Speaking Louder Than Before

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Speaking Louder Than Before
Speaking Louder Than Before album.jpg
Studio album by Jeremy Camp
Released November 25, 2008
Recorded May 2008
Genre CCM, pop rock
Length 48:46
Label BEC Recordings
Producer Brown Bannister
Jeremy Camp chronology
Beyond Measure
(2006)
Speaking Louder Than Before
(2008)
Jeremy Camp Live
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[2]

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 #38. The album's first single, "There Will Be a Day", was released to Christian radio two months before, and became a number one hit by the end of November[citation needed].

Background[edit]

In May 2008, Camp went in to 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.[3] He co-produced the album with Brown Bannister.[4]

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."[5][6] 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."[4]

Promotion and release[edit]

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.[3] The song was digitally released on September 23.[3]

The album itself was subsequently released in the United States on November 25, 2008.[7] It debuted at #38 on the Billboard 200, with 32,700 copies sold in the first week.[8] 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.[9] "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.[10]

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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jeremy Camp. 

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "Slow Down Time"   4:34
2. "Capture Me"   4:05
3. "Speaking Louder Than Before"   3:26
4. "There Will Be a Day"   4:39
5. "I Know Who I Am"   3:37
6. "I'm Alive"   3:49
7. "You Will Be There"   3:42
8. "Healing Hand of God"   4:24
9. "So in Love"   4:48
10. "My Fortress"   4:19
11. "Giving You All Control"   2:51
12. "Surrender"   4:32
13. "Christ Is Come" (iTunes Bonus Track) 3:44

Credits[edit]

  • 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
Production
  • Produced by Brown Bannister
  • Co-produced by Jeremy Camp
  • Executive Producers: Brandon Ebel & Tyson Paoletti
  • Tracks recorded by Steve Bishir
  • Recording assisted by Colin Heldt & Mike Carr
  • Overdubs recorded by Brown Bannister
  • Additional Engineering & Digital Editing by Billy Whittington, Kent Hooper, Ron Robinson, Craig Swift & Dave Dillbeck
  • 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

Awards[edit]

In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christianity Today review
  2. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  3. ^ a b c "Jeremy Camp Is Speaking Louder Than Before On November Release". BREATHEcast.com. September 18, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Jeremy Camp speaks louder than before with new release". Christian Today. November 25, 2008. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ Andree Farias. "Jeremy Camp – Speaking Louder Than Before". Christianity Today. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ Kim Jones. "Jeremy Camp – Discography". About.com. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Jeremy Camp – Speaking Louder Than Before". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ Katie Kasty (December 3, 2008). "Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris For No. 1 Debut". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Jeremy Camp’s Album Charts On Billboard 200 With Personal Best Debut". YourMusicZone. December 4, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Christian CHR National Airplay". R&R. December 5, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  11. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)