I Will Follow (Deluxe Edition) features the hit “He Knows,” and includes 5 bonus songs.
In an incredible decade-long career, Jeremy Camp has earned accolades that most artists only dream about. The list includes 5 RIAA Gold albums, over 3.5 million albums sold, a GRAMMY nomination, 3 American Music Award nominations, 5 Dove Awards, 4 ASCAP’s “Songwriter of the Year” Awards and a total of 32 No. 1 radio hits across all formats. Jeremy’s previous release, Reckless, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart in February 2013.
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Following The Path Ahead| Posted January 12, 2015
Author of a heartbreaking yet hope-filled memoir, ordained minister, father to three adorable kids, husband to a beautiful wife, worship leader to millions: Jeremy Camp wears many hats. Not to mention the gold-certified albums, live recordings, number one songs, numerous major awards (including five Doves) and Grammy nomination he has under his belt. There are few things to be done in Christian music that he hasn't already done, and he has done it all well.
But Jeremy's life has seen its share of darkness too. After losing his first wife to cancer, he battled through a season of grief and sorrow unlike any he'd ever known. Although by far the most difficult thing he'd ever faced, God used Jeremy's pain to birth songs of hope and a testimony of redemption. Since then, much of his music has centered on the faith and trust that carried him out of that darkness, and I Will Follow is no different.
"Living Word" opens with the energetic sound we've come to love from Jeremy's previous projects, smoothly transitioning into the title track, on which Jeremy revisits the rock roots his earlier music displayed. Lead single "He Knows" has had major radio success and overwhelming positive listener feedback already since it was released in September, continuing to impact hearts with its comforting message of truth.
"Finally Home," definitely a stand-out track, brings a new sound into the mix and shows off the incredible talent of the band backing Camp. One of Jeremy's richest elements in this album are the power-packed, encouraging lyrics found in songs like "Christ In Me," "'Til The End" and "Here I Am."
Bringing the standard version of the album to a close, "Only In You" and "Same Power" focus on finding our strength in Christ, while southern flavored "Can't Be Moved" and rock-styled "We Are The Dreamers" shine as highlights of the musical journey that is I Will Follow.
As for the deluxe edition, Jeremy seems to revert back to his deepest passion: worship. "Spirit Now" is a heart cry for more of the presence of God, leading into "Be Still," a powerful yet emotional ballad sure to leave you in an attitude of praise. Climbing back to up-tempo, "Perfect Love" takes Biblical truths and presents them in a way both sonically and lyrically strong enough to have been a leading track in the standard cut. The deluxe edition ends with acoustic versions of "Here I Am" and "He Knows."
Being the eighth studio album, one might think that Jeremy would be running out of things to say on I Will Follow, but that seems to be exactly the opposite in this case. Each collection of songs seems to come from a different season than the last with a new message for listeners. The overarching theme of I Will Follow is to continue walking the path God has laid out for us, no matter how unexpected or uncomfortable. The album is full of rock vibes, upbeat energy and new sounds that make every song an enjoyable listen, leaving us ready to hear more.
Jeremy's band played a huge part in the making of these songs, and as much as the vocals and lyrics will be part of its success, the incredible instrumentation and background vocals stand out as a major part of why I Will Follow is such a well-rounded effort. I'd dare to say this is Jeremy's best work to date, a pleasant evolution of sorts from his past albums. It's clear that the Camp crew shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, and that is a reason for Christian music fans to rejoice.
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"I Will Follow" (Get it on iTunes here.)
I Will Follow: A Blue Toned Record That is Far From Blue| Posted February 04, 2015
Yes, you read that right. One look at the album cover explains the color usage as there are more cool blue tones in the pictures and graphics. I get the deluxe edition of Jeremy's albums whenever they are available. I Will Follow is no exception. The deluxe edition has 14 original songs plus the acoustic version of 2 songs from the album. My initial impression was just being blown away by the time I got to track 7 and I still had 9 tracks to go. I had heard 5 of the songs before either live or with the free tracks that came with the pre-order.
My expectations for the album were high from the first moment I heard "He Knows" on the radio. For any of Jeremy's works that is the case and so far I have not been disappointed. The same holds true with I Will Follow. The album opens with the catchy beat of "Living Word" and does not stop for nearly an hour when we get the acoustic version of "Here I Am" (and the acoustic is just as powerful as the non-acoustic version). Many reviews will list a favorite track. As I was listening to the album the fist time, I kept going "great song, like that song, and oh that one's awesome". So needless to say, I cannot pick a favorite. Jeremy has managed to out do himself again which means he has been seeking God as whole heartedly as possible for him. It also means that he is writing music that I believe God has laid on his heart.
Usually when I listen to one of his albums there is a song that stands out during the first listen through not including the radio single that is currently out, one that really seems to resonate with my soul. As I think about the songs on this album and the over all message reminding us that God is with us no matter what we are going through or have done whether it was good or bad, I am reminded of God's unending grace and mercy. God wants us to be the best at what He has called us to. He wants us to not be robots or doing things because we are supposed to. He wants us to do whatever endeavor He has called us to with a willing heart and a joyful spirit. I Will Follow reminds us to have the attitude of seeking God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It reminds us of who God is and encourages us to pursue God with everything we have.