Debut CD: One Song at a Time (2011)
Number 1 Song on all Christian Charts: Hold Me
Women of Faith Revolve Tour 2011
Senior at Point, University
Studying Child and Youth Developmen with emphasis on Children's Ministry
Jamie Grace: One Song at a Time
The 700 Club
JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
Jamie,19, grew up in a Christian home outside of Atlanta, Georgia where her father is a pastor. Her mother homeschooled Jamie and her older sister, Morgan. When she was 7, Jamie accepted Jesus into her heart. “After I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when I was 11, things got difficult,” she says. “I never turned my back on God, but I rekindled the flame when I was 13.” Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by rapid, involuntary movements that occur repeatedly in the same way. Her first tics showed up in rapid arm and leg movements. The tics made it difficult to walk or ride in a car. Though the symptoms have diminished somewhat as she has gotten older, sometimes Jamie says she stutters. (Jamie manages her tics by taking care of herself with diet and supplements. She is not on medication.)
She found that music calmed her symptoms and started writing songs. Her parents gave her a drumkit when she was 14 so Jamie taught herself how to play (she took guitar lessons when she was 7). She also learned to play the ukulele. Soon, Jamie started posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. “Music gave me a sense of purpose,” she says. Jamie was trying to grow in her music and attempted to email Gotee Records. She started talking to Christian artists after their concerts to find out what more she could do. “God didn’t really have that in the plan,” says Jamie.
WHAT A TWEET
Multiple Grammy winner TobyMac, formerly of the trio rap group DC Talk, has sold 10 million albums and is the founder of Gotee Records. He came across Jamie’s videos on the internet and one day last year, contacted her through Twitter about a record deal. Jamie was surprised when she received the Tweet. TobyMac was equally ecstatic. “I have not been this excited to work with an artist in a long, long time,” says TobyMac. Her song, Hold Me, went #1 at Christian AC Monitored, Christian AC Mediabase, iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs, and Billboard Christian Digital Tracks.
Jamie founded a website for teens with Tourette Syndrome when she was 14. Last year she was a part of the Women of Faith Revolve Tour where she shared her story of overcoming challenges. Her debut CD showcases her talents, her funky, laid-back vibe and a message of hope. “My life verse is Psalm 30:5 , Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. “I want to share about God’s joy because when I found it again, it was amazing,” says Jamie.
Jamie will play guitar and sing “Hold Me.”
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