Exclusive: Jaime Jamgochian Opens Up About Painful Battle With Lyme Disease & Her Return To Music

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Returning to the spotlight with her first full-length album in nearly a decade, acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Jaime Jamgochian bowed All Things last month (Oct 2). A long-awaited collection, the album celebrates the healing Jamgochian received following a debilitating battle with Lyme disease. With eight original selections—seven of which were co-penned by Jamgochian—along with an acoustic worship medley and an acoustic hymn medley closing the project, All Things was produced by Big Daddy Weave’s Jeremy Redmon, We The Kingdom’s Andrew Berthgold, Antonio Porcheddu, Brenton Miles, Hawk Nelson’s Micah Kuiper, Tommy Iceland and Austin Cannon. The album also showcases songwriting contributions from some of the top writers in Christian music, including Mia Fieldes, Michael Farren, Citizen Way’s Ben Calhoun, and Benji Cowart, among others. Also highlighting All Things is the tender duet “Just The Way You Are” featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Danny Gokey. In a TCB Exclusive, Jamgochian opens up about her painful battle with Lyme disease, her return to music, and current influences.

Congratulations on the recent release of All Things! When did you first start dreaming of this project and how long did it take to execute your vision?
Thank you so much! I had honestly kind of given up on making new music and releasing another album—that’s probably not the answer you were expecting! While walking through a really rough health season struggling with Lyme disease, God put it on my heart to release some songs that had been written over the years and also during that time of suffering. The dream of it came when I could barely function, but I kept sensing the Lord saying, “I will work this for your good,” which is where the song “All Things For My Good” came from. I knew if I got on the other side of this trial, I would release an album again, so I called it ‘All Things’ because I have so seen God work ALL the THINGS for good.

Which was the last track added to the collection and how did it complete your vision?
The last tracks added are the two acoustic medleys—one features some of my favorite hymns and the other is a medley of my favorite worship songs. If you’ve ever seen me play live, you know I love to lead behind the keys with just an acoustic guitarist and a percussionist. It’s very stripped down and natural. As much as I love fully produced songs, I have always leaned towards the simple and acoustic. So, I thought it would be special to end the album this way. I got my guitar player and percussionist to come in and we captured these free-flowing moments. I hope it brings people peace.

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You pre-released “All Things For My Good” prior to the full album’s release. What has the reaction been to this track? Have there been any impact stories that especially touched your heart?
Yes, we thought it would be special to release this one first—and on my birthday, August 28! The song is inspired by Romans 8:28, which became the verse I clung to during that dark season of overcoming Lyme disease. I have heard from so many who have been in a tough place and have listened to this as a reminder that God is working and will continue to work their situations for good.
One story in particular is of a young girl battling chronic illness and pain. I remember all too well what having physical pain was like day in and day out for nine months. She shared how the song helps her get through another day, and that means so much to me. There were days I was not sure I would be able to take it anymore, so to know it is helping someone else on his or her healing journey is beautiful.

You collaborated with quite a number of artists to create this album (producers, co-writers, duet partner). How did these creative minds influence your finished product?
I love to co-write and think that is the gift of being in Nashville. We are better together, and I always want to work with people who will challenge me as a writer and maybe also have a bit of a different sound than I do. Having Danny Gokey sing on “Just The Way You Are” was a dream for sure.

This LP is your first new music in quite a number of years. Can you share a little of how those years prepared you for this release?
I think we are always all growing and evolving into who God created us to be. I pray I am wiser, stronger and carry more of His love today than I did when I released my last album. I think the journey of getting to this place is very reflective in all the songs.

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Who or what is currently serving as an inspiration to your sound and lyrics?
Being out in nature has helped me the most. I get the most creative ideas on walks or bike rides. I love to listen to older worship songs because of how pure and simple they are. Those are the ones that grab my heart the most and inspire me to write.

With all the changes brought on because of the COVID-19 pandemic, how have you been able to find connection and what can you share with those struggling with their faith during this season?
With 2018 and 2019 being so rough for me, 2020 is actually the first time I have felt good in several years. I know the world is really struggling and it has affected everyone, but it has been a season for me of feeling fully alive in a limited world right now. I think staying connected to God, family and friends is what has helped the most. Staying anchored to the Word of God instead of listening to all the news has really helped as well.

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