FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR PERFORMS -
The combination of Christian
rock and blues seems like a musical oxymoron, but five-time Gospel Music
Association award nominee Jeremy Camp knows how to meld the two for rousing
worship. When the Indiana native performed at Trinity with 2004's top-selling
female solo debut artist and fellow GMA nominee, Bethany Dillon, on Wednesday,
March 8, the Ozinga Chapel was transformed into a house of contemporary
praise and prayer.
The acoustic guitarists maintained
a connection with the audience throughout the evening, especially when
he played a blues rendition of Jesus Loves Me. Near the end of his
set, Camp offered up a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.
"I want, no matter where
I am, to be used by God," Camp said. "I want to be a pure vessel."
Camp encouraged the audience
to emulate Mary's actions in Luke 10.
"We need to get it right
and just sit at Jesus' feet," Camp said. "I want to encourage you to get
on your face in front of Jesus and spend time with Him.
"There are some people that
when you meet them, you think to yourself, they must spend time with Jesus.
There's a glow about them. I so badly want to have that reflection," Camp
Camp and Dillon also performed
a duet of My Desire. Dillon, who describes her music as acoustic
folk rock, graced the audience with her new song, You Are on Our Side.
The 17-year-old commented in an interview later in the evening that she
hoped to get across the message that "Christians need to see God as He
"He's more than we expect
and better than we hoped. We'll never be disappointed when we find him,"