Contemporary Christian artist Jeremy Camp's tour stops April 2 in Chattanooga

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Mar. 26—After two years of essentially not doing what he's known and loved for a couple of decades, contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp is ready to get back out on the road and perform in front of live people.

He'll do so with a rejuvenated heart and focus on what is important: his family, his health and his faith.

"During the pandemic, everything slowed down," he said. "Not just the work, but internally."

Like everyone else, he said, he had to find ways to work through things for himself and to "also be there for other people."

Things haven't always been easy for Camp, who grew up in Lafayette, Indiana. He met his first wife, Melissa Henning, while at Bible college, and the two became friends, but then ended their relationship.

He managed to win her back, only to find out a short time later that she had ovarian cancer. She took chemotherapy during their engagement and married while she was in remission. The cancer returned, and she died in 2001.

Camp wrote "I Still Believe" shortly after her death, and the song went to No. 1.

He included the song on his first album, "Stay," released in 2002 and met Adrienne Liesching while promoting the album. They married in 2003 and have three children, Bella, Arie and Egan. Bella, now 17, recorded her first song, "Carry You Through," last year.

"I Still Believe" is the name of his latest tour, which will stop at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, and it works as well today as it did 20 years ago, he said.

"The last two years have been hard on everybody, but it's time to get out and sing," he said.

Camp is the title holder for solo artist with the most No. 1 singles on the Christian Airplay chart. He has 41 No. 1 hits across all formats and more than 1 billion streams. He's earned a Grammy nomination, three American Music Award nominations, five Dove Awards and four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Awards.

Opening acts are Riley Clemmons and Jordan St. Cyr. Clemmons is a 21-year-old singer from Nashville with more than 210 million global streams and 50 million YouTube video views. She came into the public view with the release of her debut single, "Broken Prayers." St. Cyr, 30, of Manitoba, has been nominated for eight GMA Covenant Awards and won five: Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Pop Song of the Year.

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