With three RIAA Certified Gold records, five Dove Awards and nine consecutive No. 1 radio singles, Jeremy Camp is poised to hit this fall season in a big way as he releases his greatly anticipated studio recording, BEYOND MEASURE (10.31.06) and launches a national headline tour on October 19th.
Filled with hope, praise, and a deep comfort and understanding of God’s mysteries, Beyond Measure looks to be the Midwestern singer/songwriter’s defining chapter, heralding an even greater peace inside Camp’s expressive soul. Like his Dove Award winning and 1.7 million selling catalog, the album is sure to inspire sing-a-longs that could make even Dashboard Confessional blush.
Produced by seasoned producers like Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies, Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer), Aaron Sprinkle (Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Hawk Nelson), BEYOND MEASURE features some of Camp’s most innovative production, powerful and personal songwriting and also his most unique vocal styling to date.
Never one to shy away from wearing his heart on his sleeve Camp was relating his powerful testimony to a journalist when the new album’s title track began to form within. He remembered something his late wife, Melissa (whose passing formed a crucial nexus of the raw honesty that informs his work) had said to him: “If one person were to accept Jesus through my death, it would all be worth it.”
“I said that in this interview and right when I said that, this whole fog of everything that had been going on in my life finally cleared,” Camp recalls. “I was getting distracted and busy. Sometimes even when you are busy doing the right things you don’t realize what is going on to the full extent of your life.”
Blessed with his new wife, Adie, and their daughters Isabella and Arianne, Jeremy reflected on everything that God has done. “I remember just being on my face, just weeping, saying ‘Lord forgive me for getting caught up and busy.’” He wrote the song. And then, quickly, he realized its theme would shape the entire new album.
“This album shows even more what God has done in my life than Restored. It’s a little more personal to me, more like Stay, but musically and vocally it is leaps and bounds above both. This album is so diverse, but in such a good way.”
From radio pop to rousing hard rock to soft-spoken ballads - experimenting with falsetto a la Keane while still dipping into the baritone that won comparisons to Matchbox 20 toward the start of his career - Camp’s diversity makes sense. After all, he grew up in Indiana, where the radio dial boasted Top 40, Classic Rock and Country in equal measure. “In the Midwest there is a wide range of people and variety and that ties into my writing,” Camp reasons.
“This record is just me,” he says, repeating for emphasis: “It’s ME. Period.”
Hitting over 20 markets nationwide, including Fort Worth, Portland, Phoenix, Cincinatti and more, the BEYOND MEASURE tour will also feature the super popular power house rockers Hawk Nelson and BEC Recording’s latest signing, ADIE (tour dates below).
Hawk Nelson has won the hearts of fans nationwide since their debut release in June 2004 with Letters to the President. Since their national debut, HAWK NELSON has appeared on NBC’s American Dreams, had a cameo appearance in the hit Nickelodeon film Yours, Mine, & Ours, where they played their original song “Bring Em Out,” as well as had their songs featured on NBC’s 2006 Stanley Cup promo spots, WB’s Smallville, Summerland and NBC’s 2004 Summer Olympic commercials. This past year, Hawk Nelson was named CCM readers’ Favorite New Band and released the best-seller, Smile, It’s The End Of The World.
ADIE’s debut project, Don’t Wait, which releases on September 26th, (produced by Zach Hodges), features many songs co-written with Camp, and it’s her expressive voice and their amazing comraderie that makes it such a unique and compelling offering. With a sound akin to singer/songwriter Butterfly Boucher and the more electronic pop approach of Frou Frou, Don’t Wait is a seasoned, more introspective departure from Adie’s more aggressive rock roots in The Benjamin Gate.
From sales to radio and from media to touring, Jeremy Camp is continuing to make a definitive mark in the industry with his hit songs and ability to capture audiences of all ages. Being named “Songwriter of the Year” in 2006, and awarded in 2005 and 2006 for “Song of the Year”, at the 28th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, Camp has marked his place in the Christian Music Industry. With an amazing nine No. 1 back to back radio hits under his belt, Camp has graced the covers of Pollstar, CCM, Breakaway and Christian Music Planet, and has also garnered praise from such publications as Billboard, CCM, CRW and R&R, and CCM named him 2005’s Reader’s Choice for Favorite Artist and Favorite Male Artist. His latest project is the popular Jeremy Camp: Live and Unplugged DVD/CD.
For more information on Camp, his new CD, and on the BEYOND MEASURE TOUR, go to: http://www.jeremycamptour.com/ or www.JeremyCamp.com
Author: Velvet Rousseau Kelm
Date: 11 September 2006