About Jamie Grace

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With one listen to Jamie Grace’s highly anticipated sophomore album, it’s readily
evident she’s a multi-faceted artist with an abundance of talent. As the song titles
reveal, the exuberant young singer-songwriter is a “Fighter,” “Just A Friend,” and
“Every Bit of Lovely,” but it’s the album title that best encapsulates this season in
the GRAMMY®-nominee’s life. She is Ready To Fly.
“The entire concept of Ready To Fly is being ready even when you don’t know
your future,” says Jamie. “I wrote the title track the night before I turned 18. I was
crying out, wondering what God’s plan for me was. I started to doubt so many
things but as I randomly began singing the lyrics to Ready to Fly, I realized I don’t
have to have my whole life figured out to start my journey. This record is about
waiting, yet while you’re waiting being ready to move – ready to fly – when the
timing is right.”

Much has happened to the young Georgia native since she was discovered by
GRAMMY® winner and Billboard 200 No. 1 artist TobyMac and subsequently
signed to his label, Gotee Records. Jamie went from sitting on the floor of her
dorm room writing love songs to sharing those songs with the world. As she did, it
didn’t take long for people to fall in love with Jamie Grace and her indomitable
spirit. Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when she was only 11, Jamie has
refused to be defined by her challenges and has excelled in a highly competitive
field on the strength of her intuitive songwriting, vibrant stage presence and loads
of quirky charm.

Her debut album, One Song at a Time, earned Jamie the 2012 Dove Award for
New Artist of the Year and the hit single “Hold Me” earned her both
GRAMMY® and Dove nominations. She’s appeared on such high profile media
outlets as “The View” and her YouTube channel has surpassed 16 million views.
The momentum continues with “Beautiful Day,” the first single from Ready To
Fly, which has briskly ascended the charts since its release.
“I’m just pumped that people are already excited about ‘Beautiful Day’ and that
they are playing it,” Jamie says, but she admits to being a little worried about what
music biz insiders refer to as the sophomore slump. “This is scary, you have your
whole life to write your first record and then you get to your second record and
you’ve got one to three years, so it’s totally different. It was a little intimidating,
but then there were days when I thought, ‘This is so fun!’ I was just excited
because the songs were sounding really good. I felt very confident while I was in
the studio recording this album.”

In recording Ready To Fly, Jamie again teamed with producers Christopher
Stevens (TobyMac), David Garcia (Britt Nicole) and Dave Wyatt (of TobyMac’s
DiverseCity Band). She added a new team member to the mix, working for the
first time with producer Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor). She also recruited some
special guests to join her musical adventure. Manwell of Group 1 Crew is featured
on “Just a Friend.” Her sister Morgan Harper Nichols joins in on the countryflavored
“White Boots,” an upbeat ode to remaining pure that comes from Jamie’s
unique perspective. Jason Crabb lends his distinctive vocals to the digital bonus
track version of “Fighter.”

“Fighter” is an inspirational look at individuals who are facing challenges yet
leaning on faith and persevering. Though the verses profile a hard-working dad, a
struggling single mom and a young girl with cancer, the resilience and inspiration
that Jamie sings about are qualities that she exudes in abundance. “The Waiting” is
a poignant ballad Jamie co-wrote with Natalie Grant and her sister Morgan that
Jamie started when a close friend was in a coma. Fueled by a strong undercurrent
of hope, the song focuses on our patience being tried and tested. “Do Life Big” is a
joyous anthem that again captures Jamie’s vivacious approach to life and her art.

As sunny and effervescent as much of the album is, there’s also a strong foundation
that reflects this season in the young artist’s life. “I’ve definitely matured,” says
Jamie. “This music comes from a deeper place. It’s going to be really cool to share
a little bit more of my diary pages, but I am also excited because there are a lot of
songs on the record still that are giddy and show my dorky personality.”
Happy, hopeful and passionate are qualities that describe Jamie Grace. As she’s
grown from a talented teen into an accomplished young woman, Jamie stands
amazed at the events of her life so far.

“I’m so happy that I’ve gotten to do so much and I want to keep going, but if I
have to stop, I could honestly say that I’ve done way more than what I was
expecting. It’s an honor to get to do what I do, and I want to do it for the rest
of my life.”