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February 22, 2011

'Hold Me' Has Got a Hold on Me

New Gotee artist Jamie-Grace, just 19, has a hook-laden single that just won't let go

TobyMac is always looking around for promising new artists for his label, Gotee Records. He recently found -- and signed -- another in Jamie-Grace, a 19-year-old college student from the Atlanta suburbs who releases her debut EP, Hold Me, today. The title cut, her first single, is incredibly contagious; check it out in the video below.

TobyMac, who lends background vocals in the song, says, "I’ve not been this excited to work with an artist in a long time. She has a style that can’t be put into a typical label box—a dash of reggae, a dash of folk, a dash of hip hop. . . . Jamie-Grace is a natural, beautiful next step for our industry.”

Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 11, Jamie-Grace has walked a challenging journey that has included physical exhaustion, emotional stress, and spiritual doubt. After hearing Tammy Trent (who lost her husband to a diving accident in 2001) give her testimony, Jamie-Grace said she thought, "I’ve cried enough. It’s time to accept my joy." She decided that "even with Tourette’s, I still have something to do with my life. I love to sing. I have a story, and I’ve got to share it.”

Three years later, she's a college junior studying children's ministry and releasing her music to the world. Check it out:


awwww, this is so nice :-) it does warm my heart to think of this girl's God-journey :-)

Sure is danceable. However, she'd better get ready for complaints about WHO she is 'loving the way they hold me.'

I'd probably sing that to my girlfriend and she'd think I was singing about her.

Sorry: It's the Age-old problem problem of the 'foreign language' spoken by evangelicals.

This is great! I love the song and the sound. Thanks for sharing.

Very nice. Fun, bouncy, great message. She's got a great voice. Thank you for posting this.

Larry, she says "Lord, I love the way you hold me" in the song. So...pretty sure she means she loves the way our Lord holds her.

This is just a standard secular love song with "Lord" inserted in place of "baby." Doesn't bother me (athiest) but it is almost a parody of CCM.

I love this song because it's an expression of her heart towards the Lord. If you're looking for problems in the song then you're going to find them, but if you look at the heart of it, you can see very clearly that this song is an expression of the way this girl loves the Lord and everything about him.