After shows across the country, US Christian artist Jeremy Camp wrapped up his Australian tour with a sold out show at iSee Church in Carina.
With a career spanning over 20 years, the crowd was treated to some of Jeremy’s musical highlights, an acoustic set featuring wife Adrienne (formerly of South African band The Benjamin Gate), and the stories behind some of Jeremy’s most loved songs.
Another highlight of the show included Jeremy’s two daughters taking to the stage to sing with their dad.
The Camp family have taken full advantage of Jeremy’s long awaited return to Australia, flying into the country early to visit some Aussie icons including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as well as checking out the quokkas on Rottnest Island while in Perth.
“Australia is a bucket list item for the family,” Jeremy told 96five’s Tim Bain. “Ever since we saw Finding Nemo we’ve always wanted to see the Opera House – the kids were like ‘this is actually what I’ve dreamed about seeing’!”
“We’re the kind of people that when we go places we want to explore where we are, so we’ve done that the whole time here.”
Opening with the title track from his 2021 album When You Speak, Jeremy had the crowd rocking with favourites like Dead Man Walking and There Will Be a Day, before pausing to reflect on a season that gave birth to the hit Anxious Heart.
“The question behind Anxious Heart was do I really trust the Lord,” Jeremy said.
I know that bad things can happen – I went through watching my (first) wife suffer through cancer, and I know that the enemy is always trying to play tricks on me – he would make me question can you really trust the Lord?
“About six years ago everything felt really fearful; I was scared that there was always something bad around the corner and I had a whole lot of irrational fears.”
“I didn’t really understand anxiety, panic or depression and all of a sudden it hit me overwhelmingly. For two weeks I was bed ridden because I was so overwhelmed with anxiety and depression, before I remembered where our help comes from.”
“I got on my knees and I said please Jesus take this from me, and a still, small voice said ‘do you not know how much I love you’.
“And finally Jesus reached down and pulled me out of that pit and healed me – when my world was crumbling, He had me. Jesus was the calm to my anxious heart.”
Jeremy also told Tim that he’d loved touring Australia due to warm welcome he’s received from fans both new and old.
“One of the things I’ve noticed is that everyone at the shows is so happy to be there. In the states people see so many Christian concerts that it’s not as exciting when a new artist comes to town.
“Here, I feel like not a lot of Christian artists come, and so everyone has been so thankful and I really feel that.”
Check out some photos from the show below and listen to the full interview with Jeremy in the audio player above.