Camp talks about first wife’s death in new album, movie

Camp talks about first wife’s death in new album, movie

For Christian singer Jeremy Camp, the next year won’t be like any other 12-month stretch during his long career. 

It began in June with the making of “I Still Believe” — a faith-based romantic film about the relationship with his first wife — and will continue this fall with the release of his yet-to-be-titled next album. Then in March 2020 “I Still Believe” will hit theaters giving Camp a larger platform than he’s ever had by putting his story in front of millions of moviegoers.

Alabama’s Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing it.  

“I feel like the last few years have been a big heart preparation for me for this very moment,” Camp told The Alabama Baptist.

“I Still Believe” will tell the true story of Jeremy and Melissa falling in love, marrying and then returning from their honeymoon only to discover cancer had spread throughout her body. She died a few months later. He then wrote the song “I Still Believe.”  

K.J. Apa (“Riverdale”) will play Jeremy while Britt Robertson (“A Dog’s Purpose”) will play Melissa. 

Camp wrote about Melissa’s testimony in his 2011 book, “I Still Believe.” Still, he said, having it retold on the big screen caused him to pause briefly and ask: Do I want to put my wife and family through that again? In 2003 he married Adrienne Liesching, the lead singer of the Christian band The Benjamin Gate. 

He and Adrienne believed the hope-filled story of Melissa needed to be told on screen. Melissa had stayed strong in her faith while facing death and Camp too held to his faith after her passing.  

“It’s not about me, it’s about what God has done,” Camp said. “And God’s opening a door to share the hope that He’s given me.”

Camp said he sensed God telling him, “I want to use this to minister to more people than you’ve ever ministered to before.” 

‘Dead Man Walking’

Camp released a single, “Dead Man Walking,” from the album in May. It is based on Colossians 2:13. That song and his upcoming album have a similar theme, he said: Remember what God has done.  

“You were once a dead man walking,” he said. “You may be going through struggles and hardships. Yet look what God has done. He’s been faithful.” 

EDITOR’S NOTE — Michael Foust covers the intersection of faith and entertainment as a media reviewer for The Alabama Baptist. He also is the husband of an amazing wife and the father of four young children.