In most conversations, the
word reckless doesn’t tend to
imply good things. In most
households with small children,
it’s an even less popular concept.
But don’t tell that to Jeremy Camp and
his wife of nine years, Adie. Having recently
celebrated the birth of their son, the Camp
family is exercising majorly reckless behavior…
and his latest album, appropriately
, brings it all home.
“There’s a negative connotation
that comes with the word reckless,”
Jeremy agrees. “But the definition is
to do something without regards to
the consequences. It’s deciding to do
something no matter what. God is dealing
with my heart and I’m learning what
it means to not say, ‘God, I want to do something. Come bless me,’” he continues.
“It’s knowing that this life is not my own.
I’ve been forgiven so much and now it’s
time to meet Him.”
And so, without regards to consequence
or fallout, Jeremy and the entire Camp
household is surrendering it all on a quest
to be truly reckless when it comes to
sharing their faith and living the life God
gave them to the fullest.
“My wife is probably even more on
board than me,” he says with a laugh.
“She’s homeschooling the kids and it’s
crazy! But she has committed to the fact
that her life is not her own.”
It’s the surrendering spirit that has
guided both Jeremy and Adie through
the winding roads of marriage and
One look at Jeremy’s face when he talks
about his kids is all it takes to know that
Jeremy is head over heels in love with them
and is more than a little pleased that he
now has a potential partner in crime…or at
least, partner on the field, court, wrestling
“When we found out we were pregnant
again, I was so excited that it was a boy,”
he says. “Now daddy has someone to play
football with, wrestle, do martial arts…I’m
definitely already his hero. You can tell he
knows his daddy.”
He knows and he is watching. Jeremy
is all too aware of how his son will look
to him, emulate him, want to make him
happy…which heaps an entirely new
challenge upon Jeremy’s shoulders —
helping his son grow in the man God
created him to be.
“There’s definitely pressure,” he says.
“But I want that pressure. I want to be
getting better for my kids and my wife. It
betters everybody. Bring it on.”
That attitude doesn’t end at Jeremy’s
front door. Within the music world, he
has guided and mentored other artists
and is very aware that he is looked to as
an example and as someone others want
very much to be like. He knows it…and he
doesn’t take it lightly.
“There’s definitely a responsibility there,”
Jeremy says. “I want to challenge people to
be better. I want to grow more and more
and help others do the same.”
Over the years, it’s clear to see how
Jeremy has been living out that statement.
His most recent music reflects a new
intensity. His perspective of God has
entered a new phase of comfort and rest.
It’s within that intersection of rest and
passion that Jeremy is abiding and allowing
to shape the music he makes.
“What this record captures is the same
kind of passion I had when I first started,”
he says. “There was such an intensity then.”
“Then” is in reference to one of the most
painful times in Jeremy’s life, when, twelve
years ago, his first wife passed away.
“February 5 marked 12 years,” he says
quietly. “I don’t always realize it because we
don’t make it [the anniversary] something.
It’s not like it’s an open wound, but I still
talk about it. I wrote a book about it. God’s
healed me, but the scar reminds me of the
pain. But I know she’s more alive than she’s
In many ways, the same can be said of
Jeremy. Given the new life recently born,
his two girls, Isabella (8) and Arianna (7)
and wife, he is more than aware of the
abundance from God. As that gratitude has
continued to rise to the surface more and
more, Jeremy is also experiencing his savior
and his relationship with Him in a new way.
“I used to think I had to do things
to earn God’s love,” he says. “But
there’s a difference between conviction
and condemnation. I used to live in
condemnation, but today I’m able to rest.
A lot of that comes from knowing I didn’t
blow it…I made some mistakes, but I’m not
condemned. I have way more peace about
me. I’ve gotten to a great place.”
And with Reckless, he invites the listener
along for the journey and the view. With
some musical experimentation — new
loops, more piano-based rock, etc.— the
album showcases an artist who knows
exactly who he is.
A songwriter who knows what he wants
A singer who knows exactly how he
wants to sound.
A husband, father and man who knows
One might assume that anyone who
knows that much and takes such solid
steps wouldn’t be the reckless type.
But take it from Jeremy…knowing who
you are and whose you are gives the
freedom to rest in God and His mercy
without shame and to live passionately and
unapologetically for the tasks set before
them and then…to take the leap knowing
that our reckless hearts, our unrestrained
passion are constantly in the hands that
will never fail or leave.
Without thoughts of consequence…
without thoughts of fear or trepidation,
Jeremy is continuing to answer his calling
to dive head first…recklessly…into God’s