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Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp performing in June 2006
Background information
Birth name Jeremy Thomas Camp
Born January 12, 1978 (1978-01-12) (age 32)
Origin Lafayette, Indiana
Genres Contemporary Christian
Christian rock
Occupations Musician, minister
Years active 2000–present
Labels BEC Recordings

Jeremy Thomas Camp[1] (born January 12, 1978) is a contemporary Christian musician from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released seven albums, three of them RIAA-certified as Gold and two are live albums, and 17 number-one hit songs.[2] His original music is a mixture of ballads and rock.

Camp is also an ordained minister.[3]


Early life

Jeremy Camp was born on January 12, 1978 in Lafayette, Indiana.[4] His father Tom is the pastor at Harvest Chapel, a Calvary Chapel church in Lafayette, and taught his son how to play guitar. After completing high school, Camp attended a bible college in Southern California for two years. He also has two brothers and a sister.

Musical career

Camp has scored fourteen #1 Christian music hits (six from his first album, Stay). His first single was "Understand". He has made eight music videos: "Understand", "Walk By Faith", "Take You Back", "Tonight" "Give You Glory", "Let It Fade", "I Am Willing",a song which was not included on any of his albums and "Speaking Louder Than Before". He has also released a DVD (In24) which chronicles a regular day on tour. Live Unplugged from Franklin, TN also includes a DVD of the concert, which was recorded for the live album. He also has scored a musical number "This Man" and his video can be seen on YouTube. This video was made with clips from the movie The Passion of the Christ.


Jeremy scored Christian music top spots for "Take You Back" and "Lay Down My Pride". He also was voted the Best Male Artist in the 2005 Reader’s Choice Music Awards in the Christianity Today magazine.[5] Camp was also ASCAP 2005 Songwriter of the Year and won the Dove Award for the Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year. In 2005 he recorded the song "Open Up Your Eyes" for the compilation release Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a September 2005 album which contained original songs written by various Christian artists for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Camp closed the year with both Stay and Carried Me: the Worship Project being RIAA-certified as Gold.[5]


Jeremy earned the top honors at the Twenty-Eighth Annual ASCAP Music Awards, winning the Songwriter Of The Year award ("Take You Back" and "This Man"). "Take You Back" also earned him the Song Of The Year award. Jeremy won two 2006 CCM Reader's Choice Awards, for Favorite Artist and Favorite Male Artist. Jeremy took part in winning the Dove award for Special Event Album Of The Year, which went to Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He released a special edition of his hit album, Restored. Four new songs were included on Restored: The Deluxe Gold Edition as well as a letter to his fans.

Jeremy went back into the studio to record Beyond Measure in the spring. The album was released on October 31, 2006. Camp is also credited as producer for his wife's album titled Don't Wait, which was released in September, 2006.


"Tonight", the first single from the album Beyond Measure, was released in mid-August, and eventually hit #1 on Christian contemporary hit radio. It was the 11th most played single on HR stations in 2007.[6] The second single, "What It Means," was also a #1 hit on Jewish AJ radio. "Give Me Jesus," the third single off "Beyond Measure," made it into the top 5 on Inspirational radio. The fourth single, "Give You Glory," debuted on Jewish AJ radio at #16. His song "Let it Fade" was the seventh most played song on HR radio in 2007. That year he also released a two disc (CD and DVD) for his concert tour "Live Unplugged" recorded in Franklin, Tennessee[6]


His song "No Matter What" was the 4th most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008.[7] He also came out with his new studio album Speaking Louder Than Before, containing the hit lead single There Will Be a Day. On November 17, 2009, Jeremy Camp released another live album, entitled Jeremy Camp Live. This album featured songs from all albums to date. His Speaking Louder Than Before album was nominated for a Grammy, his first ever Grammy nomination.


In January 2010, Jeremy Camp announced he was working on a new worship album with Brown Bannister.

Personal life

Camp has been married twice. He and his first wife, Melissa Lynn Henning-Camp (born October 7, 1979), were married on October 21, 2000.[8] She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on February 5, 2001, when he was 23 and she was 21.[8] Some of his early songs reflect the emotional ordeal of her illness. "I Still Believe" was the first song he wrote after her death. "Walk By Faith" was written during their honeymoon.[9] In December of 2003, he married Adrienne Liesching, former frontwoman for The Benjamin Gate. They have two daughters: Isabella Rose Camp (born September 25, 2004) and Arianne Mae Camp (born April 5, 2006).[citation needed]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
2002 Stay 10 13 2
  • RCIA: Gold
  • US sales: n/a
2004 Carried Me: The Worship Project 102 2
  • RCIA: Gold
  • US sales: n/a
Restored 45 17 1
  • RCIA: Gold
  • US Sales: n/a
2006 Beyond Measure 29 12 1
  • RCIA: n/a
  • US sales: 31,000
2008 Speaking Louder Than Before 38 11 1
  • RCIA: n/a
  • US sales: 32,700
"—" denotes the album didn't chart.

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US Top
2005 Live Unplugged 111 7
  • RCIA: 2x Platinum
  • US sales: n/a

Other releases

Year Album Title Billboard 200 Albums Chart Billboard Top Albums RIAA Certification
2000 Burden Me - - -
2007 Live Session EP - - -

Live Session EP was released by iTunes and is only available through iTunes

Compilation appearances

Year Song Title Album Title Notes
2002 "Understand" Festival Con Dios 2002, Vol. 2
2003 "I Still Believe" WOW Hits 2004
2004 "Here I Am To Worship" Empty Me, Vol. 1
2004 "Empty Me" Empty Me, Vol. 1
2004 "How Great Is Your Love" Maranatha Friends
2004 "Right Here" WOW Hits 2005
2005 "I Wait For The Lord" X Worship 2006
2005 "Take You Back" WOW Hits 2006
2005 "Open Up Your Eyes" Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2006 "This Man" WOW Hits 2007
2007 "Empty Me" Worship Together: Favorites
2007 "It Is Well" Music Inspired By the Motion Picture Amazing Grace Performed with Adie
2007 "Right Here" Music from and Inspired By Bridge to Terabithia
2007 "What It Means" WOW Hits 2008
2008 "Give You Glory" WOW Hits 1
2008 "Let It Fade" WOW Hits 2009
2009 "There Will Be a Day" WOW Hits 2010


Year Title Peak Positions Album
2002 "Understand" 1 2 Stay
"Right Here" 1 1
2003 "Walk By Faith" 1 1
"I Still Believe" 5 6
"Stay" 6 1
2004 "Empty Me" 14 10 Carried Me
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" 6 6 Christmas Single
"Take You Back" 1 1 Restored
2005 "Lay Down My Pride" 12 9
2006 "This Man" 1 1
"Breathe" 1 30
"What It Means" 2 1 Beyond Measure
2007 "Tonight" 4 29
"Give You Glory" 4 1
"Let It Fade" 1 1
2008 "No Matter What It Takes" 21 47
"There Will Be A Day" 1 1 Speaking Louder Than Before
2009 "Speaking Louder Than Before" 16
2010 "Healing Hand Of God" - Speaking Louder Than Before


Preceded by
Paul Colman Trio
GMA's New Artist of the Year
Succeeded by
Building 429
Preceded by
Michael W. Smith
GMA's Male Vocalist of the Year
2004 - 2005
Succeeded by
Chris Tomlin
Preceded by
"Ammunition" from The Beautiful Letdown by Switchfoot
GMA's Rock Recorded Song of the Year
"Stay" from Stay

Succeeded by
"Slam" from Welcome to Diverse City by tobyMac (featuring T-Bone)


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