BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#358 - "Come To Me" by Jamie-Grace
How did Johnny Cash inspire Jamie-Grace's newest hit single? NRT's Kevin Davis chats with her for the answer.

By kevindavis

BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #358 -
Jamie-Grace: "Even when I donít read my Bible for a little while, He still accepts me. Thatís very reassuring and comforting to me."
GRAMMY® Nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner Jamie Grace is riding a wave of acclaim, popularity and radio success that now finds her debuting her new music video for her single "Come to Me" with the help of legendary singer-songwriter Joanne Cash, sister of the late, great Johnny Cash. In addition, the majority of the video was filmed at the Cash family’s own Cash Cabin Studio.
 
Jamie Grace comments, "Joanne Cash is by far one of the loveliest people I have ever met. When I wrote 'Come to Me,' I was inspired by a video where Johnny Cash shared a story with Joanne about meeting Jesus. Sitting face to face with Joanne and hearing the sweet story about her brother inspired me so much. I already enjoyed his music, but ultimately, his passion for his faith and family have taken deep root in my heart. It was a blessing to me to write 'Come To Me' and work with Joanne. Filming at the ranch and meeting the Cash family was an honor and a dream come true!"
 
"Come to Me" follows her previous singles "Hold Me" and "You Lead." Jamie Grace is one of very few artists to have their debut single go No. 1 on both AC radio charts and CHR. Her second single, "You Lead," also the No.1 spot on the CHR chart. Jamie Grace released her Gotee debut, One Song at a Time, in September 2011. I had the great chance to interview Jamie in-person about "Come To Me."
 
Please tell me about the background message behind the song "Come To Me."
 
Well, Matthew 11:28 is a verse I’ve known for a while, but I was re-connected with it when I was 14 years old. The rest of the passage addressed how Jesus takes our burden, but the song is based on "Come to Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest." Songs like "Big Enough" by Aieysha Woods address that message. That verse has always been so powerful to me. I was on You Tube, which is a normal thing for me to be doing, on that particular day when I was about 14. On that day I had started to really get into Country music. I had only really known Christian music growing up, or "age appropriate" music as my parents called it. I am very glad that I didn’t know about relationship songs when I was 12. I only knew about Jesus and He is enough. 
 
I remember when I was 14 that I was getting into Faith Hill and Reba McIntyre, and I heard about the amazing Johnny Cash. I came across this YouTube video called "Joanne Cash shares Bible verses." I thought she must be related to Johnny. She’s his younger sister and she was sharing a story where she and Johnny were talking just days before he passed away. He was asking her if she was walking on the shores of Galilee and Jesus said one thing to her, what would she want Him to say. She turned the question around to him, and this was a man who was not famous for many Christian songs, but just days before he died he looked at her and said, "Jesus would say, come to Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest."

He quoted that verse and went on to share the Gospel with Joanne to make sure she knew that he was right with the Lord at the end of his life. That really inspired me. I remember I was going through a difficult time, living with having Tourette Syndrome, learning to cope with it and accept that’s who I am. Learning this man was accepting that he wasn’t going to be on earth much longer, for him to go back to Jesus inspired me to write this song.
 
Do you have any Bible verses you used in writing the song? Any life verse?

Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
 
What's the takeaway message for listeners?
 
This passage and song inspires me so much. I watched that video every couple of months and God inspired me with the lyrics and the melody for this song. About a week before the album was about to be turned in, my producer Chris Stevens went out to get lunch and when he returned, I told him I accidently wrote another song for the album. I played it for him, and he told me we had to put it on the album. It is totally a blessing for me, and it is a song on the album that means a whole lot to me and comes from a very vulnerable place in my heart.

I’m reading this book right now called Perfect Mess by Lisa Harper. She goes to the Book of Psalms and says that "even in those times in our lives when we feel like we are perfect, we are a perfect mess. When we mess up and we fall and we mix things up, or we run away or fall away from God, He still loves us." He still loves us, and He still adores us. I was reading the book on the plane and it was so moving thinking about how I serve a God who loves me no matter what. Even when I say something dumb and disrespectful to my mom, or treat my sister poorly. Even when I don’t read my Bible for a little while, He still accepts me. That’s very reassuring and comforting to me.
 
Lyrics:
I had a dream I was standing on the shore,
Two feet planted in the sand,
Soakin' up your glory, Yeah,
Saw you walkin' for a distance,
Without a hint of resistance,
Had your arms open, and a warmth in your eyes,
You took my hand and you whispered,

Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
I'll give you rest from your burden,
Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
I'll give you rest from your burden,
Now...

I woke you to the weight of the world,
Right back into reality,
And all that's going wrong,
Cause in the midst of the chaotic life,
I try to find peace of mind,
But you've been there all along,
And even now I hear you whisper,

Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
I'll give you rest from your burden,
Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
I'll give you rest from your burden,

I feel the weight,
I feel the weight, 
Is slowly liftin' as you close the distance,
And I know it's gonna be okay, 
When I hear you say,

Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
Oohhh I'm gonna carry your burden,
Come to me when, you're weary and,
I'll give you hope when you're hurtin'
I'll give you rest from your burden,
Now....

The weight is lifted now.
 
Spend any time at all with Jamie Grace, and it’s obvious that she’s special. Her infectious smile, bright eyes and her expressive way with words are all tell-tale signs: this is one unique girl. But the effervescent spirit in this young woman is even more powerful and compelling than what can be seen. Her contagious joy and message of hope can only be understood in the context of her story. And her struggle. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Jamie Grace learned two powerful lessons: one, that ministry is a way of life; two, that life is good, even when it’s hard.

Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 11, her young life became a series of heartbreak and challenge, a long season of physical exhaustion, emotional stress and spiritual doubt. Then one day, inspired by the powerful testimony of Tammy Trent on the Revolve Tour, Jamie Grace came to a life-changing conclusion. "I heard Tammy speak and I thought, ‘I’ve cried enough. It’s time to accept my joy.’ It was just the long process of finally realizing that, even with Tourette’s, I still have something to do with my life. I love to sing. I have a story, and I’ve got to share it."
 
To call Jamie the next big thing in Christian music may be an understatement. Just like her mentor TobyMac, her album is accessible well beyond just the Christian music market. "Come To Me" is another great example of the many autobiographical, comforting and catchy songs on the album which is chock-full of hits, including "Hold Me" and "You Lead." One of Jamie’s strengths in addition to her soothing and strong vocals are her infectious and engaging lyrics. Jamie is truly a "God Girl" and is a wonderful role model for any age girl. Being a father of three young daughters, I heartily recommend Jamie’s songs and her ministry GraceTalk where she conducts Bible studies and talks about her unashamed commitment to Jesus. With our societal pressures to date and lose our innocence, it’s so refreshing to hear a godly girl proclaim that she’s in love with our Savior. 
 
"Come To Me" connects to the biblical Truth found in Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." That’s what Jamie’s all about, loving God with all of her heart, expressed in one catchy song after another.  God loves you so much. Lean on Him and He’ll give you strength. These songs are all for God’s glory. To You be all the glory. If you are a follower of Jesus, you can know for certain that God is singing these words over you: "Come to me when, you're weary and, I'll give you hope when you're hurtin',  I'll give you rest from your burden, Now....The weight is lifted now."  Amen! 
 
(You can watch the music video here.)
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Posted September 25, 2012 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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