Jeremy Camp headlines RezFest
Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 26, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.
With five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and a 2010 Grammy nod under his belt, singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp has solidified his name as a mainstay on Christian radio.
He's known for hits such as "There Will Be a Day" and "Tonight." His most recent album, "Reckless" (2013), remained No. 1 on the U.S. Christian charts for 23 weeks.
Camp, 36, is headlining RezFest at Son Valley Ranch in Victoria on April 12.
Get Out caught up with Camp this week to discuss the upcoming Easter concert and how he's keeping busy in Nashville as one of the nation's most-beloved Christian artists.
Were you a cradle Christian, or did you come to know Christ on your own?
I was raised in a Christian home, and I gave my heart to Jesus when I was 5 years old. But I was probably 16 years old when I really submitted.
Was that hard to do in high school? Were any of your friends Christian?
No, none of them were Christian. I had a few out of school who were walking with the Lord, but for me to do that in high school was a big step. I was a football player, and unfortunately, when I look back, I wish I had been more bold. I'm super bold now. I love talking about Jesus.
Do you regret not being more bold as a teenager?
Yes. I always tell people don't look back and regret your time. Be a light in a dark place. Stand up, especially for teenagers. You'll have some persecution probably, but it's better to speak up than to look back and wish you'd said something.
Texas is crazy about high school football. Do you miss high school football?
I was a running back. I loved football, and I miss football when the season is over, and I don't get to watch it anymore (laughing). But I know God has called me to do what I'm doing.
Have you always been comfortable in front of crowds?
Yeah, I think so. There are times when I get nervous, but it's usually when we're playing a whole new set, and I'm thinking, "I hope this goes well."
What would people be surprised to learn you're interested in?
I play golf and ride motorcycles . Harleys. Those two don't really go together.
Do you ever see yourself crossing over into pop music?
What I always say is that I'm cool with whatever the Lord has for me, and that's not me trying to speak Christianese. I'm so content and so stoked to do what I'm doing, and wherever God takes my career is fine with me. I'll just never compromise my music for the world.
What do you think about the music industry and the music that's out there right now?
The sad thing is, to be honest, there's some awesome music out there. My take on it is there's really good music and really bad music leading people astray. I have a friend that describes it like this: There's health food, songs that glorify the Lord; junk food, there's nothing really good in it, but it tastes good; and then, there's rat poison, music that will corrupt your soul. But not everyone in (secular) music is bad, and there are some good people in those industries, too, that are trying to be a light. And if you have a calling to be in that side of the music industry, that's good, too. We need to be a light everywhere, and you don't have to do whatever the world does.
Do you ever feel the burden of being a public Christian?
Yes, I do. But it keeps you accountable. There are people who expect perfection. We do make mistakes, and that's normal. But I also want to be able to model what God's doing in my life, and he's put me in this place and on this platform to do it. But if you just sit down and talk to me, I have nothing to hide. There is no compromise in my heart.
What are some of your Easter traditions?
You know, we don't really have any. We go to church. It's a day of rest. It's a good day to reflect on the message that He gave his life for me and took it upon himself to be crucified. He died and rose again - that's the Gospel. We've all fallen short, but we have new life in Him.
What would you say is one of your perfectly written songs? One that you loved the way it turned out?
"There Will Be a Day." I love that song. That sounds so vain (laughing). But musically, vocally, dynamically, it's all just there. It's a song about heaven, and it's a song we need to hold onto.
What are some of your goals for the next five years?
More outreach trips around the world, traveling to five or six more countries. I'm working on a movie right now for my book. And now that the first book has come out, I'd like to get into writing more books.
The earliest the movie would come out is fall 2015.