Transparent Productions Presents
Jeremy Camp - I Will Follow Tour
2810 E Texas Street
Bossier City, LA, 71111
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
While he feels like he’s “just beginning,” Jeremy Camp has 12 years of accolades and accomplishments as a songwriter and recording artist, including four million albums sold, four RIAA Gold albums, a multi-platinum DVD, three American Music Award nominations and a GRAMMY nomination. He’s been a part of more than 25 tours (headlining 18 of those) in the U.S. and has performed in more than 32 countries. Jeremy describes himself as “a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.”
Over the last year and a half, this ordained minister has experienced a season of artistic growth and musical creativity, evident with his new album, I Will Follow. This eighth studio album, released with Capitol CMG, reveals a new level of versatility and depth. With producer Seth Mosley at the helm, a new sound emerges with a host of guest songwriters including the likes of Mosley and Jason Ingram. “To write with these amazing writers who helped shape the different elements of these songs was just an amazing experience,” he said. “I’ve never done that before. There were no parameters when we were producing and when we were writing. Vocally too, I feel like I’ve never pushed myself this much. I just went for it and said, ‘All right Lord, I am 100 percent in.’ I think I am more excited than ever about what I’m doing.”
Jeremy often finds God teaches him through song. The first single off the new record, “He Knows,” is one in which God spoke comfort over Jeremy’s past. As he shares in his book I Still Believe, Jeremy lost his first wife to cancer at age 21 and in recent years, lost a baby to miscarriage with his wife, Adrienne. There are a lot of people hurting, and they often turn to Jeremy because of his platform.
“When I sat down with this record, I just said, God, ‘I feel like I still have a song pertaining to all that. Just give me wisdom.’ I was drawn to the Hebrews 4:15 scripture where it says that we have a high priest that can empathize with our weaknesses. Jesus Christ is our high priest. Jesus is my everything. The whole concept of the song is saying, Listen, in the midst of all these pains and wounds that may come up, He knows. Christ knows every single thing. We have to come to that peace and that rest of just going ‘Okay, God, you know who I am. Where can I go from your presence? You’re everywhere. You know every part of me. And you know, you’ve been through it.’ And so I think that for me, that is the greatest comfort.”
Is Jeremy ready to move past those painful chapters of his life? Would he prefer not to talk about them? Not at all. “I always say, ‘It’s a part of my life. It’s not my life.’ It’s not all that I share. But it’s part of what shaped me, and people still go through hard times. And so the scripture says in 2 Corinthians, if we comfort others, we will be then comforted.”
The lyrical and biblical depth to Jeremy’s songs reflect years of studying God’s word, in which he gained a foundation from growing up in a pastor’s home and attending Bible college. Ministry for him is a lifestyle, one in which the whole family, who occasionally joins him on the road, participates. Jeremy and his wife Adrienne, have two daughters (10 and 8) and a son (3).
So when missionary friends in the volatile country of Kyrgyzstan reached out to Jeremy asking for him and his band to hold a crusade-style event, the families involved had to carefully consider the danger before agreeing to go.
Through Jeremy’s Speaking Louder Ministries, he and his band provide free crusade style events in partnership with local churches and missionaries in countries where the Gospel has not been heard. Political chaos and civil unrest are the norm, and the church people “live in fear,” Jeremy said. When he arrived in the summer of 2013, he said he felt “oppression and fear like I’ve never felt in my life.”
As the day of the big event approached, intimidating threats and imprisonment warnings targeted the missionaries and Jeremy’s band. Even the local news channel told the public not to come. And yet, 8,000 people still showed up. As the crowd gathered, Jeremy lay on his face crying before God. “Lord, I can’t do this,” he said. “This is too much.’ I realized the dangers of what was happening. In my heart, I wanted to go home and raise my kids; I wanted to grow old with my wife. When I said, ‘I can’t do this,’ the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Perfect. You finally got it. You can do this.’”
The moment was pivotal. “Something clicked,” he said, and he finally grasped a powerful truth. “I had been sharing the scripture all my life, Acts 20:24, where Paul says, ‘I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.’ And in Galatians, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.’ It’s just all these scriptures where Paul is saying, I know. My life is not my own. I’ve given my heart to Jesus. He’s my king, I’m his servant. And I think from that, I began to understand, it’s not me. I can’t do it. It’s all Him.”
The name of Jesus went forth at the event, and it was a success. When the group returned home safely, Jeremy had time to reflect. He came home changed, he felt he was at a crossroads, unsure if he should continue to pursue music. “When I got home, I said, ‘Okay, Lord, I’m completely yours. So whatever you have, I’m going to do it 100 percent wholeheartedly, and I’m ready.’”
Some time passed, and he felt God finally telling him, ‘I want you to do this again.’”
When the doors opened to continue doing music through Capitol CMG, he went all in. “I knew what I had been called to do: to follow him wholeheartedly.” That’s when the theme of his new record, I Will Follow, emerged. “In the Old Testament when God was talking to the Israelites, they’re just rebellious people, and it says, but Caleb has a different spirit. He followed me wholeheartedly.’ And that’s what I want to do.”
Citizen Way is a true band of brothers – in the literal sense. This infectious rock four-piece is comprised of two sets of siblings with strong ministry backgrounds and a mutual passion for music that began long before the band officially formed in 2004. Band members Josh and Ben Calhoun and David and Ben Blascoe share a camaraderie that is undeniable and results in a unique, unparalleled connection for a band that has plenty to say.
Months before their April 2013 label debut album, LOVE IS THE EVIDENCE, this promising new signing was already generating buzz — even as they continued to write and record. The band's first single, "Should've Been Me," made an impressive debut, shooting up to the top of the charts and peaking in the Top 5 on Christian AC radio. The tune was penned in 20 minutes by Ben Calhoun after a conversation with a group of students at the camp where he was leading worship. "We had just taken these students through a crash course from Genesis through Revelation. It was the end of an incredibly powerful week and we were asking them what they had learned," recalls Ben Calhoun. "One of the kids spoke up and simply said, 'I learned that it should have been me.' I remember thinking that was pretty profound for a 14-year-old and was inspired to write this song."
Amist their chart success, Citizen Way landed a slot on their first nationwide tour with another talented band of brothers, the multi-award winning group, Big Daddy Weave. The band is thankful for the new and larger platforms after years of hard work honing their skills – playing at camps, retreats and youth group events and investing in their fans who have been behind them from the very beginning.
All four band members grew up in strong ministry families. Josh and Ben Calhoun, the group's primary songwriters were heavily influenced by their mom's musical gift and the Calhouns were on stage singing at church from an early age. The Blascoe brothers had a more urban upbringing than their bandmates and while their parents weren't musical, they were music lovers, exposing the boys to live shows by early Christian acts like Petra and Mylon LeFevre.
The Blascoe brothers each found music in their own way. For David, it started in fourth grade. "What actually made me want to play drums was a movie called That Thing You Do," he explains. His parents eventually set him up with a drum kit and gigs at church and stints in a series of high school bands soon followed. Ben Blascoe's instrument choices were based on what he didn't want. "My older sister took piano lessons, and I was determined to not play that because I remember her having to pound away at practice," he recalls, adding, "I wanted to do something very different." Maybe that's why, as early as elementary school, anytime he saw a guitar he'd pick it up and try to play it. Eventually, he borrowed a bass from a friend and would sit in front of the CD player trying to copy what he heard, whether it was Credence Clearwater Revival or The Cranberries. At 16, he got his own bass and never put it down.
The beginning days of Citizen Way initially started when the two Bens met while studying at Judson University outside of Chicago. Ben Calhoun was a music major, drawn to the intricacies of theory and simultaneously also a big fan of pop radio, with each new song a potential experiment in merging those two loves. Calhoun says, "Judson was a pivotal place for me, it's where I was able to develop and set my musical and ministry direction. I'm grateful for the school and it's such a cool privilege to serve as an Adjunct Professor there now."
As a freshman, Ben Blascoe was playing his bass in the dorm one day when the Ben Calhoun poked his head in. There was a connection and so when Ben Calhoun was ready to record some songs he had composed, he asked the other Ben to join him in the studio. He also recruited his brother Josh, on drums then, who had been playing with the band Augustana while in college. After the project was completed, the trio continued to play together eventually adding David as the band's drummer and Josh moving to keys.
Citizen Way has collaborated with acclaimed producer Seth Mosley (Hawk Nelson, Audio Adrenaline, former lead singer of Newsboys, Peter Furler) on their debut release. With the help of Mosley, the album merges the influences of all four members, showcasing their melodically, talented songwriting and sound that audiences have come to love. The recording process, helmed by Mosley, has allowed the group to get an even clearer picture of who they are together and the magic that can happen when their collective God-given gifts merge. The result is melodic, meaningful rock that melds the talents of all four members into something that shimmers with diverse influences that range from PFR, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and Andrew Peterson to P.O.D., Coldplay, The Killers and Brad Paisley.
The name of the band comes from a few key ideas in scripture that are important to the guys. "Ephesians reminds us that our true citizenship isn't here on earth, but rather in heaven," explains Josh Calhoun, "Jesus calls Himself the way and the book of Hebrews talks about the new and living way we have because of Christ's sacrifice, Acts actually calls believers followers of the way. So Citizen Way is an idea that we're part of something bigger, God's kingdom."
Now Citizen Way hopes to build on the immediate connection they've enjoyed with people through their debut single, "Should've Been Me." "Each time we sing 'Should've Been Me' I still remember the moment when God moved in my life for the first time and I go back to that special week at camp" says Ben Calhoun. "I'm reminded of what He did for us on the cross and how grateful I am for the life that I have in Jesus. Our hope is that people will hear our songs and are also reminded and encouraged in this same way."
$12.50 - $50.00
VIP ticket includes a pre-show Q&A with Jeremy Camp and early entry. All seating is General Admission - first-come, first-served.
5:00pm - VIP doors
5:15pm - VIP Q&A
5:45pm - Early Entry doors
6:00pm - General doors
7:00pm - Show begins
All tickets subject to a $5 price increase at the door.