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[1]
Born (1991-11-25) November 25, 1991 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Contemporary Christian, folk, Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2009–present
Labels Gotee
Website jamiegrace.com

Jamie Grace Harper (born November 25, 1991)[2] is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, TobyMac found her songs on YouTube and signed her to his label Gotee Records for two albums. She released the song "Hold Me" in 2011 which landed her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys and winning the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Grace was born Jamie Grace Harper and is the youngest daughter to James and Mona Harper.[citation needed] She grew up singing and playing instruments in both church and at home with her older sister Morgan.[citation needed] She was home-schooled with her sister, Morgan Harper Nichols.[3]

On July 16, 2006, she created a YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online.[4]

Career[edit]

Over the years her videos received recognition from Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart, David Mullen and eventually landing her a singing and acting gig with the television show iShine, and subsequent tour. In 2010 she was discovered by TobyMac and signed to his record label Gotee Records later that year.[citation needed] In August 2016, Jamie Grace and her sister, fellow artist Morgan Harper Nichols, announced her departure from Gotee Records.[5]

Hold Me[edit]

Grace's debut EP, Hold Me, was released by the label on February 22, 2011.[6] 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.[7] Her debut album, One Song at a Time, was released in stores September 20, 2011.[2] Her second EP, Christmas Together was released November 29, 2011.[citation needed]

Grace is featured as a main artist and speaker in the Revolve Tour by Women of Faith[8] alongside artists such as Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, and Hawk Nelson.[9] On May 4, 2011, Jesus Freak Hideout announced that "Hold Me," her first single, had attained the No. 1 spot at CHR.[10]

Ready to Fly[edit]

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".[11] The second single available was "Fighter", an inspiring song of those who have struggled but don't give up.[12]

She will be part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 West Coast.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

In a somewhat unique style, Jamie Grace combines elements of hip hop, folk, and pop into one distinct sound.[13] 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"[4] on Hold Me.

Personal life[edit]

Grace graduated from Point University with a bachelor's degree in children's ministry.[14] She has Tourette syndrome and obsessive–compulsive disorder.[14]

Sometime in 2016, she was called up onto the stage at an Adele concert. She then sang a cover of "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You"—originally sung by Elvis—and Adele said that she had a great voice.[15]

Discography[edit]

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

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"

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role
Grace Unplugged[16] 2014 Rachel
Rumors of Wars[17] 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2012 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Christian Music Song "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
Dove Awards 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b California Birth Index. "Jamie Grace Harper Born 11/25/1991 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jamie Grace Discography, Jamie Grace Artist Database, Jamie Grace-Harper". jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Teens' creativity starts at home". ajc.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Info". Jamiegrace.com. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jamie Grace No Longer with Gotee Records - Announces New Music!". Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Jesusfreakhideout.com: Jamie Grace, "Hold Me EP" Review jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 03-23-2011.
  7. ^ "Jamie Grace's Hold Me e.p. Releases Digitally, February 22". CM Spin. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Jamie-Grace Harper << The Revolve Tour revolvetour.com. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  9. ^ Recently Played – 98.5 KTIS ktis.fm. Retrieved 5 03 2011
  10. ^ Jesusfreakhideout.com Music News, May 2011: Jamie Grace's Debut Single "Hold Me" Hits No. 1 jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Jamie Grace Reveals Upcoming Album 'Ready To Fly', Release Date, Features and More : BC News". breathecast. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Album review: ‘Ready To Fly’ by Jamie Grace". The Underground. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ready to Fly: 5 Questions with Jamie Grace". Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Moring, Mark (November 21, 2012). "Jamie Grace is holding on". Christianity Today. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ Sarachik, Justin (August 10, 2016). "Adele is Wowed by Jamie-Grace's Powerful Cover at Concert". Rapzilla. 
  16. ^ "Grace Unplugged – Christian Movie/Film DVD | Find Christian Movies on CFDb: Largest list of Christian Films". Christianfilmdatabase.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rumors of Wars". Christian Movies All in One Place, Easy to Find! CFDb!. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Chris August
GMA's New Artist of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
For King & Country