Life is happening at warp speed for contemporary Christian musician Jeremy Camp. Not only is the singer-songwriter out on tour, but he and his family have moved to a new house in the Franklin, Tenn., area, just had family in town from South Africa, and he is recording a new album. Camp and Natalie Grant are in Springfield on Friday for a concert.
Life is happening at warp speed for contemporary Christian musician Jeremy Camp.
Not only is the singer-songwriter out on tour, but he and his family have moved to a new house in the Franklin, Tenn., area, just had family in town from South Africa, and he is recording a new album.
“Oh yeah, and I’m a husband and full-time daddy too. ... I love my girls so much,” Camp wrote in a recent e-mail.
Camp (“Stay,” “Speaking Louder Than Before”) performs Friday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The concert also features Natalie Grant.
The son of a pastor, Camp came into prominence in 2003 upon the release of his second album “Stay.” Each of his four subsequent studio albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. Camp’s hit singles include “Take You Back” and “There Will Be A Day,” and he has received several Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. Camp also was up for a Grammy Award last month for his album “Speaking Louder Than Before” (Israel Houghton’s “The Power Of One” won the prize).
All of the accolades, however, do not add up to a pot of beans for Camp. He says he measures his success simply by how he is doing with Jesus Christ.
“If he and I are good, and I’m serving my family and preaching the gospel at my concerts ... then I am a success, but only with God’s help,” Camp said. “Regardless of the sales or stats ... if I’m serving and loving others, and telling people about the only hope there is, that is success.”
Camp will be telling people about this hope on the road for his unplugged tour this spring soon after stopping in Springfield.
Camp says the tour excites him because his daughters will be traveling with him, and his wife, Adie, will be playing music from her new album that will be released March 9.
“What better way to promote and tour than to do it together,” Camp said. “The girls will get their home-schooling on the road, and we’ll all get to travel together, which will be such a huge blessing.”
Camp said his last album, 2008’s “Speaking Louder Than Before,” came out of his sincere desire to see the truth of God “spoken louder” — not in terms of volume or in the things we say, but more in taking the time to speak the truth in love and serving others with the deep love of Christ.
“Sometimes that means closing our mouths and just listening to the pain of others, sometimes it means serving others out of deep depression, or sometimes it means just loving someone with the love of Christ and living out life with them,” he said.
Camp’s next album, however, will be a worship album he is working on with Brown Bannister, a producer who has worked with some of contemporary Christian music’s biggest names (Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman).
The album itself is going to be high-energy and straight from his heart and has been shaping up “incredibly well.”
“All the guys in my band played on it, and of course working with Brown is simply incredible. He’s a producer, mentor, dad, teacher, preacher and all around great guy,” Camp said.
Camp’s music has changed a lot since “Stay” and “Carried Me: The Worship Project” and even compared to “Speaking Louder Than Before.”
That’s partly because he feels he has become better at the craft of making music. At the same time, Camp says he does not feel like his message has changed, for the message itself is just the root of who Jeremy Camp really is.
“They say, ‘Music makes you feel, and words make you think, and music with words makes you feel the thought,’” he said. “I hope I’m continuing to do that, with God’s help, in a powerful way for myself and others.”
With everything — a family, a career, awards — he still feels like he has just begun.
“I don’t feel jaded or beat down at all. I feel energized and strong to move in the future. That confidence is solely in God and just knowing him,” Camp said. “I feel like he’s got crazy plans for me and my family even still, and I can’t wait.”
As long as you’re here
If the Gospel Music Association presents you with four consecutive Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, you’re probably planning to attend the 2010 ceremony anyway.
So it’s just as well that Natalie Grant, who performs Friday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, will be one of the co-hosts (with MercyMe’s Bart Millard) at the ceremony April 10 in Nashville, Tenn.
Grant, whose contemporary Christian music hits include “Held” and “Live For Today,” has won Female Vocalist of the Year each year since 2006. That four-year streak is the second longest in the history of the award. Sandi Patti won 11 in a row (1982-1992).
JEREMY CAMP VIDEOS
"Take You Back"
"Healing Hand of God"
"Speaking Louder Than Before"
NATALIE GRANT VIDEOS
"No Sign of It"
"The Real Me"
"Live For Today"