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David Grace

Composer, Performer

Biography

David Grace is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga decent.

Born in 1964 in Whanganui, David comes from a heavily musical family. His father Hugh Grace Snr is also a very talented musician. He spent the first 13 years of his life in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1977 where David began busking on the streets of Kings Cross, Sydney at the age of 16. He returned to New Zealand in 1981 and joined the country’s first home grown reggae band Chaos which formed in the 1970’s and had already established a foundation within New Zealand’s emerging reggae scene. His first gig with Chaos was for British based reggae band Black Slate in 1981.

In 1984 David was one of the founding members of Dread, Beat and Blood. He secured a record deal with Jim Moss from Jayrem Records, a relationship that still exists today. During this time their first album ‘Tribute to a friend’ was released. The band flourished on the New Zealand music scene and toured the North Island with Herbs, Ardijah and Aotearoa.

Dread, Beat and Blood began appearing on various national radio stations and made an appearance on NZ’s television series Close to Home. His music has also been heard on shows such as Shortland Street, Jackson’s Wharf and Māori Television show Boots and All with Glen Osborne. Dread, Beat and Blood released an EP in 1986 titled ‘No More War’.

David left the band in 1987 for family reasons. He returned to the music scene in 1990 forming family band Survival with older brothers Hugh Grace jnr, Anthony ‘Bones’ Grace, cousins Himiona Grace and two former members of Dread, Beat and Blood Sandy Ngatoro, Nathan Warren and Charlie Haenga Snr. Survival supported international act Youssou Ndour during his NZ tour in 1993. They released ‘Rua Kenana’ written by David, the song was selected to feature on the soundtrack of NZ movie ‘Once Were Warriors’. David remained with Survival until 1995, and then formed his band David Grace and Injustice.

Jayrem Records signed David to release his first solo album ‘Weapons of Peace’ which was released in November, 1997. The album was co-produced with renowned music producer Nigel Stone who has won several music awards with bands such as Netherworld Dancing Toys, Holiday Makers and one of NZ’s diva’s Annie Crummer. David also co-wrote a song with Māori singer/songwriter Whirimako Black and Justin Kereama called ‘Tuhoe’ which features on Whirimako album ‘Hohou Te Rongo’. Some of his songs also appear on compilation albums such as Tribal Stomp 1, Iwi Hit Disc, Māori Music Volume 1, Māori Music Collection, reggae bands Dread Beat and Blood and Jahnetix.

David’s unique song-writing ability combined with his natural music talent has earned him a mention in one of New Zealand’s music history books titled ‘Stranded in Paradise’ by author John Dix, which was first published in 1988 and revised in 2005.

He continues to deliver a staunch stance on Māori indigenous rights, equality, political views and world issues through his powerful lyrics and influential reggae sound. David and Injustice have performed and celebrated Māori music through local events Pao Pao Pao 2011/2012, Matariki celebrations 2012 and opened up for The Reggae Exhibition at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. In June 2012 they were supporting and backing band for Andrew Tosh on his ‘Tribute to Peter Tosh Tour’. This was a whirlwind month tour around the many iconic places in New Zealand. David also appeared on the Good Morning show alongside Andrew Tosh and Tiki Taane. Hawaiian band Kapena has released Rua Kenana on one of their albums which remains popular internationally.

Now residing in Australia since 2014, David still returns to Aotearoa New Zealand for concerts and is writing more material.