Grace Mitchell may not be a household name yet, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the 20-year-old musician being hailed as 鈥the next Lorde鈥 will be everywhere by the time the year is through.

Armed with a guitar, a wild mass of reddish-brown curls, and a set of pipes like you wouldn鈥檛 believe, the Portland beauty is every bit a star-in-the-making. She鈥檚 already conquered the fest scene, having played Coachella earlier this year and now Lollapalooza, where we caught up with her in between her performances (plural 鈥 she played an after-party Saturday night before hitting the Tito鈥檚 stage on Sunday and the Toyota Music tent later that same day).

Even more impressive? She accomplished it all before her full-length, debut album has even been released. Since introducing catchy-as-hell singles such as 鈥NOLO鈥 and 鈥Now鈥 that will have you singing them back long after they鈥檝e ended, as well as edgier tunes like 鈥淜ids (Ain鈥檛 Alright),鈥 she鈥檚 built quite a following 鈥 she鈥檚 up to nearly 10,000 followers on Instagram, with closer to 12,000 on Facebook.

Those numbers aren鈥檛 particularly surprising if you鈥檝e ever seen her perform 鈥 Mitchell is a ball of energy, catapulting herself across the stage, curls flying. It鈥檚 clear that being a frontwoman comes naturally to the LA-based artist, a fact she confirms when she sits down to chat with us backstage. 鈥淧erforming is my favorite,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 think going on tour is really surreal.鈥 For the songwriter, who鈥檚 far more reserved in person than she is onstage, it means a chance to connect with her fans and see what they think of her upcoming album.

It鈥檚 a good thing, too, since she鈥檒l likely be hitting the road following the release of her long-awaited LP, which she tells us will drop within the next six months to a year, featuring tracks like 鈥淜ids (Ain鈥檛 Alright),鈥 a tune reportedly inspired by the effects of current political happenings on today鈥檚 youth. 鈥淚f I鈥檓 inspired by the political climate, I鈥檓 gonna write about it,鈥 she says.

There鈥檚 also her latest release, 鈥淐apital Letters,鈥 which she says is about defiance, rebellion, and voicing your opinion.

鈥淗ey! I know I鈥檓 making a big mistake, I wanna do it the hard way, I鈥檓 gonna say it in capital letters, capital letters鈥 I鈥檓 gonna mess up deliberately because I鈥檓 fed up with common play,鈥 she croons on the new track.

When it comes to her career, however, there鈥檚 not much she feels got messed up along the way, despite having gotten her start at such a young age. 鈥淚 wouldn鈥檛 change anything,鈥 she tells us. 鈥淚 think it happened really fluidly.鈥

That鈥檚 not to say that her tastes haven鈥檛 changed as she鈥檚 grown into her own: Where she once cited the likes of Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos, and Lana del Rey as her main influences, she鈥檚 broadened her range to include such punk legends as Iggy & the Stooges and Patti Smith, giving her a bit more edge than the alt pop star she鈥檚 so frequently compared to. 鈥淚鈥檓 definitely not [the next Lorde], but I appreciate her style and her songwriting and her music,鈥 she explains.

She鈥檚 also set herself apart on the style front. Mitchell stands out in a crowd, and not just because she鈥檚 model tall. In her sheer black top, ripped black jeans, and black leather jacket (which she says she wears everywhere, since it鈥檚 so versatile), girl practically radiates cool 鈥 not that we鈥檇 expect anything less after seeing the white pantsuit she donned sans shirt for her colorful 鈥淣ow鈥 video. 鈥淚 would say comfortable is my style preference,鈥 she shares. 鈥淚 have a kimono in my closet that I really love.鈥

All the better to鈥 play board games in? 鈥淚 love chess,鈥 she admits of her hidden talent. Check, mate!

Check out Grace鈥檚 latest single below!

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