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August 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Jeremy Camp: I was overcome recording new album

Christian rocker Jeremy Camp

While recording the bridge of the song "Overcome" on his new album, Christian music singer Jeremy Camp says he was literally overcome.  

He had to stop when he got to these words:  

We will overcome
By the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony
Everyone overcome
  

Camp said he was overcome by what he said was God's presence in the studio. In the booth, he could see his producer and his father with hands raised.  

"I just started breaking down," he said by phone recently. "I couldn't sing any more, and we were all just like, 'Did you feel that?'"  

"I started really thinking about what I was singing, and thinking of scripture. ... And I was just like, man, this is a God that we serve. We will, through him, by what he's done, and through his blood, overcome."  

He said that what you hear on the new CD, "We Cry Out," (BEC Recordings) is largely that take, and that he had to return later to record the chorus.  

During concerts, Camp still takes the time to speak to the audience. He recently did a show after Colorado Rockies game in which many of the 30,000 fans stayed to hear him play.  

He told the crowd, "We're in this together. Let's walk this together encouraged by what Christ has done."  

The new album, his second worship CD, was released last week. The songs are a mix of originals and well-known praise songs that spoke to him, he said, including "Overcome."

He took the opportunity to play with his road band, something he has not done on a studio album before. It gave the songs more of a spontaneous feel. When he struggled with a song, having the group together brought more ideas into the creative process. 

Camp worked with several co-writers on the originals, including Jon Egan, who helped pen "Not Ashamed." (Egan also wrote "Overcome.")  

That song is one that stands out among critics, not all of whom loved the album, though his previous effort, "Speaking Louder Than Before," was nominated for a Grammy.  

Jesus freak Hideout gives "We Cry Out" just 2 and half stars out of 5, saying it is "nothing more than a generic, canned 'worship project' that will serve as filler until his next full-length album releases" and calling "Not Ashamed" the "lone highlight."  

Other reviews are kinder. GMClife says: "Kudos to Camp for not making a “filler” project, but rather recording an album of authentic substance that is a nice addition to his already impressive discography."  

If you're a die-hard Camp fan, you'll probably enjoy the CD.  

Camp says that the chance to work with songwriters like Reuben Morgan, Matt Maher, Brenton Brown, Egan and brother-in-law Brad Peens showed him that sometimes it is better to not be introspective.  

"Sometimes the simplicity of just declaring who God is and the greatness of who He is ... sometimes you just have to say it. That's exactly what it is," Camp said.  

Camp also said that he feels God's presence in his music. He told the story of how a friend once said to him, "Jeremy, all your songs I love, but there are certain songs where I just go, 'That was all God.'"  

Camp says that the songs that are all him are usually scratched from a record because he can tell it was him trying to write a song just to write a song.  

"I feel like the ones on the record are ones that He inspired me to write," Camp said.  

He said going back to his worship roots has refreshed him. He calls the past few years a "growth spurt" in his spiritual journey and says he feels more excited about music than at any point in his decade-long career.  

"I've had people ask me 'Why didn't you maybe try to go and push more the mainstream thing than doing this, why didn't you try something new?' But I really felt like the Lord led my heart to do a worship album," he said. "I listen to the record and I think, yeah, these are the songs that God laid on my heart, and I really felt like I worshiped while I was singing."

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Monson

    @Believer,

    Well, well said. There are a couple of verses in the book of Romans that talks about what you said too. Speaking about how people don't have an excuse to not knowing God simply because he's all around us. Whether people to choose to see it as it is or not. The awesome power of God can be seen in the mountains, oceans, clean air to breathe, relationships. 100% agree with you Believer. Stay strong.

    Monson

    August 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
    • NL

      This was before science, right? So, without any other alternative to seeing gods behind things like rainbows, lightening and meteorites you really would have no excuse. Luckily, now we do have provable explanations to replace the old superstition so there is a valid reason for not believing in gods.

      August 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • bob

      Monson – I was just thinking about Romans 1 as well. I often wonder why those who hate Christ and hate God do so. Bad experiences with bad believers perhaps; a lack of faith; a desire to justify their selfish ways. . . I dunno. In any event, the posts I read here are a sad example on what's happened to society as a whole. We've become a culture of paranoia; where bad is good and good is bad. Hatred, ignorance and debauchery abound. Sounds just like Sodom and Gomorrah. Stand for Christ – while you still can. Don't take my word – take His word.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  2. sweety pie

    Its OK, My dear husband thinks he is blessed because he is a member of the New-Catechomunats – Personally I think he lost his mind !!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Monson

      You said," Speaking about how people don't have an excuse to not knowing God simply because he's all around us. Whether people to choose to see it as it is or not. The awesome power of God can be seen in the mountains, oceans, clean air to breathe, relationships. 100% agree with you Believer. Stay strong"

      How do you know it's the Christian god you see all around you? The Muslim's believe they see Allah all around them. How do you know you are right and they are wrong?

      Can the awesome power of god also be seen in a blood filled tick? How about a tumor on a child's brain? A 3 foot tapeworm? A house that collapsed in an earthquake, killing an entire family? What about an awesome god who created creatures that survive by killing and eating other animals?
      Can you see awesome god in the nasty things?

      August 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. NL

    What else is he going to say? "We recorded the song, but didn't really feel anything particularly special"? Yeah, that'll inspire the fans! It'd be like Lady Gaga telling Rolling Stone that she really gets this incredible urge after singing her songs to clip coupons in her PJs while watching soaps.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Yep, see my comment to bmr.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  4. David Johnson

    I have a new song out to. It's called, "Jesus Touched Me, and Now I Ain't Innocent"

    I'm hoping It will do well.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Oirud

    I REFUSE to be ruled by the feckless fearful "faithtul."

    August 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  6. bmr

    I can't believe I used to be a part of all that nonsense. I feel sorry for people like Jeremy Camp.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @bmr

      Don't feel sorry for him. Tons of fundies will buy his music, because they to want to be touched by Jesus.

      August 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • Believer

      Hey bmr, can I ask why the change of mind? I'm just curious, wondering what you replaced your former belief with?

      August 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  7. Kate

    OK, call me a philistine but ... who?

    August 30, 2010 at 11:07 am |
    • wat

      Oh don't worry, it's just another nobody who says god touched them. Like those random people who they they found jesus on their door or their toilet seat or their potato chip and call it divine, just regular doofs who get into the news over nothing.

      August 30, 2010 at 11:10 am |
    • Reality

      Wat,

      Great comment!!

      August 30, 2010 at 11:49 am |
    • Kate

      @wat

      You trying to put Golden Palace out of business? 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  8. Believer

    Sir Craig – heheh...He is always close. And He is the bringer of the awesomeness you feel with your wife. It's His gift to you. Isn't He GREAT!? 😉

    It's His heart's desire to be close to you, but He will not force the relationship. That said, He is very, very hard not to love. Because He's a (THE) great Father. And He loves us first. And He continues to love us even we don't respond to Him.

    August 30, 2010 at 11:06 am |
    • lolwut

      You best be trollin'. He didn't do anything. He can't make or break a relationship. If he really has all this hurrdurr power over us puppets, then it's MORE than easy to not love him back. I am who I am, we are all who we are, god doesn't have any say in anything because oh wait that's right he doesn't exist.

      You guys and your floaty inviso-master. Always clinging onto a fatherly figure to 'guide you' instead of taking control of yourself.

      August 30, 2010 at 11:09 am |
    • David Johnson

      How do you know He exists?

      August 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
    • NL

      Yeah, most of the creepier stalkers out there probably feel the same way, and continue to love us even when we don't respond to them. It may be their heart's desire to be close to us, and they may not force the relationship, but I'd still feel better with a restraining order, a good security system and maybe something more persuasive around, just in case.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • Believer

      He is the designer on man's bond to woman. He knows what it is in its perfection, and is quite aware that perfection doesn't come if we don't allow Him into the relationship. He can make your relationship, but you can break it.

      As far as puppeteering, He doesn't play that game at all. Look at the state of this world...and every nation and people in it...and you will clearly see the fruit of man's pride and his absolute best effort and "making things right". Satisfied with that? Still holding out for something better? Left in our own hands, it will not come. We've had millenia to get it right, and only ONE MAN ever did. And He did it with your name on His lips. Foreknown, eternally loved. You.

      In your heart, you know He exists as well as I do. I understand the deep human desire to explain Him away and come to some intellectual balance based on western logic – but as you continue to search (in science, philosophy, history, technology) you will continue to see Him smiling back at you. He designed the world for us to keep and to discover – and all Creation testifies to His existence. Scientists are pretty much agreed on the Big Bang now...COOL! But...whose fireworks were they? Western Aristotelean logic dictates that you cannot rely upon an uncaused cause – so the same logic that you would use to deny Him also denies the basis of your logical proposition for the existence of EVERYTHING. And that's just the bang...there is a superior intelligence of the design of the universe. It is very hard to refute that fact without looking like someone that throws dice to determine everything in his/her life. Randomness doesn't exist. Mathematicians and Theologians agree.

      All of which is way too much talk. There is TRUTH and it is not a belief; it is a Person. Jesus is that person, and the more you read of Him, the more you will know His great love. And you will see....He is very difficult not to love.

      August 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • NL

      You said "In your heart, you know He exists as well as I do."

      Ask yourself, if this were true, wouldn't we see millions of people worldwide just spontaneously realizing Jesus was God without the benefit of missionaries? Shouldn't there have already been believers in the Americas before the Europeans came? Shouldn't missionaries be finding people even in the remotest tribes that already share this belief that is so obvious?Come on, if everyone simply KNOWS he exists why the need to teach it to kids and other non-Christians? Shouldn't they just realize it some day all by themselves?

      August 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • NL

      What is God, but an uncaused cause?

      August 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Believer

      You said, "He is the designer on man's bond to woman. He knows what it is in its perfection, and is quite aware that perfection doesn't come if we don't allow Him into the relationship. He can make your relationship, but you can break it. "

      Wikipedia: George Barna Survey:
      Divorce rate amongst born-again Christians is significantly higher than that for atheist/agnostics. A more recent 2008 Barna report shows a closer divorce rate gap between born-again Christians (32% had been divorced) and atheist/agnostics (30% had been divorced)

      So, the divorce is about the same.

      You said, "As far as puppeteering, He doesn't play that game at all. Look at the state of this world...and every nation and people in it...and you will clearly see the fruit of man's pride and his absolute best effort and "making things right".

      The world looks like it would look, if there were no god. Or, If there were no god, how would the world look different, from the way it does now?

      You said, "We've had millenia to get it right, and only ONE MAN ever did."

      The only proof you have of Jesus, is the New Testament. There are no eyewitness accounts of Jesus. The New Testament was written to "prove" Jesus was the Messiah and to establish the Christian religion.
      Jesus predicted his own return, before the end of the 1st century. He didn't show up. People in each generation, for the last 2000 years have believed they would not die before Christ's return.

      You said, "In your heart, you know He exists as well as I do."

      Actually there are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and followers of Judaism who do not know Jesus exists in their heart. They either believe Jesus was a prophet or they don't believe at all. They have their religious texts and that special feeling in their hearts, just like you. There are tribes in rain forests, who have had very little, if any, contact with the outside world. They worship nature. Not one tribe has been found whistling "Jesus Loves Me". LOL

      You said, "I understand the deep human desire to explain Him away and come to some intellectual balance based on western logic – but as you continue to search (in science, philosophy, history, technology) you will continue to see Him smiling back at you."

      We used to give credit to god for anything man could not understand. That and fear of death was why we created the gods, of which there have been many. Man likes to create gods. But they aren't predisposed to the god of Abraham or Jesus.
      So, man used god to fill the gaps in his knowledge. Why does it rain? God makes it rain. Why does the mountain rumble? God is angry. But as science progresses, there are fewer gaps for god to fill. One day, I think god will be out of work. There is no proof that god is smiling back at us.

      You said, "He designed the world for us to keep and to discover – and all Creation testifies to His existence."

      There are tons of arguments against the design argument. It is garbage.
      Follow this link to read them:
      http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=33&ved=0CB0QFjACOB4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fplato.stanford.edu%2Fentries%2Fteleological-arguments%2F&ei=tTx8TNL2AougsQOU7qCDBw&usg=AFQjCNEgo7TnblnHcD2v-BO_pIB7BxNadQ

      You said," Scientists are pretty much agreed on the Big Bang now...COOL! But...whose fireworks were they?"

      While it is true, science does not know what created the material of the singularity, at this time, there is nothing to suggest god had anything to do with the Big Bang or the formation of the universe. This explanation of how the universe started is not a belief and has no need for faith. It is not conclusive and remains open to correction or even rejection. If the Theory is correct, only gravity and inertia would be necessary to form the entire universe. No god required.

      You said, "And that's just the bang...there is a superior intelligence of the design of the universe. It is very hard to refute that fact without looking like someone that throws dice to determine everything in his/her life

      Not so, amigo. Go to the website I have left a link to above. The design argument is bogus. And you have already used it.

      You said, "Randomness doesn't exist. Mathematicians and Theologians agree."

      No they don't agree. Ever heard of statistics? Random events? , random samples?

      What about those dice you talk of? Are those not random?

      Are you saying everything is predestined?

      The Big Bang may be followed by the Big Crunch, if there is enough material in the universe. All the material will again come together to form the singularity. Then it could explode once again. Has it done this before? Has it done this a billion times before, Each time creating a new, different universe? No god required.

      You said, "There is TRUTH and it is not a belief; it is a Person. Jesus is that person, and the more you read of Him, the more you will know His great love. And you will see....He is very difficult not to love"

      Again, you have no proof for Jesus outside of the bible. No eyewitness accounts. The only place you can read about Jesus, is in the bible. All you have is a bible that contains errors, and a feeling in your heart. Pretty slim I'd say.

      Besides the four other major religions, Christianity has over 1000 different denominations. Each of these denominations can show you scripture, why their god is the one true god. Some of these, believe only their members will be saved. Did you choose right?
      The Muslims love their god. They think Christians are infidels. They think Christans are going to hell.
      You best be careful, brother. You could find yourself at a very large barbecue some day. LOL!

      You said, "All of which is way too much talk"

      I agree, for all your words you gave no proof of your god, that could not be refuted easily. Cheers!

      August 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  9. Sir Craig

    So when I make love to my wife and I become overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of it all, does that mean "god" decided to plop down and watch? Sorry, but I don't need that kind of imagery.

    And what is it about blood with you people? Christianity is one giant Halloween horror story, complete with Jewish zombies, cannibalism, and vampirism.

    Hysterics is not proof of an almighty, but it may be a sign your meds need to be upped.

    August 30, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • SkegeAce

      Sir Craig: God sees everything. And a man making love to his wife in holy matrimony is nothing to be ashamed of. It's beautiful! The Lord designed us that way. Enjoy, in the sight of God!

      As for zombies I'm not sure what you were reading, but I don't remember those in the Word! Oh and cannibalism is mentioned in the Bible, but it's definitely not condoned in it. 🙂

      August 30, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • David Johnson

      Well said, Sir Craig. Well said!

      August 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Monty

      I couldn't agree with you more Ace and you guys can't be more wrong when you have sex with your wife in holy matramony it is the most beautiful thing and believe it or not but God is the one that created sex. It is so awesome to hear Jeremy Camp talk about this experience for him and that the past few months have been a grow spirt in his spiritual journey with God. I just bought the cd and can't wait for it to get here to listen to it. I love listening to Jeremy camp and chris tomlin and casting crowns and other people like them because they sing awesome sounding songs with great lyrics and you don't have to worry about little kids hearing swear words or anything.

      August 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  10. wat

    Yeah, sometimes when I sing I feel ghosts touching and rubbing up on me too. Ghosts just do that.

    August 30, 2010 at 10:24 am |
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