A former X Factor star from Lancashire has posted an emotional video to her social media accounts after her song was featured in the UK top 40 music charts.

Blackburn-raised, Grace Davies, released ‘roots’ last Friday (8 October) and since then it has achieved charting success.

At the time of writing, it is number four in the iTunes charts and it was also ranked at number 28 in the UK Top 40.

The 24-year-old’s song beat some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Little Mix and Billie Eilish.

The former warehouse worker, from Langho, posted a series of emotional videos of her listening to the song as it played on the radio.

In one video she can be seen listening to the top 40 radio show, covering her mouth in shock when it is revealed that her song has reached the top 30.


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The radio presenter said: “You know you’ve written a banger when everyone still rushes to stream and download your song four years later.

“In just two days she has managed to get it in the official big top 40.”

In the video, the former St Leonard's CE Primary School pupil can be seen sobbing and hugging a loved one.

She captioned the video: “OFFICIAL BIG TOP 40! Roots is number 28 in the charts.

“I cannot actually believe this … So overwhelmed. Thank you so much for the support you’ve shown me over the past two days.

“Please keep downloading and streaming. We did this independently! This song deserves it and so do we for being so patient over the past 4 years. Love you all SO much.

“Gonna be crying about this for months.”

In another tweet, she praised her fans for helping her get to this stage of her career as an independent artist.

She said: “I’m an independent artist man.

“I have no label, just you guys. This is WILD I hope you know that.”

In another Instagram video, Grace can be seen listening to her song on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show with a proud-looking mother in the background.

Lancashire Telegraph: Grace Davies with her mother in the background (Photo: Instagram/@gracedaviesofficial)Grace Davies with her mother in the background (Photo: Instagram/@gracedaviesofficial)

She captioned the video: “I will never ever ever get over this moment.

"Thank you SO MUCH @dermotoleary this means the absolute world to me… Still sobbing.”

She also revealed to a follower that she had no idea she would be played on Dermot's show.

She said: "I was sat on the toilet and dermot DM’d me on Twitter saying 'Playing you on the radio now!'

"I didn’t even flush i just ran into the kitchen like #'LEXAAAAA PLAY BBC RADIO 2'"

Davies, who was runner up in the 2017 series of The X Factor, first performed ‘roots’ at her audition and it has taken her four years to release it to the general public.



In an Instagram post, Grace explained: “ ‘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.”

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

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