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495. Shake Me to Wake Me – Steve Camp


Steve Camp

Christian Music’s angry young man has had a career that has spanned several decades with his first solo release coming out in 1978 and continues to make music today. He is also an author, speaker, theologian and critic. Steve has an opinion and is not afraid to share it. He is smart, caustic, sarcastic, funny and brilliant.

During the early to mid-1980’s Steve hit his stride with several fantastic releases, a couple which will be featured in this list. The first to make the list is 1985’s “Shake Me to Wake Me.” Steve was able to break some barriers of Christian radio at the time both musically and lyrically. The keyboard driven pop rock pushed some edges for mainstream Christian radio, but it was the prophetic, angry, confrontational and rebuking lyrics that were out of place on CCM formats. This may have eventually cost him fans and industry support, especially a decade later when he came out with a very strong indictment against the CCM industry following the pattern set forth by Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.


  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I love Steve’s version of Keith Green’s Asleep In the Light
    But EVEN NOW is a hauntingly anointed song
    Steve Green was a powerfully convicting voice in the new CCM market

  2. LilBobbyV
    October 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    This was one of the first 3 Christian Music records I ever bought along with Amy Grant’s “Unguarded” and Whiteheart’s “Hotline”. And that was beforw I became a Christian. I remember it being “all the rage” in youth circles. I later attended Steve’s Sunday school class for young adults in Franklin, TN. He now pastors a church in Florida. “Stranger To Holiness” was the song that drew me in. I still listen to this one, but his “Consider the Cost’ album is my favorite.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I always liked Steve Camp and his lyrical style at the time, although I’ve run into many a person who found his lyrics “uncomfortable”. Probably ranks #1 in the number of Tracks I sung in church by an author.

  4. Liz
    March 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I just skimmed over the 107 Thesis by Steve Camp. Interesting. I have to say that I did not read each word. I do believe that Christians have the right to sing a love song to a person, or even a silly song for fun. But I also think that the condition of the church today is reflected in the Christian music of today. You will find artists with a right heart, and you will find artists in it for themselves. The American church has gotten pretty wishy washy, but there are also a lot of great, uncompromising churches out there. we all have different gifts. some of us to give grace and mercy and some of us to exhort and hold accountable. Either one can be used rightly and wrongly. Steve’s gift is exhortation, obviously. Just cuz he doesn’t give us the warm fuzzies, doesn’t mean that he should be ignored. But hopefully he is doing it in love.

  5. Brent Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Steve should by named Jeremiah, bringing the message no one wants to hear. Stranger to Holiness wrecks me everytime.

  1. June 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

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