What do you do when you’ve been given a gift? When you’ve been given a passion? What happens when both are yours by the time you’re 13 years old? I recently had the chance to call Gracie and talk to her about what it took to get where she is now and to take a peek into her life. For Gracie Schram it was a matter of believing God, support from her parents, and believing in herself, and now she has a CD and has raised enough money to build – Wait! Let me stop right here. After all, this is Gracie’s story to tell!
It was my first time in “big-church” and my pastor had just come back from a mission trip. He showed videos of kids that had nothing and that were basically raising each other, but they were still happy. I felt a sort of connection and like God was calling me to help them. I knew I had to do something. So far, over $20,000 has been raised! We have built two fish ponds in Africa and teamed up with the Global Orphan Project to build an orphan home in Haiti where twelve boys now live.
Unfortunately I haven’t been to either Africa or Haiti, but plans are coming underway for me to go.
Even though I haven’t had the chance to go to either of these places, I have performed nationally. Last summer there was a concert at Purdue University with about 4,000 attendees. It was the best and my favorite place to perform. so far! I’ve also had the chance to meet Chasen and Zach Hunter. That was pretty awesome.
Before a concert, I pray with my mom. God gives me an amazing peace before each performance. I also practice lots so that always helps me feel prepared. As strange as this might sound, I don’t get nervous!
As for my fans, I appreciate them so much. It’s great to have people 100% behind you. I’ve had people take the time to email me and tell me how much my CD was a blessing for them or that they were healed when my CD was playing.
It sounds like you are having the time of your life right now! If you don’t mind, I want to back track a little bit and give our readers a chance to get to know you and learn some of the history of your music career.
I have one brother, one sister, and two very supportive parents. This isn’t just my project, but it’s our family mission project. I have been writing songs since I was 7 years old and my first CD came out when I was 10. It’s a God given thing. I’ve also been taking voice lessons for 5 years. I also believe that if I keep singing, it will lead to a bigger platform to raise more money to help even more kids. Not only that though, it’s a way to express who I am.
-By Lily Garay
Photos by Becky Alfred
This article was originally published in the May/June 2012 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. If you would like to read more articles like this, you can get a yearlong subscription (4 issues) for free! Click on the “Subscribe to G4C Magazine.”