Grace Gaustad is a 19-year-old Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who magnifies her message on tape, on-screen, and beyond. She presents a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-sensory world where all are welcome. In high school, she faced relentless gender, body, and beauty shaming and endured harsh bullying for her learning disability. However, she found solace in music.
Grace is the creator of the BLKBX (Black Box) Project and believes that:
“Our teens are in crisis. Bullying, depression, anxiety have reached a critical tipping point. In response, the BLKBX project seeks to unlock those “black boxes” many of our teens keep deeply hidden. Finding a path toward healing requires us to unlock those thoughts, feelings and secrets in a non-intimidating environment.
Writing BLKBX taught me when you keep things to yourself, they just grow. They don’t get any smaller or quieter; they just get bigger and louder in your head. Once I finished writing the project, I remember a tremendous amount of relief. It’s not because any of these problems went away, but it’s because I was being completely honest about them with myself for the first time.”
Visit Grace at: https://gracegaustad.com/