Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grace Potter Goes Solo

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Grace Potter Goes Solo

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WANT TO GO?

Grace Potter

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today WHERE: Clay Center TICKETS: $28.50 to $48.50 INFO: theclaycenter.org

Grace Potter turns up the heat at her live shows.

"She's so sexy she makes me feel sexy, one of my fellow festival- goers told me after her recent performance at Floydfest in Virginia.

During a recent interview, Potter gave me the perfect lead-in to ask about that subject when we were talking about how high-energy her performances are.

Potter, a talented singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, explained the reason why her shows are so high-intensity: she's in serious multitasking mode.

She said the music energizes her and inspires her to bring out different elements of herself, noting that she can be an "internal philosopher and "powerfully sexy at the same time.

"I can get my ya-yas out, she said. "I can scream and shriek. I can be powerfully sexy.

I had been meaning to ask about that, I told her.

Potter told me it was "a beautiful expression of humanity to just acknowledge that we're all sexual beings put on earth to do one thing - procreate.

"Since I have no plans of doing that, I might as well enjoy the peacock shows that go with it, she said. "Kids are not on the horizon for me right now but the practice is really fun.

Turns out, Potter wasn't always so confident in her own skin. She used to be a self-described "ugly duckling as a girl.

"I was not a pretty child, she said.

Potter remembers comparing herself to friends in adolescence. Meanwhile, she had braces until she was 16, a flat chest, glasses and a bad haircut.

She said she had to sit on the sidelines watching while her friends had their "summer of love moments.

"All my friends were so (expletive) beautiful, she said.

"I got to wingman everyone my entire adolescence.

It wasn't until her early-to-mid 20s that she learned she had a fire inside of her waiting to come out, Potter said.

"It was like a wild horse that had never been bridled, she said.

She remembers starting to realize new ways to wear her hair and make-up, and the confidence that came with it.

"All of a sudden, things changed, she said. …

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