Okay, I’ll just come out and say it. I am a huge fan of Jamie Grace. And what’s weird is that it took me forever to discover her because although she was always played on Christian radio stations nationwide. I didn’t actually get bit by the fan bug until I seen her on a livestream for 2015’s Night of Joy.
Instantly, I felt like I was looking in a metaphorical mirror. At 25, Jamie Grace has had the typical experiences of a young artist: being bullied, outcasted, and moved across the country and back over her young life, all while still being single in a world that ridicules you for having higher standards than the heels on your shoes. Yet, she’s extraordinary in that at only 25, she managed to already be nominated for a Grammy, win a Dove award, star in a major motion picture, and deal with a whole heck of a lot health-wise. Her mother was diagnosed with pudendal neuralgia which makes walking and especially sitting extremely uncomfortable. For more on this battle, please read this personal essay by Jamie herself.
Despite leaving Gotee Records in August 2016 and relocating to California later in the year, Jamie Grace Harper finally released her long-awaited third studio album ’91. Influenced by the Christian music she and I both grew up with, Superchic[K] and ZoeGirl, among others it is her first independent album release as an artist with a bold, strong, and autobiographical message. The album was released on September 1, 2017.
Song by Song Review
Different: A song about realizing you are different and that’s okay featuring heavy guitar musicality and bass drum.
The Happy Song: An acoustic jam that reminds you that the joy of the Lord is your strength no matter what trials life brings.
One of a Kind: A song about all those crazy thoughts we have on a daily basis and how God doesn’t think we are crazy in spite of them. Heavy use of percussion creates a playfulness to the musicality.
Here: A track featuring her older sister Morgan Harper-Nichols, it has country ballad musicality while discussing the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Spotlight: Heavy use of guitar chords and static make this interlude track have a radio wave effect on the vocals.
Dance On: One of two favorites off the album, it’s a dance party anthem with rock n roll musicality.
Bella: An acoustic song with soft vocals about being a daughter of the king.
Party Like A Princess: My other favorite off the album with elements of Superchic[K]-like sound (no surprise there, it was produced from the band’s own Matt Dally), comes this single girl anthem about loving who you are regardless of who you walk into a party with or without.
Reverb This second interlude track which has a definite Superchic[K]-like sound and influenced by ZoeGirl as well, it boasts a theme of being God’s echo, as a reverb is defined as an effect whereby the sound produced by an amplifier or an amplified musical instrument is made to reverberate slightly.
Games: A song about the lines drawn in the invisible sand to outcast one girl from social groups.
Sixteen: A fast-paced rhythm mirrors the fast-paced life of a sixteen year old with this track about struggling with a journey of faith in your teen years.
Daughter of the King: An acoustic ballad about who God made you is ENOUGH
Bella(Acoustic): The acoustic version of the daddy-daughter guitar ballad
Heaven (Fix Things): A piano ballad about God’s mighty power and sometimes not understanding his process.
I love when I learn new things about an artist that I very much love and I just found out that Jamie Grace was actually asked up on stage by Adele where she sang “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” and Adele said she had a great voice. Well she totally does but what a HUGE compliment coming from such a vocal powerhouse and equally versatile artist.
No matter if you were born in ’91 or 2001, you will find pieces of yourself while listening to Jamie Grace’s third studio album, and feel free to dance on!
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