Ready to Fly
Atlanta based Contemporary Christian singer Jamie Grace
has only been a professional musician since 2010, but she's
already released several albums and EPs, won the Dove Award
for New Artist of the Year, and starred the movie Grace
Unplugged. And she's also waiting till marriage!
Quotes about waiting
If dating is something that can be
done with intention, why spend your precious time doing
it for no reason? Why not wait until it's right and
spend that time with someone who truly deserves yours?
[...] The time that we've been given is a gift: don't
I believe I was created by the creator
of love. I know that he knows my dreams, my hopes and my
future. And I believe it's my goal to live a life that
is pleasing to him doing whatever it is he has in store
while I am and I have waited for the love of my life. I
believe that true love is the most beautiful thing in
the world and I believe it's worth waiting for and I
really hope that you'll give waiting a chance too.
I'm definitely an
old-fashioned girl. I want the door opened for me, and I
believe in being pursued. In my song, 'God's Girl,' I
sing about everything happening in His timing. When He's
ready for me to take the step to begin dating, I'll take
it. Meanwhile, I'm going to concentrate on loving Jesus
and sharing Him through music.
If I like a guy, I'm
not one who is going to reach for his hand or give him a
long hug. I've set boundaries and believe these are
things that should be shared with someone I would be
very serious with - not a casual dating relationship.
I don't know if the
first guy I date will end up being my husband, but I do
know I'm not going to date anyone who isn't husband
material. If a guy isn't working with me spiritually,
doesn't respect my parents and doesn't respect his
parents, then he's not dating material because he's not
Lyrics to her song
when my ears start hearin'
what people say
up, find love,
cause time's tickin' away
I'm not bein' lazy,
I'm just waiting for
waiting for the right boy
I only want to listen
to Your voice.
So I'll be listenin'
Always listenin' to you everyday
Interesting facts about Jamie...
* Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm
30:5 - "Weeping may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning."
* She plays the drums, guitar,
bass guitar, ukulele and banjo.
* TobyMac signed Jamie after
tracking her clever YouTube videos for more than three
years. He first got in touch with Jamie by tweeting her!
* Jamie admits to having insomnia.
* Jamie has Tourette Syndrome. Her
tics manifest as squeezing her eyes closed, clenching
fingers and toes, and bending her arms and legs rapidly.
"It's Beautiful" Video
Grace's latest song "Beautiful
Day," off her album Ready To Fly is more than just a
fun, catchy tune. "It has a message saying that in spite of what
we're going through, every day is a good and an incredible gift
because God made it," says the singer. "In my young life I learned
that every day can begin worshiping my creator."
The song has already achieved the rate feat of showing up high on
Billboard's Contemporary Christian music charts and with her first
appearance on their Gospel music charts. Rarely does any artist show
up on both.
"The entire concept of Ready To Fly is
being ready even when you don't know what the Lord has planned for
your future," explains Jamie. "I realized I don't have to have my
whole life figured out to start my journey. This record is about
being in the waiting with God, yet while you're waiting being ready
to move - ready to fly - when the timing is right."
Jamie has come a long way since being
tobyMac years ago- something
she is still trying to wrap her head around. "I'm still having a
hard time processing the response to 'Hold Me,' the song I
started in my dorm room," says Jamie, who graduated from Point
University in East Point. "The past few years have been absolutely
incredible and I feel so blessed to have the privilege of sharing
even more music."
Originally from Atlanta, Jamie released her
first album "One Song At A Time" in September 2011, and
followed that with the holiday record Christmas Together
(October 16, 2012).
With a bachelor's in child and youth development, Jamie uses her platform
as a singer, songwriter, speaker and actress as a way to motivate
those around her, especially kids and teens. She performs and speaks
throughout the country, despite being diagnosed with Tourette
Syndrome at the age of 11. "It took our lives for a spin," she
explains of the diagnosis. "I learned early on that Tourette's is
not life-threatening, but it is life-altering."
The song "Hold Me,"actually
first came to be as she was describing her "snuggie." As she continued to
describe her blanket and add words to the tune, she came to the
realization that God's love embraced her so much more than any
physical commodity ever could.
"The greatest love I ever knew had nothing
to do with a blanket with sleeves, but everything to do with a God
that was holding me and would never let me go."
Being a Grammy nominee and Best New Artist
Dove Award winner, the singer has been catching the attention of
many, and even appearing on ABC's hit TV show "The View."
In addition to gearing up for the release
of her new album, Jamie can be found on the big screen in the film
Grace Unplugged. Actress AJ Michalka- who plays the
lead role in the film- sang Jamie's praises after spending time with
the singer on the set.
"She is amazing. I absolutely adore her. She is so talented, she had never
acted before and she did so well," says AJ. "She was really, really
comfortable and we actually became really close friends. It was very
easy to work with her and it just felt really natural."
Jamie's tracks "Beautiful Day" and
"Fighter" are included. Manwell of Group 1 Crew,
Morgan Harper Nichols, and Jason Crabb are featured on
the new album. Grace re-united with previous producers
Christopher Stevens, and David Garcia for the album,
working with Chuck Butler for the first time.
For 2014 Jamie has joined TobyMac's The Hits Deep tour features
some of the biggest and rising stars in Christian rock and pop
music, including Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Colton Dixon, Chris
August and the Capital Kings.
Born: November 25, 1991
to James and Mona Harper who are both pastors.
Childhood: Her parents
move to Georgia when she is very young to start a church. She is
raised in metropolitan Atlanta, where she still lives today.
Age 7: Begins learning
to play the guitar.
Age 8: Starts manifesting
symptoms of Tourette syndrome in the form of tics - involuntary
movements and sounds - and an obsession to repeat certain behaviors
Age 11: Diagnosed with
Tourette syndrome. She has spoken about this condition in various
American states through her music and speaking.
Age 13: Rekindles
relationship with God. She said that she had never turned her back
on God but at this age, she had a renewed relationship with the
Creator. Starts pursuing a career in singing by putting up videos on
Youtube. Singing will eventually help her cope with her condition.
Age 14: Her parents
give her a drum kit and she starts teaching herself to play. At this
age she also begins acting by making her own films.
Age 15: Starts sharing
her story in GraceTalk, a monthly mentoring group for young
girls. Starts filmmaking company Eye 4 See Productions in her senior
year of high school.
Age 16: Graduates
from high school.
Age 18- 19: TobyMac
discovers her in Youtube and signs her to his label Gotee Records.
Before signing her to his label, TobyMac has tracked her clever
YouTube videos for more than three years.
Age 19: Releases
her debut EP, Hold Me. It will eventually become one of the
most added singles to Christian Hit Radio stations. Releases her
debut album One Song at a Time in stores. Jesus Freak
Hideout announces that Hold Me is in No. 1 spot at CHR
Age 20: Releases second EP,
Christmas Together. Graduates from college with a bachelor's
degree in Child & Youth Development from Point University. She wins
the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Grace Unplugged, a movie starring Jamie, is due to
be released later this year.
Age 22: Releases album "Ready To Fly". The
first single, "Beautiful Day" is one of the rare songs to
show up on both of Billboard's Contemporary Christian and Gospel
Music charts. It currently sits at #3 on each chart.