When it comes to contemporary Christian music featuring hip hop and reggae, Jamie Grace Harper is a popular name. Born in 1991, this young singer released her first EP, Hold Me in February, 2011. Her debut album, titled One Song at a Time, was released in September, 2011. Her individuality lies in the fusion of folk, hip hop and pop that gives rise to a completely new genre of music loved by young people. Jamie was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder) in 2003 that probably made her realize that nobody is perfect and brought her closer to God.
Jamie won the award of New Artist of the Year in 2012 Dove Awards. She was also nominated in the 2012 Grammys for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Song of the Year (“Hold Me”). Dove Awards 2012 nominated her for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (“Hold Me”) and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (“One Song at a Time”).
Her lyrics are for the most part encouraging as well as engaging and fun. Her vocals are strong and comforting. The album that made her popular puts emphasis on the purpose of life and what God expects from His creation. One of her songs “Hold Me” that features TobyMac, became an instant hit and also got a nomination in the Grammys. According to Jamie Grace fans, her songs are enjoyable because of the acoustic pop/swing twist that is characteristic of most of her songs. Also, the fresh and happy touch heard in her music appeals to teenagers who are searching for the truth.
Jamie in her personal life is pursuing a degree in children’s ministry at Point University. According to people who know her, she is an individual with many unique qualities. Jamie wins the hearts of people she knows by her infectious smile and her expressive nature. She is applauded for the great message of hope she is conveying through her music. Female singers are not very popular in the Christian music scene, but Jamie Grace has secured a place in this category that will not be taken over for many years to come.