Dove Award winner, ordained pastor, widower, husband, father, preacher’s kid, tattooed rocker, worshipper.
Perhaps one of the things Jeremy Camp most successfully represents in his music and life is the complexity of those who follow Christ. Like his audiences, Jeremy refuses to be defined by labels, categories, or single events, even one as traumatic as the loss of his first wife to cancer within months of their marriage when he was just 23 years old.
Almost ten years later, Jeremy is 32, married to Adie (familiar to many for her work with the Christian band The Benjamin Gate), and the father of two little girls. In a fast-paced society insistent on reducing people to the 140 character limit of a tweet, the brevity of a Facebook status update, or the limited response that can be texted at a stop light, Camp pushes aside the assumption that he is constrained by one event while continuing to obey God’s desire to use it as a connection point.
At 30, with the release of his Speaking Louder Than Before project, Jeremy was quoted as saying, “It was my life, it was her life, and it was hard. But I still have people who come up to me every night who have lost someone, and God showed me that this is still part of His plan for me. It’s a chapter of my life He still wants me to share.”
With the release of his latest project, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, Jeremy is actually returning to his roots. “A lot of people don’t know that Carried Me was the first project I signed up to do; I was launching as a worship artist. But we ended up debuting with a studio album (Stay), because the content of those original songs related more directly to my personal testimony,” Jeremy explains in his official bio.
Jeremy is offering his audience some of the songs that quicken his spirit to worship, including We Cry Out, which many are saying is a triumphant blending of modern rock and worship, while hoping fans will welcome his version of Brenton Brown’s “Everlasting God” and Desperation Band’s “Overcome”. Fans of Jeremy’s songwriting will be more than satisfied with the two originals “King Jesus” and “Unrestrained” that bring the worship project to a close.
Few would be surprised to learn that even during the recording of the tracks, there were times of unexpected worship. Fans had an early indication of how extraordinary this project would be when technical difficulties silenced the audio of the live stream of some of the sessions. Instead of participants dropping off the stream in frustration, the numbers watching and apparently praying and worshiping just continued to climb.
A lot has changed over the past decade for Jeremy Camp. He has sold 3 million records and charted 19 No. 1 hits. He has moved with his family to Nashville, which has served as a catalyst for building relationships with other Christian artists. “There is a community of artists (in Nashville) who are making the effort. Jeremy and his wife do barbecues for artists and friends of theirs to have acoustic worship times. The crazy thing is the schedules,” explains Tricia Brock of the alternative pop/rock band Superchick. But the object of his worship and the clarity of the good News that drives his passion have remained the same, as is evidenced by words of the first radio single off the CD, “Jesus Saves”:
Free at last
Every debt has been repaid
Broken hearts can be remade