Laura Jane Grace is a major figure in today’s rock scene and the lead singer of the band Against Me!, which she founded in Naples, FL in the late 1990s. She has made one solo album and seven albums with Against Me! Grace went public with her gender transition in 2012, a story she has shared with NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and numerous other outlets. In her latest music, she continues to detail her journey all while staying true to her earlier themes of outspoken political critique, environmentalism and personal and social liberation, with a base in American music, including country and folk-rock, and a penchant for noise and anarchy.
2014 was a monumental year for Grace, a year that she served as Music Director for MTV's Rebel Music, a series of documentary films about youth, music and global social change, focused on youth protest movements in the most challenging and turbulent parts of the world. Additionally, along with AOL Studios, she released her 10-episode docu-series titled True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a body of work that went on to be nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category. Grace would round out her year by being honored as part of OUT Magazine's annual "OUT 100" in December 2014.
2015 saw the release of Against Me!'s 23 Live Sex Acts, a collection of new, live tracks and fan favorites that would be issued on the band's own label, Total Treble. Released on Friday, September 4, 23 Live Sex Acts stands as an immersive compilation of songs that span the band's entire catalog and provides the most comprehensive look into the powerful Against Me! live experience. Throughout the year as well, the singer would also become a contributing writer to Noisey where she helmed an advice column titled Mandatory Happiness, and, alongside the legendary Joan Jett, loaned her support for Miley Cyrus' "Happy Hippie Foundation," a non-profit whose mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.
On September 16, 2016, Against Me! released its critically-acclaimed seventh studio album titled Shape Shift With Me, a record that has the distinction of the first album Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years.
Shortly after the release of Shape Shift With Me, Grace released her highly anticipated memoir titled TRANNY: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Written with Dan Ozzi, TRANNY, one of Billboard's "100 Greatest Music Books Of All Time" and a memoir Harper’s BAZAAR says “establishes Grace as at once a transgender icon and modern day literary heroine,” is now available through Hachette Books.
2017 will see Laura Jane Grace and her band opening the entirety of Green Day’s upcoming “Revolution Radio” arena tour of North America that will span the month of March.