Teenage Musician Hits Half-Million Streams

EleanorGrace started as a musician as a young girl in Des Moines. Photo: Billy Dohrmann.

Reaching 500,000 plays on Spotify, a popular music streaming platform, is an accomplishment for any up-and-coming musician. But it’s even more impressive for a teenager. Such is the case for EleanorGrace, a 17-year-old Des Moines musician whose song “Lighthouse” reached a half-million streams last year.

Spotify placed the single on one of its playlists called “Zuhause,” which helped it reach listeners in 72 countries. The song touches on feelings of isolation and loneliness, certainly a timely theme during a global pandemic. Its success has helped EleanorGrace connect with a growing number of industry insiders, fans and other artists. “It has been so rewarding on so many different levels, especially in this time of social distancing and staying home,” she said in a statement.

EleanorGrace developed her interest in music at a young age, teaching herself to play piano, guitar, ukulele and trumpet. She was an early participant in Girls Rock! Des Moines, a local music program for girls, and currently is completing high school at Des Moines Public Schools’ Virtual Campus.

Find “Lighthouse” and her new single, “Timeless,” on her website.

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