452. Stay – Jeremy Camp

STAY (2002)

Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp has 4 Gold Records, 17 Number One singles and several Dove and Grammy awards and nominations. Six of those number one singles came from his national debut, Stay. A worship leader at heart, two of Camp’s albums have been worship albums as well as two live albums. Even those albums not directly considered worship albums still have a worshipful feel and content.

Stay continues to be his strongest album based almost entirely on the very strong songwriting and the emotional impact of the story behind most of the album. Camp had lost his wife to cancer and many of the songs on Stay either directly address the pain of loss and the hope in faith or were emotionally impacted by the event.

Where most of the following Camp albums would stay in the same musical vein of Stay, the project does contain Camp’s heaviest and most passionate performance with the song “Take My Life.” The songs crescendo is just pure power and reminds the writer of Springsteen compelling “Adam Raised a Cain” for sheer guttural performance.

But ultimately Stay will be remembered for the songs of faith in the midst of loss like “Walk By Faith,” and, most notably “I Still Believe.” The latter most directly addresses the issue of the loss of his wife and the difficulty in maintaining faith during such a horrific loss. Camp has since remairried to fellow CCM artists Adie who was the lead singer for the band The Benjamin Gate as has recorded two solo projects as well.

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 11, 2010 at 5:45 am

    This is where my cynicism comes in. This album drove me crazy because its success was all about the marketing campaign that told the public the story behind the album. I would prefer that the music actually tell the story, but there is no way in Hades that anyone could glean the truth of Camp’s tragedy by listening to these rather simplistic worship lyrics.

  2. John
    February 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I have a much different position than Shawn’s regarding this album. I encountered this album after hearing the song “Understand” on a BEC music sampler. I gravitated to Jeremy’s music and lyrics for their passioniate and compelling delivery and I wanted more. And this album gave me exactly what I wanted. I was unaware of Jeremy’s personal loss or any marketing strategy associated with that loss. This album is a personal favourite of mine on its own creative merits and not because it was apparently borne out of tragedy. I learned of Jeremy’s loss years later and although it provided some insight into some of his songs, I don’t think you need to be aware of that to engage his music in a meaningful way.

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