Speaking Louder Than Before
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By Jenny Bennett for GospelMusicChannel.com
Jeremy Camp's passion for relating to people through the Gospel has never been more evident than with the release of his fifth album Speaking Louder Than Before. Jeremy's signature vocals, a mix of experimental and more traditional worship arrangements and a focus on scripture, characterize the project, his first in more than two years. The title track, based on Mark 16:15, encourages this generation to speak the truth in love.
Heartfelt worship tunes like "Surrender," featuring Jeremy's wife Adie on harmony, point to that softer side that's been a strong suit of the former youth leader since his debut. "There Will Be a Day" reminds us that all things will be made new, a message that can't be heard enough in this ever-changing, tumultuous world.
Jeremy may be speaking louder with this project, but he's also rocking a little harder on songs like "I'm Alive," a creatively arranged piece in an atypical key that sets it apart from the pack, and "Giving You All Control," both well-suited for rock-loving ears. Spanning the distance all the way to gospel, Jeremy is backed by a traditional choir on "My Fortress."
The theme of the project is 'turning over a new leaf' for the 30-year-old father of two, who lost his first wife to cancer shortly after they married. Never is that reality more poignant than in moments like the redemptive track "Healing Hand of God." Although his first wife was not healed in the way her family prayed for, Jeremy sings about his own healing in the midst of that pain. Who better to sing with him on the song than his current wife and the mother of his two daughters, who released a solo album in 2006. Jeremy's courageous yet realistic outlook has allowed him to minister to others who've lost someone.
Jeremy is clear about the calling he's received: to share the love of Christ with the world. As we approach Thanksgiving, we can be thankful for the ministry of people like Jeremy, who share their music with us as a reminder to speak louder about our faith than we ever have before.
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