Jamie Grace

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Jamie Grace
Jamie Grace 2014.jpg
Grace performing at The Road Show at the Honda Center in 2014
Background information
Birth name Jamie Grace Harper
Born (1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 22)
Atlanta, Georgia U.S.
Genres Contemporary Christian, folk, Christian hip hop
Occupations Singer, rapper, song-writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Gotee
Associated acts TobyMac, iShine
Website jamiegrace.com

Jamie Grace Harper (born November 25, 1991)[1] is an American Contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010 she was discovered (via her YouTube channel) by TobyMac and signed to his label Gotee Records. She released the song "Hold Me" in 2011 (landing her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys) and won the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Jamie Grace is the youngest daughter to James and Mona Harper. Jamie Grace grew up singing and playing instruments in both church and at home with her older sister Morgan.

On July 16, 2006, she created a YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online.[2]

She was home-schooled with her sister, Morgan.[3]

Career[edit]

Over the years her videos received recognition from Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart (musician), David Mullen (singer) and eventually landing her a singing and acting gig with the television show and tour iShine. In 2010 she was discovered by TobyMac and signed to his record label Gotee Records later that year.[citation needed]

Hold Me[edit]

Jamie Grace's debut EP, Hold Me was released by the label on February 22, 2011.[4] Jamie Grace released the title track to the album at the same time and it was one of the most added singles to Christian Hit Radio stations.[5] Her debut album, One Song at a Time, was released in stores September 20, 2011.[1] Her second EP, Christmas Together was released November 29, 2011.[citation needed]

Jamie Grace is featured as a main artist and speaker in the Revolve Tour by Women of Faith[6] alongside artists such as Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, and Hawk Nelson.[7] On May 4, 2011, Jesus Freak Hideout announced that "Hold Me," her first single, had attained the No. 1 spot at CHR.[8]

Ready to Fly[edit]

The release of her second studio album, Ready to Fly, produced by Christopher Stevens and David Garcia, was released January 28, 2014. The first single was "Beautiful Day".[9] The second single available was "Fighter", an inspiring song of those who have struggled but don't give up.[10]

Musical style[edit]

In a somewhat unique style, Jamie Grace combines elements of hip hop, folk, and pop into one distinct sound.[11] In addition, she occasionally uses elements of guest vocalists, such as TobyMac in "Hold Me" and GabeReal from DiverseCity in "One Song at a Time".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Harper graduated from college on May 12, 2012 from Point University.[12] She has a Bachelor's Degree in children's ministry.

Struggle with Tourette syndrome[edit]

Grace was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2003 when she was 11.[5] She has spoken of this illness through her music and speaking.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Christian US
One Song at a Time 4 84
Ready to Fly
  • Release date: January 28, 2014
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3 32

Studio EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Christian US Heat
Hold Me
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
27 18
Christmas Together
  • Release date: November 29, 2011
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Album
US
US
Christ
Christian Airplay US Heat
2011 "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) 107 3 17 One Song at a Time
"You Lead" 9
"Christmas Together" 22 Christmas Together
2012 "Come to Me"
(featuring Joanne Cash)
40 One Song at a Time
"Holding On" 35
2013 "Beautiful Day" 3 5 Ready to Fly
2014 "Do Life Big" 16 17

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Album appearances[edit]

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • 2013: Colossal Coaster World (Lifeway's VBS); "Colossal Coaster World", "Change My Heart", and "I Will Trust in You".
  • 2012: It Happened One Night: Celebrating Christmas and Freedom Around the World; "Away in a Manger"
  • 2010: All Starz 2010; "Heads Up"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year/Award Category Work Result
2012 Grammys Best Contemporary Christian Music Song "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
2012 Dove Song of the Year "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
New Artist of the Year Won
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year "One Song at a Time" Nominated

Filmography[edit]

Title Released Role
Grace Unplugged[14] 2013 Rachel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jamie Grace Discography, Jamie Grace Artist Database, Jamie Grace-Harper". jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 6 02 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Info". Jamiegrace.com. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Teens’ creativity starts at home". www.ajc.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jesusfreakhideout.com: Jamie Grace, "Hold Me EP" Review jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 03-23-2011.
  5. ^ a b "Jamie Grace's Hold Me e.p. Releases Digitally, February 22". CM Spin. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jamie-Grace Harper << The Revolve Tour revolvetour.com. Retrieved 03-23-2011.
  7. ^ Recently Played - 98.5 KTIS ktis.fm. Retrieved 5 03 2011
  8. ^ Jesusfreakhideout.com Music News, May 2011: Jamie Grace's Debut Single "Hold Me" Hits No. 1 jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 5 05 2011.
  9. ^ "Jamie Grace Reveals Upcoming Album "Ready To Fly", Release Date, Features and More : BC News". breathecast. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Album review: ‘Ready To Fly’ by Jamie Grace". The Underground. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ready to Fly: 5 Questions with Jamie Grace". Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "About Us". Jamiegrace.flyingcart.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Jamie-Grace | Free Music, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos myspace.com. Retrieved 03-23-2011.
  14. ^ "Grace Unplugged - Christian Movie/Film DVD | Find Christian Movies on CFDb: Largest list of Christian Films". Christianfilmdatabase.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Chris August
GMA's New Artist of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent