I first heard Jamie Grace on a family vacation in Florida when local Christian radio station Z88.3 played one of her songs. (While I’m here, Z88.3 is a great radio station, and you can listen online worldwide). For anyone who doesn’t know, Jamie Grace is a Christian singer, songwriter and musician (and pastor’s kid!) and, in my opinion, she is one of the most positive influences out there.
If you are a parent, a guardian, a grandparent, an Aunt, an Uncle, a sibling, a cousin, or just a friend or trusted adult in a child or young person’s life, I could not encourage you strongly enough to make sure and introduce the children and young people in your life to Jamie Grace.
Whether it’s through her music, her podcasts, or her YouTube channel, or all of the above, please tell your child about Jamie. I guarantee that she will have a positive impact. Her ministry just radiates the love of Jesus and has often been a source of encouragement and comfort to me. There was a period of time where I would intentionally go to Jamie’s YouTube channel with the specific purpose of lifting my mood.
Jamie is a champion of the Gospel and a supporter of the lonely and the underdog. Although young, she has a wealth of wisdom and inspiration to offer, and you would do well to heed what she has to say and to pass her message on to the children under your influence. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (ESV), and for me, Jamie is a wonderful example of this – promoting purity, speaking in love and truth that comes straight from the Bible, conducting herself with grace, and walking in faithfulness.
Her YouTube channel includes videos that cover an array of subjects that most young people are going to face at some point – how to fit in at school, how to tackle bullying, dealing with loneliness, living with a disability, love and relationships, and how to live for God as a young Christian. Jamie has a gift for making her viewers feel heard and valued, and in a world where good role models are lacking, Jamie is certainly one that you can depend on. I can tell you right now that the world of entertainment definitely needs more Jamie Graces – people who are willing to publicly take a stand for Jesus and, as they do that, encouraging others in their own walks with Jesus.
If there is one thing you do this summer, please get a Jamie Grace CD, YouTube video, or podcast into the hands of the children and young people you care about. Although Jamie’s songs are largely targeted at young girls, there’s no reason why boys can’t benefit from Jamie’s ministry too. The topics she tackles both through her music and through her YouTube videos and podcasts are ones that are shared experiences no matter your gender.
It’s time for us to start thinking about what we’re feeding our young people in terms of music and media, and the messages such music and media promote. Instead of the sexualised and explicit music permeating our society, isn’t it about time that we fill our young people’s minds with hope and biblical truth instead? It’s time for us, in our trusted positions of influence in young lives, to start taking our job seriously. Please, do your kids a favour, and introduce them to Jamie Grace.
This wasn’t a paid ad of anything, I just really like Jamie’s ministry, and really think children and young people can benefit from listening to her. Instead of giving you a list of reasons why Jamie is someone your kids should be listening to instead of some of the other secular options that are given the majority of airtime on our radios and televisions, here’s a list of programmes and ministries produced by Jamie Grace to get you started. Hopefully there’s at least one that tickles your fancy:
- 91– CD (My favourite track on this album is the opening track – “Different”)
- Ready To Fly – CD (My favourite track on this album – “White Boots”, a duet with Jamie’s older sister, talented writer Morgan Harper Nichols, who is also definitely worth looking up for some encouragement and inspiration)
- One Song At A Time– CD (My favourite from this album – “God Girl”, I think it should be the anthem for Christian girls everywhere!)
- Wait It Out – Podcast (A podcast specifically for single people over the age of 18 – I would highly recommend this. I listened to every available episode within three days and felt so encouraged by it!)
- I’m A Fighter – Podcast (A podcast bringing you stories of real life “fighters” living with illness and medical conditions)
- Daughter Of The King – Podcast (A podcast aimed at younger girls)
- Jamie Grace’s YouTube channel
- Jamie Grace’s Website