Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Grace is the youngest of 4 siblings ( 2 brothers and a sister). Graces passions were evident at an early age as she excelled both musically and athletically. Performing in Elementary School talent shows and playing soccer since the age of 6, Grace continued to pursue those passions with the support of family and friends. Her musical talents were recognized when she was chosen to compete in an American Idol spin off, American Juniors when Grace was 11 years old. One of the Judges, the incomparable Gladys Knight described her vocal talents by saying “There’s a richness to your voice and I love it!” She continued to pursue her singing and performing throughout her teenage years, however, the incredible ability on the soccer field earned her a scholarship to continue her education and play Division 1 soccer at The University of California -Berkeley. After graduating in 2015, she was introduced to a talented musician and songwriter, Sonoma, CA native, Kyle Clouse. After a couple of months of collaboration and a list of original “ classic country” music with a bluegrass twang, occasional 90’s country beats combined with beautiful vocals from Grace Leer, they launched a 5 piece band and performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with gigs that included opening for country music superstar and platinum recording artist Clay Walker. Grace made the move to Nashville in 2017, followed shortly thereafter by Kyle Clouse and together they have formed The Grace Leer Band. Now a Nashville based band, they continue to perform and write incredible toe-tapping, Head-bopping classic country music.
Band leader and songwriter of The Grace Leer Band, Kyle Clouse, grew up on a small family dairy farm in Sonoma, CA. At the age of fifteen he began his musical endeavors and started playing bass in an indie-rock band. He fell in love with the craft; playing, songwriting, and just being a part of a band. Kyle continued to sharpen his musical skills and learned to play rhythm and lead guitar which helped encourage the songwriting process both on his own and with his bands.
After high school, in an effort to broaden his horizons and to get a break from the dairy farm life, Kyle decided to travel the world for a year. After his time out of the country, Kyle moved to Santa Barbara for a short while where he continued to write and perform his original music. By 2014, Kyle was overwhelmed with the feeling that there wasn’t room for musical growth in Santa Barbara. He decided to make the move north to San Francisco. There he quickly started a Rock and Roll band called “The Old Folks” and was playing in local Bay Area venues as well as up and down California.
By happenstance Kyle and Grace met in 2015 when she needed a stand-in guitar player for one of her shows. After a few more gigs the two realized they had a mutual love for classic country-style music. Armed with a journal full of country songs inspired by everything from life on the dairy farm to stories of love, both lost and found, Kyle was eager to start a band with a singer of Grace’s caliber. They played in venues all over the Bay Area further strengthening their musical partnership. By the summer of 2017 the two had felt as though it was time for greener pastures and set their sights on Nashville. A fitting place for their efforts in re-establishing the classic sound of “Old Country.”
“The good thing about Nashville is that people can actually play here. We are looking to recreate country music and to remember a time when it had soul.” - Kyle Clouse