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Steve Camp Biography
Steve Camp is an American contemporary Christian music artist who has written or co-written 21 No. 1 singles since his debut in 1978 as a solo artist.Steve Camp
The tradition of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, Camp sent out his own 107 theses on Reformation Day (October 31), 1998, calling for a reformation in contemporary Christian music: calling Christian musicians to make direct, uncompromising music that confronts the world with the message of the scriptures.
Steve Camp Age
Camp was born April 13, 1955 in Wheaton, Illinois, U.S.. He is 67 years old.
Steve Camp Net Worth
The music artist has a net worth of 7 million US dollars.
Steve Camp Wife
He is now the senior pastor of The Cross Church in Palm City, Florida. Camp was divorced from his first wife prior to 2002. Camp remarried on June 19, 2009. He is unrelated to Jeremy Camp, a fellow Christian rock musician.
Steve Camp Early Life
Camp was born in Wheaton, Illinois and raised by Christian parents and by five years of age, he had confessed faith in Jesus. It greatly influenced his desire to serve God through his teenage years. As a young Christian, he created a close bond with legendary Christian singer/songwriter Larry Norman, who gave him advice concerning Camp’s own singing and songwriting.
He met the late Keith Green, who encouraged him to make a stronger commitment to Jesus and the ministry of music.
Steve Camp Education and Early Career
He attended Roosevelt University, where he majored in musical composition and theory. Camp studied under Ralph Dodds, a protegee of George Gershwin. Camp also studied business law/music at the College of DuPage. He is theologically Reformed, in the tradition of John Owen, Jeremiah Burroughs, Thomas Watson, John F. MacArthur, D.A. Carson, R.C.
Sproul and the late Stephen Olford. The late 1970’s, he began a longtime relationship with a then-unknown Rob Frazier, a one-time Petra member, who co-wrote songs for Camp’s own albums. He was reunited with Frazier on Frazier’s 1992 compilation Retrospect, on which Frazier and Camp sang duet vocals for the song “Why, Why Why?” Camp also had a long-term friendship with Scott Wesley Brown and he played acoustic guitar and sang backups on Brown’s 1977 album, I’m Not Religious, I Just Love The Lord, one year before he went on his own.
Five of Camp’s albums Sayin’ It With Love (1978), Start Believin’ (1980), For Every Man (1981), Only The Very Best (1983) and It’s A Dying World (1984) have never been released on CD.
Steve Camp Musical Career
Before becoming a conference speaker and lecturer, Camp was a popular contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter. He signed a recording contract with Myrrh Records in 1977, releasing several songs as a solo artist. Camp signed a contract with Sparrow Records in 1983, with whom he released nine successful albums. In his first album, Fire and Ice, Camp paired up with Michele Pillar to sing “Love’s Not A Feeling”.
Camp released his 10th studio album in 1989, Justice, on which he recorded a duet with BeBe Winans, entitled “Do You Feel Their Pain?” Upon his contract with Sparrow end in 1992, he signed with Warner Alliance, with whom he released 2 albums. His release Taking Heaven By Storm in 1993, Camp teamed up with veteran keyboardist and songwriter Michael Omartian, and together they produced a series of No. 1 hits in a single year (1994), including a contemporary remake of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
That same year, he released a worship-themed project titled Mercy in the Wilderness.
Together with other popular contemporary Christian artists of the 1980s, Camp made several front covers of CCM Magazine, World Magazine, and Christianity Today, among many others. During the same time, he also wrote several articles for leading Christian publications, in addition to giving numerous interviews on Christian radio. Upon recording several albums, Camp began attending Christian conferences and making frequent guest appearances at Christian colleges.
He was an honorable invitee at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Conference in 1996, where the Cambridge Document was drafted. An year later, he appeared at the Summit on Church Music Ministry held at Cedarville College in Ohio, contending for sound Biblical theology in Christian music. Camp was once again in Ohio in late 1998, this time in Celina at a benefit for Harbor House Maternity Home, a Christian home for pregnant teens.
There were 440 people present to hear Steve do four songs, including Keith Green’s “Asleep in the Light” and Camp’s own “He’s All You Need.” Camp followed up his first set of songs with an even more passionate exhortation, possibly causing some in attendance to be a bit uncomfortable with Camp’s straightforward approach to his messages: they must do everything possible to save the unborn and be seen as proactively pro-life.
Steve Camp Radio Show and Writing
Camp in the mid-1990s was a frequent guest on radio stations all across the country. Through 1995 and 1997, he also hosted his own radio talk show, No Compromise with Steve Camp. Camp also made guest appearances on The Bible Answer Man with Hank Hanegraaff, The Janet Parshall Show, The Dick Staub Show, Prime Time America with Jim Warren, Iron Sharpens Iron, and many more.
Camp is also a well-known writer for the AudienceONE ministries website. As of 2010, Camp continues to make numerous guest appearances on other radio shows.