Premiere: Caroline Grace Is Raw & Exposed on Acoustic Pop Anthem “Cheers to the Night”

Caroline Grace © 2017
Caroline Grace’s acoustic pop anthem “Cheers to the Night” is a raw, exposed reflection of real-world pressures to fit in – of compromise for comfort’s sake.

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We’ve all done things we didn’t want to do, for one reason or another: Compromised our integrity for acceptance or comfort. Caroline Grace’s new acoustic pop anthem “Cheers to the Night” is an exposed reflection of the real world’s pressures to fit in, and how those pressures lead us away from ourselves to be someone we don’t want to be.

I’m a mess at my best
and I’m trying to impress

But I’m too tall in my little white dress
Hairs too short and I try to express
That I’m a try hard and a teachers pet
Always saying yes and I don’t know why
Cuz the boys want sex while the girls want time
Listen: “Cheers to the Night” – Caroline Grace

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Cheers to the Night,” Caroline Grace’s all-too-real sophomore single. A 21-year-old singer/songwriter studying at USC while pursuing music full time, Grace formally introduced herself just last month through her Poo Bear-produced debut single “Show Me,” a love song that extends well beyond the self.

“Cheers to the Night” eclipses that debut, revealing the depth of Caroline Grace’s lyrical and musical talents by delivering a richly meaningful acoustic-pop crossover.  “The song is about the hypocrisy and piousness most people find themselves conducting at developmental times of their lives,” Grace shares. “In the face of opportunity to feel accepted, who we are and what we stand for become suppressed. Our identity is compromised for a false sense of affirmation that only until you release it is false, will you start to rediscover your identity.”

Who better than a 21-year-old to tell us what’s really going on across the country, amongst teenagers and young twenty-somethings? Nothing much has changed over the past ten or twenty years: Peer pressure is still peer pressure; social and binge drinking are still indistinguishable – they’re way too hard to tell apart.

Cheers to the Night - Caroline Grace

Cheers to the Night – Caroline Grace

Life’s always greener on the other side
So I take one drink cheers to the night
Oh, I would rather be home, in my bed
but I don’t want to be alone tonight
So I take one drink cheers to the night
Oh, this new girl
that you know, was never me
But I don’t want to be alone tonight
So I take one drink cheers to the night

It’s all here, for the world to see: “I don’t want to be alone tonight, so I take one drink – cheers to the night,” Grace sings, a reserved melancholy lingering in the back of her throat as she sacrifices one value for another.

With its laid-back acoustic guitar line and lilting vocal melodies, “Cheers to the Night” is easy to fall in love with. The song is effortlessly catchy, but it’s nice to have a genuinely real message stuck in our heads; unlike many pop refrains, this chorus truly means something.

Caroline Grace © 2017

Caroline Grace © 2017

I feel weak underneath this person I perfected
But who cares I don’t want to be rejected
Look in the mirror and still need acceptance
Care too much about others’ perception
I never really wanted to lose my way
But I got caught up in what the world might say

Caroline Grace dove even deeper into the lyrical side of “Cheers to the Night” for Atwood Magazine: “The song focuses on young females who often feel they must dress, act, or look a certain way in order to fit in. They must succumb to the ways of their surroundings in order to assimilate into the culture, even if that culture is not something they particularly enjoy. The concept, when put in these terms seems mental, however, we have all found ourselves at times doing it. There is something intrinsic in our human nature that longs for acceptance,” Grace explains. It goes without saying that “Cheers to the Night” holds significant weight for the budding, young artist.

Caroline Grace © 2017

Caroline Grace © 2017

She continues: “The focal point of the song is college and the sort of “hook up culture” that coincides [with it]. We dress up, go out, and pretend to have a great time in order to accompany the projected allusion of our unbreakable happiness. The song vocalizes “oh, I would rather be home, in my bed but I don’t want to be alone tonight, so I take one drink, cheers to the night.” Although the narrator (me) would rather be home sleeping, she chooses to go out in order to “fit in.” I wrote this song to encapsulate the dichotomy between projected image and true image, something I consistently struggle with but work through.”

We dress up, go out, and pretend to have a great time in order to accompany the projected allusion of our unbreakable happiness.

If that well-spoken, critical condemnation doesn’t resonate with you, then you’re one of the lucky few. This song – not to mention Grace’s words – hits home for many of us who’ve gone through the American undergraduate experience: It exposes the weight of cultural pressures and their inevitable effect on our behaviors and actions.

It’s not a cure-all for society’s imperfections.

It’s not an anthem for standing up for yourself; for basking in self-assurance, security, self-knowing or self-confidence. It’s not about saying no.

It’s much more powerful than that, because it’s about saying yes, and about why we say yes. Caroline Grace has a hit on her hands, and she doesn’t even know it yet. Stream “Cheers to the Night” exclusively on Atwood Magazine ahead of its December 1st release date, and enjoy Caroline Grace’s intimate music video for an even more impactful experience!

Watch: “Cheers to the Night” – Caroline Grace

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com