SEATTLE, WA...September 17, 2008...Four studio discs, one live album, 16 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards, three ASCAP Songwriter of the Year wins and an American Music Award nomination only scratch the surface of the accolades that follow the name Jeremy Camp. However, on the heels of his fifth studio release, Camp has set his prize on sharing his message loud and clear with fans come November 25, 2008 with the aptly titled release, Speaking Louder Than Before (BEC Recordings).
"At this point, I have a more clear-cut purpose and vision of what I'm meant to do. I'm more purposeful in what I'm sharing. I see the hurt, the lack of direction, in this new generation," the former youth leader says of the album directed squarely at youth. "I always had a passion for youth, but this album is really aimed at them."
Speaking Louder Than Before isn't so much about Camp turning up the volume as it is finding greater clarity in what God's called him to do. And while he continues to grow and mature as an artist and a man, it only makes sense that this rocker with a preacher's heart would use his platform to proclaim - louder than ever - the message he knows today's kids need to hear.
In addition to the record and with the idea of serving the younger generation, Camp has created commentaries that feature him in a video song-by-song for the whole album. These teaching supplements will be available whether a physical or digital CD is purchased. Camp also has a youth pastor email sign-up list on his site to start a network for sharing.
With a purpose in hand, The Camp clan was planning to settle down in Jeremy's home state of Indiana, build a home, plant and some roots. It seemed like the right time to take that next step. But as he was reading his Bible one day, Camp says he sensed God saying, "don't put your tent pegs in too deep here." Soon after, he felt directed to move his family to Nashville. Since relocating, he's found his place, encouraging other artists by sharing what he's learned.
Camp admits he's "the busiest I've ever been," balancing work and family life (wife Adrienne and daughters Isabella, nearly four, Arianne, two). It helps that the Camps have made a commitment not to be apart for more than a week at a time. "My priority is my family - the girls are at such a crucial age that I just want to pour into them even more - but I also know what I'm called to do. We tell the girls, 'Dad's going out and sharing Jesus with people.'"
Taking this project to heart, Camp began recording Speaking Louder Than Before in May 2008 with Grammy-winning producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Rich Mullins). Once in the studio, Camp recorded for five straight days, 12 hours each day, with some of Nashville's best session players backing him up and offering input that resulted in a larger sound than ever before. With its epic feel, haunting strings and plenty of ear candy, Louder goes far beyond any of Camp's previous projects, but the inspiration solidly remains the same.
The album's first multi-format single, "There Will Be A Day," has been # 1 most added at R&R's AC, CHR and Inspo formats. At AC Monitored, AC Indicator and CHR "There Will Be A Day" had the highest debut the week it entered the chart; at CHR and AC Monitored the song had the biggest spin increase on the chart and is already in rotation at nearly 70 reporting stations in just two weeks. See below what radio stations are already saying about this inspiring, melodic single, which will be available for download on iTunes beginning September 23rd.
"It is awesome...such richly brewed vocals. No kidding, no texture like that on the playlist right now. Production is sensational--I feel like I am in the studio observing the recording process."
Noonie Fugler- Music Director / KLFF/ K-Life San Luis Obispo
"Great song! Can you say #1 song of 2008?"
Mike Carrier. Music Director / Promotions 93.7 KAFC / 89.3 KATB Radio
"I think our listeners will love it! I got some very strong pre-test numbers from our Listener Advisory Panel last week. In fact, it's one of our highest pre-testing songs of the year!"
Dwayne Harrison / Program Director, New Life 91.9 WRCM Charlotte, NC
For more up-to-date information and daily blogs from Camp and his band, visit the newly launched website: www.jeremycamp.com . Also see below for the remaining fall dates for Jeremy Camp.
About the Speak Up, Speak Now, Speak Loud Campaign: "It's an agenda without an agenda. The Speak Up comes from Paul saying, 'I didn't come to you with persuasive words, the Holy Spirit did the work.' It's not about what you can do on your own power. God just wants us to spend time with Him and have a willing heart. Speak Now comes from the urgency of the scary times we live in. Lastly, Speak Loud challenges us to hear loud this declaration from out across the nations where people are crying out. It's not about volume, it's about the substance behind what we're saying."
About Jeremy Camp:
Since his debut BEC Recordings' project in 2002 (Stay), Jeremy Camp has made a definitive mark in the industry with his ability to compose hit songs and capture audiences of all ages selling more than two million records. Following his Gold-selling debut, Camp has released three additional studio projects (Carried Me: The Worship Project, Restored, and Beyond Measure), which have garnered a total of three RIAA Gold-Selling albums and an amazing 16 No. 1 radio hits under his belt. Honored with multiple Dove-nominations and five awards, a 2007 American Music Award nomination, and from the ASCAP Christian Music Awards three-time "Songwriter of the Year" (2008, 2006, 2005) winner including "Song of the Year" (2006). Camp continues to reach the masses with his music. Radio remains a strong supporter of Camp's music as his recent project Beyond Measure produced six back-to-back No. 1 hits, "Tonight" (CHR), "What It Means" "Let It Fade" and "Give You Glory," which was named the No. 2 AC Song of the Year on the R&R charts. In 2007, Camp was also voted Best Male Artist in the ChristianMusicToday.com Reader's Poll as well as named the No. 2 Artist of the Year on the R&R charts in addition to his first American Music Award nominee for Favorite Inspirational Artist. Camp has graced the covers and pages of Pollstar, R&R and CCM with each recording.
Jeremy Camp Fall 2008 Dates: (all subject to change)
9.20.08 Valencia, CA
9.28.08 Hattiesburg, MS
10.03.08 Philadelphia, PA
10.04.08 Hoffman Estates, IL
10.10.08 Perris, CA
10.11.08 St. Louis, MO
10.17.08 Columbia, SC
10.25.08 Hamilton, ON Canada
11.01.08 Cleveland, OH
11.07.08 Lindale, TX
11.14.08 Fayetteville, AR
11.15.08 Tulsa, OK
11.18.08 Johnson City, TN
11.22.08 Phoenix, AZ
12.28.08 Sevierville, TN
12.29.08 Sevierville, TN
12.31.08 Lynchburg, VA
On March 21st there will be a very limited release of the Restored Album featuring 4 never-released songs.
Jeremy will be taking off on a short acoustic live unplugged tour starting March 2nd in Sioux Falls, SD and ending March 19th in Dodge City, KS.
Bethany Dillon will be opening up for this tour. Catch it if you can!