Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Jamie Grace: Ready to Fly

Album Artist: Jamie Grace
Record/EP: Ready to Fly
Rating: 4/5
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Similar artists: Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets, Moriah Peters
Genre: Christian Hip Hop, R&B
Release Date: 28 January 2014
Length: 42:33
Label: Gotee

“This record is about being in the waiting with God, yet while you’re, waiting being ready to move - ready to fly - when the timing is right."

Looking back on Grace’s first record there was a definite sense of excitement and enjoyment that was evident in the young singer’s tracks, and for her audience it worked perfectly, even if she only appealed to the younger generations. With her latest release Ready to Fly, functionally we get the same thing as before, both Jamie and her fans have grown up together. While this new record has shown some growth, as an artist I believe that Jamie is still lacking in maturity of sound and content. While this record is still good, I think it could have been so much better, it almost feels like something is still holding her back.
Lyrically there are a few very good tracks, and obviously as a Christian artist there are inspirational and helpful messages within the tracks, and it is clear that Jamie has tried to encourage people through her music, especially when you look at tracks like “Fighter” in which she touches on her own struggles since being diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome.

As far as musicality goes, Jamie has stuck to her old formula for her tracks, and even though it sort of makes sense to stick with what works and what is safe, in the long run it makes each track less interesting. The only noticeable change has come from the producer Chuck Butler, which has resulted in a few synth-laden tracks that offer some variety and new flavor and so because she follows this same formula, the album lacks any sort of surprises, pleasant or otherwise.

I think that if Jamie is really a great songwriter who desires to grow as a professional musician, Ready To Fly and any record like it will only serve to hinder her growth as an artist. So Ready to Fly is more of the same from Jamie, but I still have hope for her future, after all she is still young, she has time to grow and mature into a world-class performer.

Song of the Week: “Fighter”

Record Rating: 4/5

Stay choice Joyce


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