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After God's Own Heart (1987)

Updated: Apr 13


After God's Own Heart is the eighth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter

Steve Camp, released in the fall of 1987 on Sparrow Records. The album is produced and arranged by Camp and John Rosasco and mixed by Bill Schnee.


After God's Own Heart is Camp's fourth album on the Sparrow label and is a departure from the pop rock of his previous Sparrow albums and is more adult contemporary. Camp garnered another number one song on the Christian AC chart with the lead single "Whatever You Ask," written by Michele Wagner and Phil McHugh. The song was a multi-format hit also on the Christian CHR and Inspirational charts. Camp records his own version of "Revive Us, Oh Lord," which he co-wrote with fellow CCM artist Carman (who recorded the song on his 1985 album The Champion and became a big Christian radio hit in 1986). The CD version contains a bonus track titled "Hopeless Sinners, Helpless Saints."


The album climbed to the Top 10 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart peaking at number 8. In 1988, Camp earned a Dove Award nomination in their inaugural category of Rock Album of the Year, even though After God's Own Heart is far from being a Christian Rock album.


Track listing on the CD version


1. Come to the Lord (Steve Camp, John Rosasco) -3:24

2. The Church is All of You (Steve Camp, John Rosasco) -5:31

3. Whatever You Ask (Michele Wagner, Phil McHugh) -4:08

4. Who Knows (Steve Camp, John Rosasco) -4:15

5. When I Survey the Wondross Cross (Isaac Watts; additional lyrics by Steve

Camp and John Rosasco) -5:31

6. Nothing to Prove (Steve Camp, John Fischer) -4:41

7. After God's Own Heart (Steve Camp, Rob Frazier, John Rosasco) -5:19

8. If It Wasn't for the Grace of God (Steve Camp, Margaret Becker, John Rosasco)

-4:41

9. Hopeless Sinners, Helpless Saints (Steve Camp, John Rosasco) -5:13

10. Revive Us, Oh Lord (Steve Camp, Carman Licciardello) -5:15

11. Till These Earthly Last Days Shall End (Steve Camp) -4:03


Radio singles

1987 "Whatever You Ask" -#3 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC for 6 weeks

1988 "Come to the Lord" -#Christian CHR, #5 Christian AC

1988 "After God's Own Heart" -#9 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

1988 "The Church is All of You" -#11 Christian CHR, #37 Christian AC


Previous release: One on One (1986)


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