Some people are just full of surprises. Take singer Jamie Grace for instance. She already has a lifetime of experiences during her 21 years on this earth and she is just getting started. The GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner will be releasing her second album, “Ready to Fly” on January 28 while her new single, “Beautiful Day” is already doing fine on the air thank you very much. None of this would have seemed possible ten years ago.
When Jamie was just nine years old, she began twitching here and there occasionally. The strange symptoms would affect her eyes, neck, arms and legs. She began to stutter. Her situation progressively got worse and by the age of 11, Jamie was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, a situation that she still struggles with today, but to a lesser degree.
In an interview with the Christian Post back in September, Jamie opened up about her health and her healthy perspective about it: “I do thank God, not specifically for Tourette’s, but I know that He has taught me a lot through this illness. So the irony of Tourette’s syndrome is that it’s based on something that we can’t control and everyone in life has something that they can’t control. So whether it’s Tourette’s, or family or school stuff, or something else medical, we’re all going to have something big in our lives that that we can’t control, but we can control to choose to go to the Father during those times and even though it’s hard and difficult, He does love us He does have a plan for us and He will make everything work out for His glory in the end.”
In 2006, this preacher’s daughter created her first YouTube video of her singing. By 2010 she was “discovered” by TobyMac and signed to his Gotee Records label later that year. In 2011, she released her first album, “One Song at a Time” while attending college and touring the country. Almost half of her songs off that album have received radio play, making her a household name.
After a busy year of touring and taking an acting role in the faith-based film Grace Unplugged, she is ready to reveal her latest work. The album reunites Jamie with producers Christopher Stevens (TobyMac), David Garcia (Britt Nicole) and for the first time with Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor).
“The entire concept of ‘Ready To Fly’ is being ready even when you don’t know what the Lord has planned for your future,” says Jamie in a recent press release. “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 being in the waiting with God, yet while you’re waiting being ready to move – ready to fly – when the timing is right.”
The new album features appearances from Manwell of Group 1 Crew, her sister Morgan Harper Nichols and Jason Crabb on the digital only bonus track version of “Fighter.” Since its release this summer, the single “Beautiful Day” has enjoyed a steady rise to the top and a strong footing in the Top 20 on the Billboard Christian Songs Chart as well as the Top 5 of the iTunes® Christian & Gospel songs chart.