After a strongly musical upbringing, the Ioasa brothers Anthony, Jason and Paul formed Grace together in 1993. On the strength of debut single 'Skin to Skin' they signed to label Deepgrooves, and released 1995 album Black Sand Shore. It was followed by a national tour, and was later picked for Nick Bollinger’s book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums. The band split in 1998 before completing a second album. Paul passed away in 2003, and Anthony continued to work as a producer through the 2000s. He also wrote the majority of the debut album by TrueBliss, the fastest selling New Zealand album to date.
The video for 'Cool World' melds a mood of paranoia — including flashes of recording equipment, and worried words about surveillance — with numerous images of a model in a silver halter top, dealing to a punching bag. The Samoan brothers Ioasa create a smoothly percussive sound, which echoes overseas bands like Roxy Music and The Blue Nile much more strongly than other music coming out of Aotearoa in this period (1995). The song is taken from Grace's only album Black Sand Shore, which writer Nick Bollinger later rated as one of New Zealand's 100 finest.
Making heavy use of Auckland Museum’s marble corridors, the sepia tone video for Grace’s 'Black Sand Shore' is pure 90s pop. Jason Ioasa leads the vocals while exploring the many corridors — although the three Ioasa brothers spend most of their time standing intensely at the entrance to the museum’s interior ‘Centennial Street’. All the while, an hourglass placed by an Ioasa and an unknown woman ominously ticks down. The single was the third off Grace's album Black Sand Shore, which was included in Nick Bollinger’s 2009 book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums.