Grace McLean’s ‘My Lovely Enemy’ takes center stage

"This song is inspired by a poem of 12th-Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, about Saint Ursula’s martyrdom"
7 October 2023

​Enchanting singer and multi-talent Grace McLean, emerges as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Blending her roles as an actor, singer, and writer, McLean’s vocal prowess, takes center stage.

Securing a coveted record deal with Meridian/ECR Music Group (Sony), McLean gears up for the release of her inaugural full-length album, My Lovely Enemy, slated for 2024.

The album’s title track-single, ​opens up a musical ​r​ealm that transcends boundaries. ​ My Lovely Enemy is a thrilling amalgamation of cinematic melodies, adorned with enchanting touches of contemporary soul, R&B, and the finest nuances of art pop. This remarkable track pays poetic homage to the 12th-Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen and her narrative of Saint Ursula’s martyrdom.

“This song is inspired by a poem of 12th-Century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, about Saint Ursula’s martyrdom,” ​​reveals McLean. “In it, Hildegard expresses gratitude to Ursula’s killers because their destructive violence gives Ursula her deepest desire which is to be united with the Divine, something she could only achieve in death. It made me see the scene of martyrdom as a marriage ceremony, and I recognized that in adjusting the frame from mourning to celebration I could imagine the joy in relenting to and accepting sacrifice or loss.”

Producer Justin Goldner adds another layer to the track, creating a sonic landscape that traverses time​. He ​s​hares, “There’s a thing we were going for with this track: a world that is distant in time, an artifact, that then gets pulled into the present and becomes a vivid reality. As the song builds and ultimately leads us to a “Wizard-of-Oz” moment where the beat drops, the old-Hollywood strings surround us and transform into something full-color; still lush, but now, from close up, they’re more jagged and angular, more macabre.”

Drawing inspiration from the likes of St. Vincent and Tune-Yards, McLean’s debut album, including the lead single, explores the intersection of the visceral and intellectual. A return to the thematic roots of her celebrated musical, “In the Green” (commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater)​.

Mixed by Jack DeBoe and mastered by Blake Morgan, My Lovely Enemy ​i​s​accompanied by a stirring short film/music video directed by Mau Quiros, slated for release this Autumn, the single sets the stage for McLean’s debut album in early 2024, with additional singles preceding the launch.

Grace McLean‘s impressive repertoire extends beyond the music realm. As a Writer In Residence at Lincoln Center Theater, she has received accolades such as the Richard Rodgers Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and recognition from the Brooklyn Film Festival and Athens International Film Festival. With a rich history of artistic ambassadorships, fellowships, and awards, McLean continues to captivate audiences and solidify her position as a noteworthy talent in the music and theater landscape.