You know Jamie Grace, but you might not know her older sister, Morgan Harper Nichols, a Christian songwriter and performer in her own right.
Morgan, 21 months older than her Dove Award winning sibling, has just released her self-titled debut album, which includes her previously released single, “Storyteller,” on TobyMac’s Gotee Records label. It is available on iTunes.
“‘Storyteller’ really sets the tone for being faithful over what God has given you,” she said in an interview. “Everything is for a reason, and we have to be faithful to Him because He’s faithful to us.”
The sisters will be traveling this summer with the “Fighters + Storytellers Tour,” which stops in Dothan on Sunday, June 21.
Both Morgan and Jamie Grace appear in the video for “Storyteller,” which Morgan wrote.
The song goes:
“You brought the pieces together
Made me this storyteller.
Now I know it is well, it is well
That’s the story I’ll tell.”
Morgan, 25, says she has been writing songs since age 15. “Even before I started singing and playing guitar, I loved to write,” she said. “That’s obviously my favorite part and how I’ve gotten into music.”
TobyMac tells it this way: “Just when you think Morgan’s songwriting gift overshadows her gifting as a singer and musician, she spins your head. She is THE triple threat! A deep well of soul-stirring lyrics as well as vocal and musical chops that will stop you in your tracks.”
TobyMac discovered Jamie Grace on YouTube in 2011 when she was 19. Her “Hold Me” (featuring TobyMac) landed her a Grammy nomination in 2012, and that same year, she was nominated for a Billboard Award and four Dove Awards. She won the Dove for New Artist of the Year. Her album “Ready To Fly” was released in 2014, and the single “Beautiful Day” made it to the Top 10 of Contemporary Christian and Gospel radio charts.
The family resemblance is evident for the two Harper sisters who grew up near Atlanta, the daughters of pastor parents. As kids, they listened exclusively to Christian music. And both chose that genre, though their styles are different.
“I’m more likely to be in a hot pink dress and cowboy boots,” explains Jamie Grace. “Morgan has this cool rootsy organic sound. If it was on Pinterest, it’d be a hipster wedding.”
Morgan is married to tour manager Patrick Nichols, while Jamie Grace is single – a theme she weaves into her music. Jamie Grace is also outspoken about her struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome, for which she was diagnosed at age 11.
Morgan Harper Nichols and Jamie Grace appear in this music video to “Storyteller,” Morgan’s single, released recently.