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article imageReview: 'Christmas — God With Us' by Jeremy Camp Special

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By Chrystal Mahan     Dec 23, 2012 in Entertainment
Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp released his first full-length Christmas project on September 25, 2012, which features 10 Holiday classics.
Jeremy Camp has 25 number one radio singles across all formats, four RIAA Gold-selling studio albums, a GRAMMY nominated project and many other accomplishments. Camp’s career has a 10 year span, starting in 2002 with his first CD release Stay. His style is a mixture of rock and ballads.
Jeremy Camp was born January 12, 1978 in Lafayette, Indiana. His father, Tom Camp, is a pastor at the Harvest Chapel church in Lafayette. Jeremy's father taught him how to play guitar at a young age; a hobby he continued with through life. After high school Jeremy attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Southern California. One of the worship leaders heard him play in the kitchen of the school and he urged Camp to become part of the worship team. Soon after he was leading worship all over Southern California. His college attendance lasted two years.
Jeremy married his first wife, Melissa Henning, on October 21, 2000 after finding out she had ovarian cancer. In his book, I Still Believe, he chronicles the life-changing event and how he began to question his faith. Melissa wanted nothing more than to get married. Knowing she would soon die, he wanted to provide her with that last wish. She passed away on February 5, 2001, at the age of 21. Camp was 23.
December 2003 Camp married his second wife, Adrienne Liesching, former singer of The Benjamin Gate. Together they have two daughters and one son.
The new Christmas album, Christmas: God With Us is a celebration of life and the couple’s faith in God. With over 3 million album sales, Jeremy Camp has proved that he’ll stay among the top Christian artists today.
Christmas albums can often be dangerous for artists. Some do well, some flop, and all the rest go unnoticed. The ones that do well, fans love. With Christian artist, the Christmas fans are already built-in, so it was a win-win for popular Christian artist, Jeremy Camp, to produce a full-length Christmas album. The album contains nine traditional Christmas classics and one original.
The album gives the contemporary Christian fans wanting more. Clocking it at just over 30 minutes, fans might think Jeremy should have recorded a few more songs since Christmas songs just aren’t that long to begin with.
The sound is eclectic with a mix of acoustic, blues, rock, and very little traditional, but all have that Camp style fans have come to learn and love.
Despite the short length, this Christmas album lives up to its Amazon price of $9.99 if you are looking for an upbeat take on traditional tunes.
Song List:
"Jingle Bell Rock" – upbeat and catchy.
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" – loud and rockin’.
"Joy to the World" – has a freestyle vibe.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" – gentle and traditional.
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" – another traditional feel.
"Let It Snow" – just a lot of fun with its catchy upbeat tempo.
"Mary Did You Know" – intense emotional rock style.
"God With Us" – Camp’s original and very simple tune.
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" – complete with a violin solo.
"Away in a Manger" – the calming end to the CD.
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