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Posted January 23, 2014 by Michael Ernest in Culture
 
 

Album review: ‘Ready To Fly’ by Jamie Grace

In a world where former Disney princesses are going morally AWOL, and “Christian” pop stars are egging people’s homes, Jamie Grace is a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to every young person out there.

At just 22 she can boast of a Dove Award, a Billboard award nomination and, recently a Grammy nomination.

Now she continues telling more of her God story on the new album “Ready to Fly.”

With this sophomore effort, Grace has proved that she is here to stay.jamie grace

On “Ready To Fly,” Grace is reminiscent of Colbie Calliat or Taylor Swift with her musical display of feelings and emotions. She is good at writing those feel-good, easy-on-the-ears tunes. However, unlike Calliat or Swift, Grace’s stories are centered on Christ, Christian living and worship.

Vocally, Jamie Grace has improved from the time we first heard her on her debut “One Song at a Time.” Artistically, she has grown, yet stayed true to her style and sound which seem to set her apart in the contemporary Christian music industry.

Grace gets her worship on as she opens the album appreciating God in the album’s first single,  “Beautiful Day.” While the album’s first single “Beautiful Day” feels like she reapplied the formula she used on her Toby Mac-assisted debut single “Hold Me,” it is a song that brings sunshine and I can’t hate on that.

On “Just A Friend,” Grace sings about finding young love from the perspective of a young female Christian. She then gets advice from big brother Manwell of Group 1 Crew who drops a few lines of advice on the subject matter, and Grace takes the advice by ending the song affirming she’s fine with being just friends with this high school crush.

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Grace opens herself up to uncertainty while trusting God with the unknown as she relives some of her memories in “Little Old Me,” which is a confident and enjoyable tune. She further expresses herself in a love song to God called “My First Love.”

“Fighter,” is an upbeat, infectious tune that encourages and motivates the listener. It taps into Grace’s inner storyteller as she tells the stories of people (including herself) who overcome obstacles and put their trust in God when facing life’s battles. The subject matter reminds me a little of Mandisa’s “Overcomer” or something on Laura Story’s latest.

Vocally, Jamie Grace has improved from the time we first heard her on her debut “One Song at a Time.” Artistically, she has grown, yet stayed true to her style and sound which seem to set her apart in the contemporary Christian music industry.

Jamie Grace ups the tempo on pop-oriented “Do Life Big” and “Every Bit of Lovely.” Both of these songs will definitely get lots of airplay if they are released as singles.

“White Boots” is one song I just couldn’t wrap my head around. It’s probably because I’m a guy, but hey…. Musically, the song is lovely as Grace’s sister Morgan Harper lends her voice. Lyrically, I get the idea of walking down the aisle guilt-free, not having had sex before marriage. However, I just find the thought of Jamie Grace wearing white boots and a white dress, while walking down the aisle cheesy. Forgive my lack of countryness, but white boots? Seriously? Not a favorite moment of mine on the album.

“Ready to Fly (Avery’s Song),” is a beautiful, sad song. The song is dedicated to a late 11- year old fan of Jamie Grace called Avery who passed away after a tragic car accident in 2012.

“The Waiting” is AMAZING. It is a song to which a lot of people can easily relate. Co-written by Natalie Grant the inspirational track, “The Waiting” is that an excerpt from the inner mind of an average believer when waiting on God and learning how to trust His timing.

“Always You” is a fun, groovy and danceable, tune gives reverence and credit to God for all things.

I liked “Ready To Fly,” but I think it would have been  much better if Grace got out of her comfort zone a little more. Also, a more mature audience might not fully relate to the subject matter on this album, but young people will eat it up because Grace does an excellent job telling her God story to them.