Bailey Marie Griggs has traveled to Los Angeles and Nashville to write and record music, but she still goes back to her roots in North Carolina. Griggs will be entering his ninth year at Cramerton Christian Academy this year.
The Gastonia teenager recently performed the national anthem at a Honey Hunters game and will perform with the Ben Gatlin Band at the Salute to Our Heroes concert at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion in downtown Gastonia at 3 p.m. on Sunday the 22nd. August, which will honor first responders.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty big event,” Griggs said.
Griggs’ love of entertainment came before the age of 10. She saw a billboard at the Gaston School of the Arts advertising roles in “The Wizard of Oz” when she was about 9 years old.
Griggs quickly began taking acting classes at the local art school, and his love for entertainment grew.
She has since performed with the Apollo Band at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, and worked with a music producer in Los Angeles. Her first original pop song, “Boy Please” was released when she was 10 years old. It aired on Los Angeles radio stations and is available on digital platforms like Spotify and iTunes.
She recently started working with music producer Ken Wells in Nashville, who worked with Dolly Parton. They are currently working on an album that he largely produced.
She also works at Traffic Sound Studio in Dallas on her guitar playing, writing, and production with producer David Rhyne.
“He’s played a very big role in everything I do,” Griggs said.
She recently co-wrote “Heroes” with Pete Sallis, who wrote songs for the country duo Maddie & Tae and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. The country pop song pays homage to all frontline workers.
Griggs was inspired to perform in local schools because she had anxiety herself and wanted to talk to children her age to face their fears and achieve their goals.
Just before the pandemic hit, she visited Joan Chavis Middle School in Cherryville. She has also performed at the Gaston County Boys & Girls Club as well as the Salvation Army.
She spends time every day working on her music.
She hopes the songs she writes will help other children and others go through hardships in their own lives. A song about empowerment, “Note to Self” is about making a note to yourself that you can do whatever you want to do.
“It doesn’t matter your size, the way you look at the song actually speaks, it doesn’t matter your body image. It just matters who you are on the inside,” Griggs said.
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