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Rising country music star credits his career to his Oklahoma roots

OWASSO, Okla. – Gracee Shriver of Owasso is a rising country music star who says she owes it all to her Oklahoma roots.

“I love my family, I love my friends, and I love Jesus,” says Gracee Shriver.

Shriver debuted through two twists of fate. The first happened at just nine years old when she won a guitar at Claremore’s Bluegrass and Chili Festival.

Shriver recalled, “They got together to draw my name. It was a goddamn thing. That’s how I got my start in music. The next year I went back because I needed a plug-in guitar, because I really fell in love playing it, and they pulled my name for the one that plugged in too!”

She has since stopped playing. The Owasso graduate now lives in Nashville, attends Belmont University and continues to create music.

“Songwriting is one of my favorite parts,” says Shriver.

In fact, the first song she wrote in Music City, Broken Record, was a hit.

“I decided to do a video, my first legit video, and then CMT picked it up. I got put on several radio stations, which was a big blessing as well,” Shriver says.

She says her time on season 17 of The Voice on NBC was also a blessing. And she recently joined Blake Shelton’s Spring Blake Tour.

“He’s great. I got a lot of opportunities because of him,” Shriver said.

Shriver has had quite a bit of celebrity contact this year, including an invite to the Country Music Awards.

“To be there and see the authentic reactions of each of the winners, which I dream of one day… it’s so cool!” said Shriver.

Shriver has the perfect dress for her dream day on stage. Her prom was canceled during the pandemic, but she still has a dress. She plans to wear this dress the first time she accepts an award or performs at an award show on stage. In May, Shriver will take the stage at Cain’s Ballroom for the Oklahoma Women in Song Project. It’s a fundraiser for women in country music.

“I got a call and was asked to be a rep for this, which was an honor because some amazing women came from Oklahoma: Carrie, Reba, all of them,” Shriver said.

It’s a list Shriver hopes to join as her latest single is released.

“It’s a fun summer jam. It’s called When He’s Around. It’s a fun song, roll your windows down.”

You can’t help but support this hometown girl, whose sparkle and brilliance match that of a star.

“My hope for the future is that my music gets out to more people and can continue to make a difference and make some little girls want to sing into their hairbrush!” said Shriver.

Shiver’s new single drops Friday on all streaming platforms. She also tells 2 News Oklahoma’s Julie Chin that she has spoken with labels and has a few other projects in the works.

Click here to learn more about Gracee Shriver and listen to more of her music.

Be sure to watch this whole story and hear Gracee sing Tuesday at 6 p.m. on 2 News Oklahoma.


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