|How it all began
John began singing before he was speaking! His mother would often find him behind the coal stove singing his little heart out. He thought if you couldn't see him, you couldn't hear him. John's mother knew John had a special gift and sent him to vocal lessons when he turned 4. He starting writing songs shortly after that. One day, he came out of the bathroom crying, his Mom asked him what was wrong. He replied through his tears, "Mommy, I just wrote a very sad song."
John went on to perform as a teenager in local events and on local radio. He taught himself to play the guitar and wrote continuously. In unversity, he performed and hosted intercollegiate folk festivals and was a favourite on the college circuit.
After university, he started to perform professionally.
He moved to Halifax and at that point began touring the globe, performing on national television and recorded his first album.
A fortune teller once told John's mother that she saw a guitar in her son's life and that it would bring him everything he wanted in life.
After much success, John continues to grow musically. John is married to Andree and has three children, John Coady, Samantha and Nash.
For bookings/info: tel: 902 446 6995
-International touring artist
-currently producing new duets CD for fall 2010 release
-Fall 2008 Release of best of CD, Recollections Then Again
-2007 Export opportunities in Florida and the UK for Christmas Show
and Concert by the Sea
-2007 Festival touring and announcement of starring role in Stan
Rogers Matter of the Heart theatre production by Eastern Front Theatre
-2006 Christmas touring including performance at Bryant Park, Manhattan
-2006 release of Christmas Album-Simply Christmas- Volume 2- Nevada
-2006 ECMA Nominee for Folk Album of the Year
-Producer, Birch Mountain Bluegrass Band’s new CD
-2005 nominee Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, Nova Scotia Music Awards
-2005 National Touring of Christmas As I Remember It (new Christmas
CD to be released Fall/05)
-2005 North American Summer touring
-2005 Guest star of Kanata, national TV show featuring Tom Jackson,
-2005 Showcase at North American Folk Alliance
-2005 Showcase at FEO (Festivals and Events Ontario)
-2004 Release of new CD, Acoustic JEEP, album of social conscience,
inks distribution deal with Maplenationwide/Universal
-2004 Summer Festival touring and Christmas Touring
-2003 signing with US based label, Atlas Music
-2003 release of DVD, John Gracie-Christmas as I Remember It
-2003 national festival circuit
-2003 Performance with Symphony Nova Scotia
-2003 Christmas CD sells 50,000 units
- Christmas TV special airs in Eastern Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan
-2002 NEMO Music Conference, Boston, MA (one of two Canadians chosen
to appear in Around the World in 80 Minutes- an International Song
-2002 East Coast Music Awards nominee
-2001 Juno Nominee –Aboriginal Recording*Canadian version
of the Grammy’s
-2001 Nominee for The INDIES Canadian Independent Music Awards-Album
of the Year
-2001 Best of Texas International Awards-Songwriter of the Year
- Three-time ECMA Male Artist of the Year - only artist to receive
this honour two years consecutively- Male Artist of the Year for
2000, 1990 and 1989 and nominee as Country Artist of the Year in
2002, 2000 and 1997.
-Canadian RPM Award Nominee 2000 for Outstanding New Male Vocalist
of the Year.
-Nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year-
Nova Scotia Music Awards 2000
-Chosen as mainstage showcase artist for Northeast Regional Folk
- Received a gold record for his original composition Seabird’s
- Received international acclaim for his tribute to songwriter Gene
MacLellan. Distributed by EMI Music, John Gracie-A Gene MacLellan
Tribute was listed as a Canadian best seller.
- John Gracie’s song Pass It On was chosen as a theme song
for food banks across Canada. This song was also included on the
CD, Tears of a Thousand Years, featuring Canadian Folk Artists,
which was produced to raise money for the victims and families of
September 11th tragedy.