beautiful crossover of punk music and disco, her sound and look are something you would have seen at CBGB alongside Debbie Harry.

Growing up in Nashville, TN, Gracen Hill wasn't allowed to be Penny Lame. She was someone else. Not knowing where she fit in, the boys would make her cry and she expressed herself by filling up her school notebooks with lyrics and scribbling songs all over her hands. She remembers singing “Phenomena" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and wanting to be Karen O more than anything. This aesthetic did not fit in with the Nashville scene 15 years ago.

When Gracen turned 20, she got a publishing deal, dropped out of college, and got signed with a label. Cool story, but in classic female in the music industry fashion she ended up getting taken for a ride and steered away from the music she loved. They had her writing cookie cutter pop and she never saw a dime for any of it. A few years later, Gracen parted ways with the music industry after handing over her identity, her name, and her music.

There was an imposter syndrome that kicked in full force as a longing for childhood sent her spiraling back to the days of writing lyrics up and down her arms. She was reborn as Penny Lame - a fully independent artist in control of her own destiny and ready to melt your face off.


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