Somewhere between the ocean expanse and a desert wind.
“At the center of I See Jane is Rolland's rich, honey-toned vocals. While the music of I See Jane was crafted by an attuned ear, her heart shines through her astute musicality, and especially through her voice. Through it, Rising Sun Daughter demonstrates the love, longing, and resilience about which she sings, bewitching an attentive audience through her honest and vibrant expression. Through five tracks, she communicates her new project's potential with crystalline precision and an effervescent passion.”
“From time to time, people come into your life that just shine. Sometimes you even expect it because of their talent and ability to create beautiful art, but when their star shines about as bright as any can, it’s still overwhelming. You brace yourself for the impact, yet the wind can still get knocked right out of you. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Rolland is one such person. Under the moniker Rising Sun Daughter, she has released an extraordinary debut EP, I See Jane. ”
RISING SUN DAUGHTER is the space between. She is the story in the song. Sound under the silence. She knows everything about waves in the ocean and hot wind across the desert.
The debut EP I See Jane from RISING SUN DAUGHTER expresses the longing felt when apart from a loved one, the search for true home, the love for oneself and the connection with that which is yet unknown. Her soundscape is vast, touching earthy acoustic resonances in powerful vocals, strings, and pianos with shimmering synths, searing guitars, and harmony all amidst the blossoming silence.
Based in Mesa, AZ, Grace Rolland has a long musical history. Her grandfather was an illustrious pedagogue of classical string playing, and she was raised in a family of musicians and music educators. She trained classically on the cello, learned piano and guitar, and sang Patsy Montana in her family’s cowboy fiddle band. She developed a deep love of music and found in her voice her true companion. Adept at many instruments, Grace writes songs with attention turned to sound. The room, the body of the instrument, the shape of a word: her ear for sound and poeticism brings rich texture to her songwriting.
In 2010 Grace joined the traditional folk-Americana band Run Boy Run as cellist and vocalist. The band won the coveted Telluride Bluegrass Band contest (2011), appeared on A Prairie Home Companion twice (2011, 2012), released four studio records, and toured across the United States in the short span of 5 years. Grace showed herself as a skillful and electrifying performer, captivating audiences with her stage presence and vocal prowess.
During that time, RISING SUN DAUGHTER emerged in the quiet reverie of nights on the road, hotel rooms between shows, and moments back at home where she explored the electric guitar, experimented with lyrics and sound, and played with different musicians around the Phoenix area.
In 2016, Grace approached arranger and producer Ryan Alfred (Calexico, Sweet Ghosts) to record her music and, working in Saint Cecilia Studios in Tucson, AZ, with engineer Steven Lee Tracy and a cast of Tucson’s best players, they created I See Jane.
Before the sun sets, there is day.
When night falls, the cool washes over
and a rising sun daughter brings us closer
“Rolland’s approach to recording runs in opposition to the modern landscape she operates within, where barriers to entry are lower than ever [...]. With her, everything is meticulous. Each bead of sweat on the record is perfectly spent, as is every thought she’s given it [...].”
“That sense of serenity and openness inhabits her writing. Rolland's haunting, ethereal voice sweeps over imposing landscapes, rising and falling as if in conjunction with the land's contours.”