Steven J. Camp (born April 13, 1955) is an American contemporary Christian music
artist with an adult contemporary pop sound. He sold more than a
million albums. He also has written or co-written 21 number one singles
since his debut in 1978 as a solo artist. Today his popularity continues mostly in his Christian writing addressing current trends and matters of Reformed Theology. He started Audience One Ministries and has a blog covering Christian music, biblical study, reformation, and revival.
He is well known for his strong view that Christian musicians are called to make direct, uncompromising music that confronts the world with the message of the Scriptures. In the tradition of Martin Luther's 95 theses, Camp sent out his own 107 theses on Reformation Day (October 31), 1998, calling for a reformation in contemporary Christian music.
Camp attended Roosevelt University, where he majored in Musical Composition and Theory. He studied under Professor Dodds, a protegee of George Gershwin. He also studied Business Law/Music at the College of DuPage. Camp is theologically Reformed, in the tradition of John Owen, Jeremiah Burroughs, Thomas Watson, Dr. John F. MacArthur, Dr. D.A. Carson, Dr. R.C. Sproul and the late Dr. Stephen Olford. In the late 1970's, he began a longtime relationship with a then-unknown Rob Frazier, a one-time Petra member, who co-wrote songs for Camp's own albums. Camp was reunited with Frazier on Frazier's 1992 compilation Retrospect, on which Frazier and Camp sang duet vocals for the song Why, Why Why? Camp also had a long-term friendship with Scott Wesley Brown, and he played acoustic guitar and sang backups on Brown's 1977 album, I'm Not Religious, I Just Love The Lord, one year before he went on his own. Five of Camp's albums "Sayin' It With Love (1978), "Start Believin'" (1980), "For Every Man" (1981), "Only The Very Best" (1983), and "It's A Dying World" (1984) have never been released on CD.
Prior to becoming a conference speaker and lecturer, Camp was a popular Contemporary Christian Music singer-songwriter. He released his first album in 1975 for CBS Records, his first and only secular label. In 1977, he signed a recording contract with Myrrh Records, releasing several songs as a solo artist. In 1983, Camp signed a contract with Sparrow Records, with whom he released nine successful albums. On his first album, Fire and Ice, Camp paired up with Michele Pillar to sing Love's Not A Feeling. In 1989, Camp released his 10th studio album, Justice, on which he recorded a duet with BeBe Winans, entitled Do You Feel Their Pain? After Camp's contract with Sparrow ended in 1992, he signed with Warner Alliance, with whom he released 2 albums. On his 1993 release Taking Heaven By Storm, Camp teamed up with veteran keyboardist and songwriter Michael Omartian, and together they produced a series of No. 1 hits in a single year (1994), including a contemporary remake of The Lord's Prayer. Later that same year, he released a worship-themed project titled Mercy in the Wilderness.
Along with other popular contemporary Christian artists of the 1980s, Camp made several front covers of CCM Magazine, World Magazine, and Christianity Today, among many others. At the same time, he also wrote several articles for leading Christian publications, in addition to giving numerous interviews on Christian radio. After recording several albums, Camp began attending Christian conferences and making frequent guest appearances at Christian colleges. In 1996, he was an honorable invitee at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Conference, where the Cambridge Document was drafted. One year later, he was spotted in 1997 at the Summit on Church Music Ministry held at Cedarville College in Ohio, contending for sound Biblical theology in Christian music. In the fall of 1998 he once again appeared in Ohio, this time in Celina at a benefit for Harbor House Maternity Home, a Christian home for pregnant teens. 440 people were present to hear Steve do four songs, including Keith Green's "Asleep in the Light" and Camp's own "He's All You Need." He followed up his first set of songs with an even more passionate exhortation, possibly causing some in attendance to be a bit uncomfortable with Camp's straightforward approach to his messages: they must do everything possible to save the unborn and be seen as proactively pro-life.