Jamie Grace is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, recently discovered by tobyMac's Gotee Records label.
This 4-song digital EP includes a cover of the dcTalk song “Into Jesus,” “One Song At A Time” featuring GabeReal of the DiverseCity Band, and “Holding On,” a ballad written by Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real, TobyMac, Cary Barlowe and Jamie Moore.
Click Here To Add Videos.
Click To Add Lyrics If Not Available.
Hold Me (Featuring tobyMac)
One Song At A Time (Featuring GabeReal of DiverseCity)
Upbeat Pop With A Great Message| Posted February 22, 2011
Gotee Records has a longstanding reputation for introducing and producing some of the biggest names in Christian music today. Just a few of the label’s alumni include Family Force 5, Sarah Kelly, Out Of Eden, and John Reuben. Needless to say, whenever the Gotee family welcomes a new member, people say attention. Which leads us to 19-year-old Atlanta native, and newest Gotee Records artist, Jamie-Grace.
Jamie might be a familiar face to some due to her work on both the iShine and Revolve tours over the past several years, but she is mostly known for her popular YouTube covers of contemporary Christian songs, which is how Gotee Records founder and fellow CCM artist tobyMac stumbled across her. The two hit it off right away, and it led to a partnership of mutual respect and the development of songwriting. The result is Jamie-Grace’s first official project, the ‘Hold Me’ EP.
The EP starts off with the title track featuring none other than Toby himself. It is a catchy and uplifting song that sets the tone for Jamie’s style of fun and bubbly pop. Up next is ‘One Song At A Time’, another catchy tune with somewhat of a reggae feel to it, also featuring Gabe Real from tobyMac’s band DiverseCity. The message of the song is upbeat and positive, Jamie singing about how music is her way of conveying her message, one song at a time (‘just give me six strings and I’ll sing you the truth…’)
‘Holding On’ is the only ballad-type song on the album, co-written by tag team tobyMac/Jamie Moore, as well as Matt Hammitt from Sanctus Real . It showcases Jamie’s unique vocals and highlights the passion she has for songwriting and her craft. The last song on the EP is a cover of dc Talk’s classic ‘Into Jesus.’ This is one of my favorite dc Talk songs, so I was interested to see how she was going to remake it. It turned out amazing and I love the changes she made, taking it from it’s darker original, to making it her own by bringing it into her own airy acoustic feel.
Jamie-Grace is an artist to watch in 2011 and beyond. Don’t let her age fool you, she is wise beyond her years and it shows in her dedication to her music. This is a fun EP and I recommend it to fans of artists like Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli, or anyone who is into catchy pop with a message for Jesus. I really enjoy this EP and I’m looking forward to what is coming next from this up-and-coming artist. Great things lie ahead for her.
Strong debut from former iShine artist| Posted February 22, 2011
A while ago, I heard about a girl named Jamie Grace. She toured with the popular tween-geared iShine Live tour, as well as performing on iShine Kinect. She has an amazing musical style, and a great sense of humor! Recently, she broke away from the iShine artist circle, and was signed by tobyMac to Gotee Records. Her debut EP came out today! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. How does it measure up? Let's find out!
Jamie Grace begins the EP with a great track, called "Hold Me", featuring TobyMac himself. It's a fun, acoustic track, reminiscent of Britt Nicole. When I first heard the song, I thought maybe it was a love song, but Jamie Grace quickly puts to rest any doubts this about some guy. "Lord I love the way you hold me" speaks of the love God has for us, and how thankful she is for that love. This was a great opener, and Jamie Grace's vocals really shine on this song.
"One Song at a Time" comes up second, and immediately you get a fun, funky beat with a neat keyboard intro. All about having fun "One Song at a Time", is one of those songs you can imagine playing at a party, or simply riding in your car. Jamie Grace has a signature sound, with a new twist on acoustic pop.This song features GabeReal from Diverse City! His cameo fits perfectly, and is the perfect complement to this track.
Next we have a slower track, called "Holding On". A beautiful piano intro plays as Jamie Grace sings of holding onto God as she faces life. This is such a beautiful track. Jamie Grace has a beautiful voice, and a great range, which this song takes advantage of. I love the message of this song, as it encourages us to hold on to God, no matter what comes our way.
Last on the EP is the dc Talk cover, "Into Jesus". I loved this track! With a simple acoustic guitar and a great beat, it does the original more than justice. Jamie Grace is the perfect artist for this song. I found myself singing along in no time! I'm glad she chose this song to cover, and dc Talk fans will not be disappointed.
Overall, this is a strong debut from former iShine artist, Jamie Grace. Filled with fun, acoustic pop music and beautiful vocals from Jamie Grace, this EP is a worthy addition for anyone! Fans of Britt Nicole, Shawn McDonald, Lanae Hale and Charmaine will definitely enjoy this album.