Grace Potter on Women in Music: "We're in This Weird Separate Category, Doesn't Make Sense"

"It's not to say that I [was] afraid of success," she says, "but there's a point where you don't want to over-saturate your ability to have freedom and not have to walk around with security guards everywhere. I don't want that level of stardom.

"If we do succeed and get accolades and find ourselves in the mix of some grand, overwhelming success, I want it to be for the songs that we love and for the songs that we're going to want to play night after night."

Think Tom Petty.

"That's the kind of success I'm looking for," she says. "He is still able to enjoy quite a lot of privacy and is still considered a great songwriter and person of influence. He is my God!"

To some, Potter is a god in her own right. And the 29-year-old singer understands her job as an empowering role model.

"It's a heavy weight to bear to be called somebody's idol or to have people say, 'I look up to you so much.' Or, 'You're an inspiration to me,' " she admits. "More than anything, it's just flattering and inspiring to me. It makes me want to be a better person."

She also strives to be a better performer, day in and day out. So when Grace Potter and the Nocturnals swing through the Fillmore Miami Beach this Saturday, the feisty frontwoman promises to give it her all.

"Miami is one of those places I dream about moving to," she says. "I feel like you already have the party going. I just want to be the band that wanders into the middle of it and makes the party better. There's not much we could do to make you guys happier than you already seem to be, but we're going to do our darnedest."

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The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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and otaku_grau is the mail I made when I was 13, I've became a serious music student XD 


I used to love Pat Benatar, but first time I listened GPN's music I thought: Pat Benatar is a beginner compared with grace potter. Grace has an amazing voice, she is one of the best songwritters in this world and she is a great talented musician, and don't forget she is beatiful as heaven, and wilde as a lion; for me she is the perfect woman, and GPN is the perfect band playing their music, enjoying it, and don't losing their points of view. I love my country, Catalunya, but we have no big concerts and festivals here and I'm desperate to listen one concert of GPN in Barcelona.!


@otaku_grau I've been listening to Benatar for 30 yrs; your opinion. Potter is great but not even remotely in Benatar's category at this time. Benatar's music library and vocal range and also being an icon; not to be taken lightly.


@talkingocean @otaku_grau Ok...  I am very familiar with both artists and have seen them both live. Pat Benatar's voice is INSANELY good! I could listen to her live all day. Just incredible. She still sounds great after all this time and flat out gives me chills sometimes. Grace Potter is a different dynamic. She has a great voice, great songs, but it is the live performance that sets her apart from almost any other performer, male or female. Grace's recent performance at Jannus Landing in St. Pete this year was the single best live performance I have ever seen and I have seen many live performances. I don't know sometine the planets align... I love them both!

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