| November 25, 2008|
| May 2008|
25 November 2008
| Jeremy Camp Live
Contemporary Christian music, Pop rock
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Jeremy Camp albums, Contemporary Christian music albums
Speaking Louder Than Before is the sixth studio album from contemporary Christian musician Jeremy Camp. It was released on November 25, 2008, and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 38.
In May 2008, Camp went into the studio to begin recording the album. Speaking Louder Than Before was recorded over five days, with Camp spending 12 hours in the studio each day. He co-produced the album with Brown Bannister.
Camp has said that Speaking Louder Than Before has a different theme to his previous releases and that he has "a more clear-cut purpose and vision of what I'm meant to do ... I see the hurt, the lack of direction, in this new generation. I always had a passion for youth, but this album is really aimed at them." Referring to the album's title and theme, he said, "I have walked through the valleys, the mountains, and plains. That's why I'm speaking up, that's why I'm speaking now and loud."
The first single "There Will Be a Day" was released around early September. It was the most-added song at R&R's AC and CHR charts, and it was also the highest-debuting track in its first week of entering the chart. The song was digitally released on September 23.
The album itself was subsequently released in the United States on November 25, 2008. It debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200, with 32,700 copies sold in the first week. Speaking Louder Than Before also reached number one at Billboard's Top Christian Albums, and in its first week became Camp's highest-charting album to date. "There Will Be a Day" reached number one at Christian CHR radio on November 28, and stayed at the top of the chart for two weeks.
A special edition of the album was released on December 5, which included a DVD with an hour of in-studio video footage, a booklet containing journal entries from Camp, a sticker, three art cards and a silicone bracelet.
All tracks written by Jeremy Camp.Lead vocals: Jeremy Camp
Drums: Dan Needham (1-4, 6-9, 12) & Chris McHugh (5, 10, 11)
Percussion: Eric Darken
Bass guitar: Matt Pierson
Guitars: Tom Bukovac & Jerry McPherson
Acoustic guitar on "Surrender": Scott Dente
Keyboards, piano & B3 organ: Blair Masters
Strings: Pamela Sixfin, Janet Darnall, Karen Winklemann, Jim Grosjean, Monisa Angell, Sarighani Reist & John Catchings
String arrangements on "There Will Be a Day" & "You Will Be There" by Phillip Keveren
String arrangements on "I Know Who I Am" by Don Chapman
Loops on "Healing Hand of God": Richie Pena
Background vocals: Jeremy Camp, Luke Brown, Adie Camp, Matt Balm & Jean-Luc Lajoie
Produced by Brown Bannister
Co-produced by Jeremy Camp
Executive Producers: Brandon Ebel & Tyson Paoletti
Tracks recorded by Steve Bishir at Dark Horse Studio (Franklin, TN).
Recording assisted by Colin Heldt & Mike Carr
Overdubs recorded by Brown Bannister at Townsend Studio (Nashville, TN).
Additional Engineering & Digital Editing by Billy Whittington, Kent Hooper, Ron Robinson, Craig Swift & Dave Dillbeck.
Tracks No. 1, 2, 3, 5-12 mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Sound Stage Studios (Nashville, TN), assisted by Buckley Miller.
"There Will Be a Day" mixed by JR McNeely at Elm South Studios (Franklin, TN).
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
A&R: Tyson Paoletti
Management: Matt Balm
Art Direction by Invisible Creature, Inc.
Design by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature, Inc.
Photography by Dave Hill (Hillside.com)
In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.
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