An East Lancashire X Factor star has achieved chart success with a song she has been waiting to release for four years.

Grace Davies' song, ‘roots’, was released at midnight today (8 October) and is currently number four in the iTunes charts and still climbing.

The song has climbed an impressive 15 places in the last eight hours, beating huge names in the music industry such as Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish and Tom Grennan.  


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Her new song, ‘roots’, is said to reflect the beginning of her singing career.

Davies, who was runner up in the 2017 series of The X Factor, first performed ‘roots’ at her audition.

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After performing her 'beautiful' song she ‘wowed’ judges and was put through to the next round.

At the time of writing, the audition video has amassed over 5.6 million YouTube views.

In an Instagram post, the 24-year-old said: “ ‘roots’ started off a very important chapter in my career 4 years ago and it’s finally, FINALLY out now.

“This song is about me being in love with music and wanting to do this forever - and, even though the ride has been anything but easy, I am HERE… officially releasing this song and about to release my second EP… I don’t think there’s enough words to describe this feeling.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn's Grace Davies was emotional while listening to 'roots' before its release (Photo: Instagram/@gracedaviesofficial)Blackburn's Grace Davies was emotional while listening to 'roots' before its release (Photo: Instagram/@gracedaviesofficial)

Davies even posted an emotional Instagram video of herself “listening to roots for the last time” before she released it to her fans and followers.

She added: “It’s out in some countries already and the reaction so far has been incredible. Thank you for making this song so special for me.”

Fans have been very supportive of Grace and the release of her new song.

One person said: “Still doesn’t feel real.”

“I’ve been waiting it for this for years,” wrote another.

Another said: “I remember in the #XFactor 2017 final hearing ‘roots’ and thinking it would be released at some point no matter what happened and I couldn’t wait.

"So glad this day is here, I am finding it so beautiful and moving all over again.”

You can buy and stream ‘roots’ on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Grace’s official website.


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