Rising Sun Daughter is the new solo project from Grace Rolland, known for her work in the folk-Americana band Run Boy Run. A compelling stage performer with captivating vocals and surprisingly refreshing songwriting, Rising Sun Daughter lures listeners to stay and enjoy a musical moment. Frequently solo, this will showcase the music of her recently released debut EP, I See Jane, with full-band accompaniment.
Based in Mesa, 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, Rolland 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. Rolland 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, Rolland approached arranger and producer Ryan Alfred (Calexico, Sweet Ghosts) to record her music and, working in Saint Cecilia Studios in Tucson, with engineer Steven Lee Tracy and a cast of Tucson’s best players, they created the debut EP, I See Jane, which was released October 4.