13,000 Spotify streams for Suffolk student's debut single

Grace Calver's debut single 'Zombie Conversations' has over 13,000 streams on Spotify, and has bee

Grace Calver's debut single 'Zombie Conversations' has over 13,000 streams on Spotify, and has been played on radio stations all around the world. - Credit: Grace Calver/Lee Thomas

A Suffolk student has achieved success with her first music single, featuring on over 30 radio stations in the UK and being played in USA. 

Grace Calver, 18, a student at Suffolk One, has had her debut single ‘Zombie Conversations’ streamed more than 13,000 times on Spotify, and has been featured on BBC radio stations.

All instruments on the single including guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals were played by Grace, apart from the drums. 

Grace Calver performing in the Ipswich Town fan zone at the start of the season

Ipswich town fan, Grace Calver performing in the fan zone before a match at the start of the season - Credit: Grace Calver

Grace started music at a very young age, first learning violin when she was six-years-old, and piano when she was seven.

She has reached grade seven in singing, and started song-writing after starting the guitar and not playing the violin as much.

The song, praised by Radio 1 presenter Jack Saunders, has been listened to in 20 countries around the world, reaching as far as New Zealand, Japan and Brazil.

She has previously performed at Latitude Festival, and, being an Ipswich Town fan, along with her dad, has also performed in the Ipswich fan zone towards the start of the season before a match.

Grace Calver's single Zombie Conversations album cover, designed by Lee Thomas

Grace Calver's single Zombie Conversations album cover, designed by Lee Thomas - Credit: Grace Calver/Lee Thomas

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Grace said: "I’m so thrilled by all the support from people listening and streaming my song and all the different radio stations that have played it.

"Hearing people sing along to Zombie Conversations when I’ve played gigs has been mind-blowing."

Grace wrote the single during lockdown, after being frustrated at the amount of "dead" conversations she was having with people online.

"It's about meeting people online and sitting and waiting for that notification to pop up on your phone they have replied.

Grace Calver performing at the Smokehouse in Ipswich, where she will also be performing soon with James White and the Wildfir

Grace Calver performing at the Smokehouse in Ipswich, where she will also be performing soon with James White and the Wildfire. She is also performing at the Ipswich May Day. - Credit: Grace Calver

"Then the disappointment of realising that they really weren't the one and you've just wasted your time on someone that you never really knew."

Grace has been accepted to study songwriting and music business at the BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music) Institution, which has such alumni like George Ezra and James Bay. 

She is hoping to release her new single ‘bored of u’ in May following her success with Zombie Conversations, which is available to stream on all platforms.