Adele is known for being interactive with her fans, and when one of them boldly asked if the British singer would sing with her, she didn’t hesitate to pull the excited fan onstage. The 24-year-old devotee was visibly star-struck as she gushed over Adele, who told her to “take it away, sing whatever you want,” but by the time she finished singing a bit of Adele’s “Remedy,” and then a gospel-inspired version of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” the 10-time Grammy winner was the one gushing over Jamie Grace; a grammy-nominated singer from Atlanta, GA, reports ABC News.
Although Jamie’s birthday isn’t until November, but she treated herself to a front row seat to Adele’s 25 concert at the Staples Center as an early birthday present, accompanied by her sister Morgan and her brother-in-law. Grace was 19-years old when her song “Hold Me” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song in 2012, which was a good year for her as she was also nominated for a Billboard Music Award and took home the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. As a winner of the Dove Award, Jamie is still the youngest artist to do so.
“I was excited and blown away and honored in general. I was nervous. I was excited. I was literally shaking.”
— Jamie Grace (@jamiegraceh) August 11, 2016
Grace has two contemporary Christian albums in her repertoire — Ready to Fly and One Song at a Time— which is amusing in light of Adele saying at one point that she hoped the exposure would help her fan get a record deal. Even so, she shared that she has been struggling with whether to continue chasing a music career, even seeking counseling to help her.
“Just because you’re an artist and you’re on the radio or you have a Grammy nomination, people might think that everything is good. I’ve actually been going through a really emotional time with music and have just been really overwhelmed with what’s next in my career.”
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Since her encounter with the “Hello” singer, Grace has tweeted Adele, thanking her for giving her the opportunity to perform for her and all of her fans, and the experience convinced her to move forward with her music career.
“Even though I have this recognition and this career, to be given the opportunity to sing for Adele’s crowd — it was a reminder and an assurance that I do have a voice and the voice does matter. It was everything I needed.”
While Jamie Grace was a refreshing surprise, did Adele not see J. Lo in the audience singing her heart out to Adele’s songs? Yes, “Jenny from the Block” was singing and swaying to “Rolling in the Deep,” with vocal coach Stevie Mackay. Stevie shared a snippet of the duo on Instagram clearly having a great time right along with the rest of Adele’s fans supporting the 25 tour.
Adele will continue to astonish her fans in California this weekend and will be back at the Staple Center August 20-21, with stops at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, AZ, in between. Jamie Grace has been eating up the attention her Adele serenade has brought her. Let’s see what she does with it.
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