Grace (group)

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Grace was a 1990s British dance music act, consisting of the DJs Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne and the jazz singer Dominique Atkins.[1] The group's first single, "Not Over Yet" (originally released in 1993 and then again in 1995), had lead and backing vocals by the original frontwoman Patti Low. Atkins recorded her own lead vocals for "Not Over Yet" when it was included as the first track on the group's only album If I Could Fly.[2]

GenresTrance, pop, dance
Years active1993–1999
Past membersDominique Atkins
Paul Oakenfold
Steve Osbourne

History edit

The group was initially named State of Grace, shortened to Grace following the discovery of another group of the same name.[3] In existence from 1993 to 1997, the group served mainly to showcase Oakenfold and Osborne's production talents. They had seven Top 40 hits, most notably the dance anthem "Not Over Yet", which peaked at #6 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] and topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the US. The original front-woman, Patti Low, also recorded one other track while involved with Grace called "Helpless", which was only released as the B-side on the tape cassette release of "Not Over Yet" in 1995. Low appeared in the 1995 promotional video for "Not Over Yet" and also performed live lead-vocals in Grace's appearance on Top of the Pops in early 1995. For reasons unknown, she was then replaced as the lead singer with Dominique Atkins, of whom Oakenfold had become aware through her vocals on the previous Perfecto release "Passion" by Jon of the Pleased Wimmin. Subsequent recordings and personal appearances would feature Atkins as lead singer. The September 1995 track "I Want To Live" (UK #30)/(UK Dance #6)[5] which was a cover of the song by Gavin Friday[6] (also covered by Naomi Campbell[7]) had the "Not Over Yet" lead singer Low on backing vocals. Further singles by Grace were "Skin on Skin" (UK #21), "Down to Earth" (UK #20), "If I Could Fly" (UK #29), "Hand in Hand" (UK #38) and double A-side of "You're Not Mine" (renamed "Don't Call Me (You're Not Mine)") along with a re-release of "Down to Earth" (UK #29). The group released an album entitled If I Could Fly though this did not enter the chart.

"Skin on Skin" was a reworking of Oakenfold's "Perfecto Mix" of U2's "Lemon" that was released in 1993. Indeed, the Orange Mix of "Skin on Skin" is even closer to the original Perfecto Mix of "Lemon". The Orange Mix later appeared as the second track on Oakenfold's acclaimed Goa Mix (1994).

Atkins also recorded vocals for Tilt on their track "Rendezvous", which was retitled "Invisible", and was originally to be released as "Tilt feat. Grace", but the Grace title was dropped for the release.

The group was dissolved in 1997, when Oakenfold was touring more frequently as a performance DJ and could not commit to recording.

The group were on Oakenfold's Perfecto Records.

In 1999, "Not Over Yet" was re-released with new mixes by Planet Perfecto (another Oakenfold pseudonym) though the radio version was an edited version of the original 1995 Perfecto Radio Edit. All new versions and remixes on the re-release however, contained a combination of the original backing vocals by Low and lead vocals by Atkins. It again reached the UK Top 20, peaking at number 16.[4]

In 2007, "Not Over Yet" was reworked by the Klaxons and renamed "It's Not Over Yet", for their album Myths of the Near Future. In July 2011, new remixes of "Not Over Yet" were released by Perfecto. In December 2011, a new track for Grace (Dominique Atkins) was announced on Tilt's official Facebook page as being currently written.[8]

Grace singles edit

"Not Over Yet" (1995) edit

Charts edit

Chart (1995) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)[9] 12
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[10] 31
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Israel (IBA) 5
Scotland (OCC)[11] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 33
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 6
UK Dance (OCC)[14] 1
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 1

"I Want to Live" (1995) edit

Critical reception edit

James Masterton for Dotmusic wrote, "Now Grace is back with her second hit single, this time a cover version of a Gavin Friday track which was released several times back in 1992 yet never once made the charts, an injustice which is now finally corrected by this new version."[15] A reviewer from Music Week rated the song four out of five adding, "Shades of It's All Over abound in this tuneful number which should echo the success of its predecessor."[16] An editor, Alan Jones, wrote that "a lightly synth-textured, almost ethereal delight, it has only just been released to the clubs, but watch it go."[17] James Hamilton from the RM Dance Update deemed it an "hypnotic cooing throbber".[18]

Charts edit

Chart (1995) Peak
Scotland (OCC)[19] 32
UK Singles (OCC) 30
UK Dance (OCC)[20] 6

"Skin on Skin" (1996) edit

Critical reception edit

Larry Flick from Billboard praised the track. He wrote, "Oh-so-charming Perfecto U.K. ingenue Grace continues her rapid ascension into international pop consciousness with "Skin On Skin", a trance/NRG anthem inspired by producer (and Perfecto founder) Paul Oakenfold's 1995 underground hit "Orange". Her wispy, ethereal voice has a sharper edge here, no doubt urged on by the track's forceful bassline and racing synths. The double pack of remixes succeeds in giving DJs several shades of keyboard drama to work with, though the beat never goes below the wind-knocking pace of the primary A-side vocal version. For those who want to monitor the track's progression from "Orange" to "Skin On Skin", the original jam is also included. A winning single that leaves you wanting to hear more and more of this intriguing young performer."[21]

Charts edit

Chart (1996) Peak
Scotland (OCC)[22] 24
UK Singles (OCC) 21
UK Dance (OCC)[23] 3

"Down to Earth" (1996) edit

Critical reception edit

J.D. Considine from The Baltimore Sun felt that "instead of riding the surging hook of "Down to Earth", her voice floats blithely atop it, swept away by the beats as completely as a dancer would be."[24] A reviewer from Music Week rated the song three out of five, adding, "The hook doesn't really hammer home but superb production ensures this track still has impact. Likely to be a moderate success."[25] James Hamilton from the RM Dance Update described it as a "Dominique Atkins cooed scurrying sweet soundscaper".[26] Also another editor, Tim Jeffery, gave it three out of five, declaring it as "another sweetly-sung melody from Grace over a succession of remixes" and a "commercial trancer".[27] In 1997, Music Week rated the song four out of five. A reviewer wrote, "Singer Dominique Atkins looks set to repeat the success of Not Over Yet with this sweet slice of dancefloor pop with a chirruping vocal hookline."[28]

Charts edit

Chart (1996) Peak
Scotland (OCC)[29] 16
UK Singles (OCC) 20
UK Dance (OCC)[30] 8

"If I Could Fly" (1996) edit

Critical reception edit

Larry Flick from Billboard praised the song, writing, "Once again, angelic Perfecto singer Grace hits the mark with yet another brilliantly crafted single, "If I Could Fly". Dreamy as can be, the track has been properly tweaked by Smith & Mighty and LTJ Bukem."[31]

Charts edit

Chart (1996) Peak
Scotland (OCC)[32] 35
UK Singles (OCC) 29
UK Dance (OCC)[33] 5

"Hand in Hand" (1997) edit

Charts edit

Chart (1997) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)[34] 85
Scotland (OCC)[35] 32
UK Singles (OCC) 38
UK Dance (OCC)[36] 8

See also edit

References edit

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