“Dear Taylor Swift” A Heartfelt Letter From Jamie Grace

Dear Taylor Swift A Heartfelt Letter From Jamie Grace

Earlier this month, news emerged that Taylor Swift’s mom was diagnosed with cancer. In response to this, Christian singer/songwriter Jamie Grace wrote a letter of encouragement to Swift sharing her own experiences of being in the limelight and dealing with having a mom who is battling with health issues. Jamie’s letter can be read below:

Dear Taylor Swift.

They call it a game face.

It’s the face we choose to make when we get to an autograph line. Little girls are lined up with posters and guitars with our names on them, anxious to tell us about their upcoming talent show. We’re walking with our security and our team hurting and broken about the pain inside but the second we turn that corner, we have to put our lives on hold for the sake of the lives in the crowd. We’re not being fake… not lying about what’s going on… merely doing what we have to do to be who we’re called to be.

Like you, I “came out of nowhere” (in the music industry) as many blogs and reviewers have said. Though I’ve been singing my whole life and playing (semi… haha) payed gigs since high school, I didn’t get a record deal until I was around 18. I was signed to (a label I love called) Gotee Records under TobyMac and my first single was nominated for a Grammy and Billboard award. At Christian Music’s biggest award show, The Dove Awards, I took home the award for New Artist of the Year and was nominated for a few others. I don’t tell you this to pop my collar but incase you don’t know who I am, I figured that information may provide context :)

I am now 23 and during my journey as an artist I’ve played morning shows, sold out arenas, churches… alongside some of my favorite artists and having the chance to headline as well. Random fact – Banjo Ben who toured with you? I met him at your show with Rascal Flatts over 5 years ago and he played on my new record. Thanks for the indirect intro ;)

Also during my journey, my mom got sick.

I want to clarify first of all that my mom’s condition is not fatal and does not face a large amount of similarities to cancer. I never want to come across as comparing my struggles to anyone else’s nor imply that I understand something that I do not.

Even so, my mom got sick. And still is.

My CD release was the day of her surgery that we waited for months to schedule. I’ve had nights on stage while she was at the ER and we didn’t have answers. Sweet friends and fans have asked, “how’s your mom?” when I truly don’t know how to respond. It’s not been an easy road.

She has a rare, incurable nerve condition that has affected her life in more ways than I can imagine. She is blessed to still work as mine and my sister’s managers and serve in ministry alongside my father but faces many physical challenges.

I have spent many nights crying, screaming, praying and begging God to “fix it”… Many of these nights are spent at home but many of them on tour. In a bunk on a tour bus. In the bathroom of a shared dressing room. At front of house when everyone thinks I’m merely checking for a good mix. Minutes before, after and sometimes during a game face… I’m fighting the battles of a pain too great to comprehend.

Taylor, I’ve not yet met you.

I’ve seen you live in concert once but we don’t run in the same circles or have many mutual friends… “22” was my ringer for all of last year (obviously…) but I honestly don’t know your birthday or have your poster on my wall. (I do have Reba’s up though… classy lady, yeah?) Occasionally I’ve used your songs, and other love songs, in my live shows (cause you’re a great writer…) as a metaphor of God’s love being great!, God being the first to say, “you belong with me,” and have said that too many sad love songs can cause a girl like me to mad at her guy – even though I’m single, ha;) But even though we have many differences and haven’t crossed paths I felt compelled to write this to you.

Even if you never see it! It may hit the heart of a girl facing 6th grade whose heart is heavy because her home is broken. It may reach the email inbox of the college student tempted to drop out because he feels like everything he’s fighting – he’s fighting alone. A wife may stumble across this post minutes before she goes to another church service pretending like everything is okay.

I dunno who’s gonna read this.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve debated writing this!**

But I can tell you this.

To anyone feeling hurt or frustrated or confused or upset or alone or “simply” annoyed by the struggles we face in this life – you’re not alone.

We all have to put on a game face and it’s not close to fair but know that you’re never alone. Someone out there has a game face as strong as yours and when we can open up and be real with each other… when we can love on each other and welcome each other into our lives… when we can hold each other when we’re crying, those game faces will start to fade and our realness will start to change each other’s lives.

[Read this in full on I’m A Fighter]

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