11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sunny sort of glow to Jamie Grace’s debut album that goes beyond its songs’ positive, God-centered content. Building on the success of her initial single, “Hold Me”, the 19-year-old Atlanta singer/songwriter communicates a hopeful message through the sheer exuberance of her singing and guitar playing. Grace’s lyrics are lighthearted hosannas of praise and gratitude—“With You”, “Show Jesus”, and the aforementioned “Hold Me” bounce along to acoustic-driven grooves with an infectious breeziness. In “God Girl”, she rekindles the joyous fervor that her mentor TobyMac displayed in dcTalk’s classic hit “Jesus Freak”. There are moodier tracks here, such as the piano-centered ballad “Not Alone” (offering reassurance to a suffering child) and “Holding On” (calling on God’s strength in rough times). By and large, though, playful tunes like “1945” (a glance back at the fun side of the ‘60s) are more typical of the prevailing spirit here. Jamie definitely puts her heart and soul into the job, and the results can’t help but make you smile.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a sunny sort of glow to Jamie Grace’s debut album that goes beyond its songs’ positive, God-centered content. Building on the success of her initial single, “Hold Me”, the 19-year-old Atlanta singer/songwriter communicates a hopeful message through the sheer exuberance of her singing and guitar playing. Grace’s lyrics are lighthearted hosannas of praise and gratitude—“With You”, “Show Jesus”, and the aforementioned “Hold Me” bounce along to acoustic-driven grooves with an infectious breeziness. In “God Girl”, she rekindles the joyous fervor that her mentor TobyMac displayed in dcTalk’s classic hit “Jesus Freak”. There are moodier tracks here, such as the piano-centered ballad “Not Alone” (offering reassurance to a suffering child) and “Holding On” (calling on God’s strength in rough times). By and large, though, playful tunes like “1945” (a glance back at the fun side of the ‘60s) are more typical of the prevailing spirit here. Jamie definitely puts her heart and soul into the job, and the results can’t help but make you smile.

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About Jamie Grace

Atlanta, Georgia's Jamie Grace, a Christian singer, songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, ukulele, drums), and sometimes actress, was born November 25, 1991. While she always had an affinity for music as she was growing up, she turned to it in earnest when she was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome in 2003 at age 11.

Mixing folk, country, hip-hop, and reggae into a sunny, hopeful style somewhat reminiscent of a CCM version of Colbie Caillat, Grace began posting versions of her doing cover songs and originals on YouTube. She was discovered there by tobyMac, who signed her to his Gotee record label in 2009 when she was 19 years old. A debut single and EP, both entitled Hold Me, appeared early in 2011, and a full-length album, One Song at a Time, arrived later that same year. Also in 2011, she released a second EP, Christmas Together.

By 2014, Grace had readied her second full album, Ready to Fly, produced by Chuck Butler, David Garcia, and Christopher Stevens. Receiving strong reviews, it became her first album to peak inside the Top 40 of the album charts. ~ Steve Leggett

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