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Jamie Grace Harper (born November 25, 1991)[1] is an American Contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper and songwriter fromAtlantaGeorgia. In 2010 she was discovered (via her YouTube channel) by TobyMac and signed to his label Gotee Records. She released the song "Hold Me" in 2011 (landing her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys) and won the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.


  [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]

Jamie Grace is the youngest daughter to James and Mona Harper. Jamie Grace grew up singing and playing instruments in both church and at home with her older sister Morgan.

On July 16, 2006, she created a YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online.[2]

She was home-schooled with her sister, Morgan.[3]


Over the years her videos received recognition from Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart (musician)David Mullen (singer) and eventually landing her a singing and acting gig with the television show and tour iShine. In 2010 she was discovered by TobyMac and signed to his record label Gotee Records later that year.[citation needed]

Hold Me[edit]

Jamie Grace's debut EPHold Me was released by the label on February 22, 2011.[4] Jamie Grace released the title track to the album at the same time and it was one of the most added singles to Christian Hit Radio stations.[5] Her debut album, One Song at a Time, was released in stores September 20, 2011.[1] Her second EP, Christmas Together was released November 29, 2011.[citation needed]

Jamie Grace is featured as a main artist and speaker in the Revolve Tour by Women of Faith[6] alongside artists such as Britt NicoleGroup 1 Crew, and Hawk Nelson.[7] On May 4, 2011, Jesus Freak Hideout announced that "Hold Me," her first single, had attained the No. 1 spot at CHR.[8]

Ready to Fly[edit]

The release of her second studio album, Ready to Fly, produced by Christopher Stevens and David Garcia, was released January 28, 2014. The first single was "Beautiful Day".[9] The second single available was "Fighter", an inspiring song of those who have struggled but don't give up.[10]

Musical style[edit]

In a somewhat unique style, Jamie Grace combines elements of hip hopfolk, and pop into one distinct sound.[11] In addition, she occasionally uses elements of guest vocalists, such as TobyMac in "Hold Me" and GabeReal from DiverseCity in "One Song at a Time".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Harper graduated from college on May 12, 2012 from Point University.[12] She has a Bachelor's Degree in children's ministry.

Struggle with Tourette syndrome[edit]

Grace was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2003 when she was 11.[5] She has spoken of this illness through her music and speaking.[13]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart


US Christian US
One Song at a Time 4 84
Ready to Fly
  • Release date: January 28, 2014
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3 32

Studio EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak chart


US Christian US Heat
Hold Me
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
27 18
Christmas Together
  • Release date: November 29, 2011
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • Formats: CD, music download


Year Title Peak chart




Christian Airplay US Heat
2011 "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) 107 3 17 One Song at a Time
"You Lead" 9
"Christmas Together" 22 Christmas Together
2012 "Come to Me"

(featuring Joanne Cash)

40 One Song at a Time
"Holding On" 35
2013 "Beautiful Day" 3 5 Ready to Fly
2014 "Enough to Share" 3 5 VeggieTales: The Fennel Frontier (DVD)

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Album appearances[edit]

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • 2013: Colossal Coaster World (Lifeway's VBS); "Colossal Coaster World", "Change My Heart", and "I Will Trust in You".
  • 2012: It Happened One Night: Celebrating Christmas and Freedom Around the World; "Away in a Manger"
  • 2010: All Starz 2010; "Heads Up"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year/Award Category Work Result
2012 Grammys Best Contemporary Christian Music Song "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
2012 Dove Song of the Year "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
New Artist of the Year Won
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year "Hold Me" (featuring tobyMac) Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year "One Song at a Time" Nominated


Title Released Role
Grace Unplugged[14] 2013 Rachel