Christian Artist Jamie Grace Announces AMERICAN IDOL Audition
By Movieguide® Staff
If fans were not already excited for the start of Season 4 of ABC’s reboot of AMERICAN IDOL, singers have begun to announce their auditions to build even more hype around the first episode.
One contestant to be excited about is Christian artist Jamie Grace Collins. Collins, 29, is already established as an independent musician and singer but announced her participation in the singing competition show on her Instagram.
“I auditioned for American Idol!” Collins wrote.
“I had a few hits in CCM/Gospel music something like 10 years ago and many of y’all are still here to this day! 😭🖤 I’m now an indie artist producing my own music and i went on my favorite show to see what’s next 😉,” Collins continued, adding, “Tune in this month on ABC to see if i get a golden ticket on @AmericanIdol ✨ #AmericanIdol ✨”
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter also hosts the Jamie Grace Podcast and published a book called “Finding Quiet.”
Grace started her music career while at college, writing songs in her dorm room at Point University. Eventually, she received Grammy and Dove nominations for her debut album “One Song at a Time” in 2011.
“The entire concept of [the song] ‘Ready To Fly’ is being ready even when you don’t know your future,” Collins told News Release Today. “I wrote the title track the night before I turned 18. I was crying out, wondering what God’s plan for me was. I started to doubt so many things but as I randomly began singing the lyrics to ‘Ready to Fly,’ I realized I don’t have to have my whole life figured out to start my journey.”
Collins is also candid about her struggle after being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
“It took our lives for a spin,” Collins told Christianity Today. “I learned early on that Tourette’s is not life-threatening, but it is life-altering.”
Despite her hardships, Collins finds her joy in God and in the music she creates.
“I have anxiety, Tourette, OCD and ADHD. Almost everything I create is through the lens of finding joy, even when it seems impossible to find,” Grace wrote on her website.
In 2018, Grace married her husband, Aaron Collins, and in 2019 the couple welcomed their first daughter, Isabella Brave Harper Collins.
Don’t miss the first episode of Season 4 of AMERICAN IDOL, which premieres on Feb. 14 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.