UTR: Are there certain songwriters and artists who have been significant influences?
Jeremy: Rich Mullins, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles… I also love Daniel Lanois and Mark Heard. I’m a fan of U2, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. So most of my influences are singer/songwriters but to tell you the truth I just love great songs, whatever the genre.
UTR: A lot has happened in your life since the release of your last album Death in Reverse (which was recently named one of UTR’s Best Albums of the Decade)- can you share some of the highs and lows?
Jeremy: Spirit is written from the perspective of having walked through a really painful divorce. It was six years ago and the Lord carried me and my family so beautifully through that time. So these songs are rooted in the movement of God in my life and I’m reflecting on His presence, strength and faithfulness to me in most of the lyrics.
UTR: How has the emotional and spiritual journey you’ve been on fed into the creation of your new album Spirit?
Jeremy: Gosh, how long do you have? In some ways it’s impossible to verbalize how grateful I am to God for what He has done for me. But here goes… I have since remarried to a wonderful woman named Brooke. She was widowed 12 years ago and raised her three kids primarily in the city up in my hometown of Pittsburgh. When the Lord brought us together, we got engaged and He called us to make a life here in the Nashville area as a blended family. It’s been a beautiful and challenging journey and I tried to capture some of that beauty and mystery in the new songs such as “Many Waters” and “Autumn in Kingston Springs.”