Every time GRiZ puts his mind to something, it’s a moment. It’s a fleshed-out idea, a fruit of commitment and passion, not an idea thrown at a wall and moved on from. Today, multi-instrumentalist, artist, producer, philanthropist and LGBTQ advocate, GRiZ, announces his sixth studio album, Ride Waves, along with a US headline tour, and releases a new single, “I’m Good.”
Ride Waves is the culmination of the last two years for GRiZ––a period pillared by his own creative exile, high impact socio-cultural issues, and a slew of communities and relationships in which he has embedded himself.
The 14-track LP sees Grant being immersed into the environments that have inspired his carefully curated sound. He tapped hip-hop favorites like Wiz Khalifa on “Find My Own Way,” and DRAM for “It Gets Better.” His sonic journey touched down in New York’s urban core to record with the Harlem Gospel Choir, stepped into Chicago’s South Side to collaborate with Chicago Children’s Choir, and spanned across many sessions in New Orleans. Snoop Dogg even sent in a verse from his studio in Long Beach.
There’s truly something for everybody in the record. Each song tips a hat to Grant’s personality, and many parts of this represent moments of reflection. GRiZ and Matisyahu were in the studio just days after February’s Parkland shooting, and a song about gun violence, “A New Day,” became of it. The album parallels Grant’s core as a human; it’s about love and a need for peace. It’s just another piece to the puzzle that represents GRiZ becoming the positive force that mainstream electronic and popular culture need.
Ride Waves will be paired with a US album tour, which kicks off in March and he will be touching down in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, St. Augustine, Minneapolis, New Orleans for Buku Music & Arts Project, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, and more. As the year rolls on GRiZ will then take the album on an international journey taking in destinations such as Europe during the summer, as he seeks to bring his famed good-vibes and funk to dancefloors around the world!
GRiZ is a youth culture hero; he lives and breathes to better the communities around him. This year marked the five-year anniversary of his charitable event series 12 Days Of GRiZMAS – which to date has raised over $100,000 towards Detroit public school students. Adding to this, he released his own GRiZMAS coffee blend this year, which donates all of its proceeds to the same cause. This year in celebration of Giving Tuesday, he partneredwith Dan Savage’s foundation It Gets Better which aims to empower, uplift and inspire the nation’s youth members of the LGBTQ community.
In recent years, GRiZ has become a rare voice for the LGBTQ community in contemporary electronic music, a world which largely left its gay roots behind with the emergence of EDM. It was his very open and transparent coming out via a HuffPost op-ed in 2017 that started this dialogue, which led to him being named Michigan’s Face of Pride in 2018 by USA Today, and even recent praise from The Guardian for his philanthropic efforts for GRiZMAS.
Ride Waves will mark the beginning of the next chapter for GRiZ – one that sees him not only persevere as a solo artist, but also step up to the plate as he joins the ranks of the producers outside of the electronic world that inspire him. This is the most evolved version of GRiZ—and one that will continue to grow.
Fans can pre-order and pre-save Ride WavesHERE and instantly download album singles “It Gets Better (feat. DRAM)”, “Can’t Get Enough”, and “I’m Good”.
Ride Waves Tracklist 01. Can’t Get Enough
02. I’m Good
03. My Friends and I Pt. 2 (feat. Snoop Dogg & Prob Cause)
04. Cruise Control (feat. BXRBER)
05. A New Day (feat. Matisyahu)
06. The Prayer
07. It Gets Better (feat. DRAM)
08. Bustin’ Out (feat. Bootsy Collins)
09. Caught Up (feat. Muzzy Bearr)
10. Maybe (feat. Yoshi Flower)
11. The Escape
12. Mercy (feat. Valentina)
13. Barrel Of A Gun (feat. Leo Napier)
14. Find My Own Way (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
GRiZ 2019 Live Dates
March 2 – Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica – Envision Festival
March 23 – New Orleans, LA – Buku Music + Arts Project
March 29 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
April 5th – Sun Peaks, BC – Snowbombing Canada
May 3rd – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 4th – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
May 6th – Worcester, MA – Palladium
May 8th – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
May 9th – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
May 10th – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
May 11th – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
May 14th – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater
May 15th – Columbus, OH – Express Live
May 16th – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
May 17th – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
May 17th – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Fest
May 18th – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
June 14th – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 23rd – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
GRiZ makes his grand return today with two new singles––one featuring DRAM, and one marking his own vocal debut. The pair of tunes is the first music the Denver-based multi-instrumentalist has released in over a year. Following an extended social media blackout, GRiZ surfaced 15 minutes ago, breaking an eight-month-long silence by way of a Facebook Live stream. Today’s return is one long awaited by fans; after announcing his departure from social media last year, fans feared that it was the end of GRiZ. Little did they know, he would spend that time not only holed away in his studio but also traveling the country recording new music.
It’s been an eventful few years for GRiZ, the launch of his 15-piece live band, cannabis-debut GRiZ Kush, his own name brand Ale, his coming out publicly, and the annual holiday-charity smashes GRiZMAS in Detroit. The past few years’ saw career highlight performances from Grant, including back to back massive shows at Red Rocks, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Santa Barbara Bowl, San Francisco’s Warfield and more. For the great unveil, GRiZ enlisted none other than rapper, singer, songwriter and actor DRAM to feature on ‘It Gets Better’. DRAM’s ethos is simple and parallels that of GRiZ; stay true to yourself, spread love and positivity. Both artists aim to preach openness, acceptance, and love to their devout fanbases, deeming the collaboration a Cinderella’s glass slipper.
The second single, ‘Can’t Get Enough’, features GRiZ’s first ever rap verse. A homage to the classical GRiZcography, guitar riffs, twangy basslines and festival-worthy soundscapes lay the perfect foundation for the long-awaited self-performed verse. It’s the final piece to the puzzle, and one that has taken almost a decade to master. The double A-side displays Grant’s mission to dig deeper and evolve his signature sonic palette, looking for internal and external inspiration, while eschewing du jour musical trends, to explore his range of sound design and arrangement. Appropriately, the group of songs will be paired with two lyric videos to parallel the remarkability of the features from both DRAM and GRiZ himself.