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Christian artist looks upward for strength

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jeremy Camp is living the good life. With a new album, book and tour, the 33-year-old contemporary Christian artist is living in the moment.

“It’s been a pretty amazing year,” he says during a recent phone interview from Nashville, Tenn. “The tour has been pretty amazing and I was blessed with a new baby boy in August. It’s more than I could have asked for.”

But for Camp to get to this moment took a lot of time for reflection. Before releasing his debut album in 2001, Camp was dealt a personal blow. He was married in October 2000 and in February 2001, his 21-year-old wife died.

“A lot of the first album helped me deal with the emotions I was going through,” he says. “It was a difficult time but I knew I had to keep living. I looked to God to give me the strength that I needed.”

Fast forward 10 years, Camp is remarried with three children and still spreading his message of keeping life simple.

With his new album, “We Cry Out,” Camp says he really felt like stepping back from a lot of the production of the album.

“I realized that I don’t have to be part of everything,” he says. “I felt that with a lot of these songs, I put them out there and I let each one take on a life of its own. There was an initial direction, but if it didn’t follow it then it was fine.”

After a decade on the road, Camp says he looks forward to speaking with fans after the show.

“Hearing stories of how people overcome obstacles in life is amazing,” he says. “Over the years, I’ve grown a lot and have a more purposeful vision. It’s like sharing the gospel but I really don’t have to get too preachy. I look forward to the stories and when the I stop enjoying the stories, then it would be time to stop making music.”

Camp also enjoys being a role model for his fans.

With his book, “I Still Believe,” Camp says it was the first time he talked about the death of his first wife. He says the idea of sharing his story scared him because he’s never really been a public person.

“I had to look within and open up big time,” he explains. “By doing that, I started to remember how devastated and hopeless I was. Then I began to see how God has restored confidence in me and it helps build up my faith. When she passed away, I thought I would never get through it. But with time and faith, I’ve become a stronger person.”

Jeremy Camp
With Francesca Battistelli, Adam Cappa
WHEN: 7:30 tonight
WHERE: Copper Pointe Church, 10500 Copper NE
HOW MUCH: $25-$75 at www.ticketforce.com or 877-840-0457

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