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Archive for October 7th, 2012

Jamie Grace ~ Reminding me of David Archuleta

Posted by bluesky4home on Sunday, October 7, 2012

There is a song from the musical, “Finnigans Rainbow” that includes the line: “When I’m not near the girl I love, I love the girl I’m near!” That sentiment is fairly understandable for the character in the story, but it doesn’t really ‘work for me’ where DA and his music is concerned. *_*

Still, now and then I run into a really fun individual that has SOME of the same qualities that I so admire in the Voice. Ergo… “Reminding me of DA”.

For today, Jamie Grace is “Reminding me of DA”, and I wonder, have I found DA’s “Sister-from-another-mother”?

Jamie Grace is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter who just graduated from college (she began early). She has had a bundle of challenges thrown at her since early childhood. Yet, sustained by the love and support of her family, especially her relationship with her sister, she has not only overcome, but somehow, thrived. The beginning of her upward journey began with a set of drums given to her by her father. Instead of the ”girl with Tourette’s syndrome”, she became the “girl who plays music”. This last year she was nominated for a Grammy. She writes of her early life: “I grew up a sick kid, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, asthma, pneumonia… my sister was one of the few constants in my life offering a smile, hug or movie night on top of her patience and strength.”

Here is the official video of her song, “Hold Me”, featuring Toby Mac, who discovered her and has been supporting her career.

I hear ‘happy’ in her voice. I hear DA’s funky rhythm and blues. I hear a joy that shines without being glossy, a glow that generously invites, rather than the pulsing strobe of manufactured necessity.

(DA… I want to hear a duet. I am seriously asking the universal powers-that-be to work on this… ((You have 1.5 years, powers….  Do it.)) )

This video is of her song, “Not Alone”. Jamie tells about writing it:

“I wrote this song in just a few hours sitting at my piano needing to pour my heart. Having had friends who have survived cancer and other illnesses but also having had a good friend go to be with Jesus after a battle with cancer just this year I’ve seen firsthand the strength it takes to endure that type of pain. This particular song shares the story of a mother with a child who is sick but she is yet understanding that God’s arms are right there and she’s not alone. I hope this is an encouragement to you whether you’ve face difficulty with illness, finances, relationships or whatever it is. “We may have pain, but not as great as His name.”

Jamie… I hear the sweet, breathy vowels like those used by Lights. I love those “oooos” at the beginning.  The depth and feeling in the delivery. The courage. The commitment. Yeah, I’m signing up for the DA/JG concert!

For Christmas, she gathered lots of family and friends and wrote the song “Christmas Together”.

The chorus includes these words:

“And unless ya got 20 people,
stuck on an elevator,
I can’t imagine a time —
When we’re all this close!”

Seriously? An elevator? Somehow that just rang a bell with me.  ^_^

On a more serious note, Jamie just posted a new video on Sep 6 2012 for a young cousin who is in the hospital. She covers a song by Emeli Sandé, “My Kind of Love”. Jamie changes the last verse and adds an impromptu chorus at the end as a message:

“You see the times, they’re changing, I’m sure of nothing that I know
Except this is us, this is love. This is where I’m home
And while hearts breaking, and nothing is for keeps,
This is us, this is love. This is where I sleep”

In my view, this song and her delivery of it, is a rather good summation or post-script to the message from DA’s album: Begin.

Anyway…..

(Dear DA: The weather is good. The family is fine. While you are gone, I’ll try not to whine.)

Let me know what you think of Jamie Grace! And whose reminding you of DA?

Here are the lyrics to “My Kind of Love” by Emeli Sandé

I can’t buy your love, don’t even wanna try.
Sometimes the truth won’t make you happy, so I’m not gonna lie.
But don’t ever question if my heart beats only for you, it beats only for you.

I know i’m far from perfect, nothin’ like your entourage
I can’t grant you any wishes, I won’t promise you the stars.
But don’t ever question if my heart beats only for you, it beats only for you.

Cause when you’ve given up.
When no matter what you do it’s never good enough.
When you never thought that it could ever get this tough,
Thats when you feel my kind of love.

And when you’re crying out.
When you fall and then can’t pick, you’re heavy on the ground
When the friends you thought you had haven’t stuck around.
That’s when you feel my kind of love.

You won’t see me at the parties, I guess I’m just no fun.
I won’t be turning up the radio singing “Baby You’re The One”.
But don’t ever question if my heart beats only for you, it beats only for you.

I know sometimes I get angry, and I say what i don’t mean.
I know I keep my heart protected, far away from my sleeve.
But don’t ever question if my heart beats only for you, it beats only for you.

Cause when you’ve given up.
When no matter what you do it’s never good enough.
When you never thought that it could ever get this tough,
Thats when you feel my kind of love.

And when you’re crying out.
When you fall and then can’t pick, you’re heavy on the ground
When the friends you thought you had haven’t stuck around.
That’s when you feel my kind of love.

Cause when you’ve given up.
When no matter what you do it’s never good enough.
When you never thought that it could ever get this tough,
That’s when you feel my kind of love.

You can see her sing it here:

Not the best recording for her voice, but I think it was the emotion. Still a great listen.

Here is Jamie showing up with little kids… Enjoy.

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