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Jeremy Dodge BIO:
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion and love for music. It all started when my dad took me to my first rock concert when I was just 4 years old. Growing up, my parents were later divorced and I lived with my mom who always did her best to raise me in a Godly home. As I came into my teenage years, I became very involved in my church, but when high school hit, I decided to go my own way and pursue my dream of becoming a musician. After several hard years of trying to “make it” I ended up broke, depressed and homeless. Eventually I moved home and after many months of making wrong choices and one late night of partying, I laid on my bed and thought, “there’s got to be more to this life!” I prayed the most ugly prayer in history and told God if He was real, I needed to know. I passed out and woke up completely sober. Completely. I had no desire for any substance at all. I immediately got back into church and within months met my wife. I moved to Utah in 1999 where I’d spend the next 8 years volunteering in my church in several capacities, one of which was youth ministry. I really never had a true desire to teach young people. I wanted to minister to adults and help them with their walk with God, not kids! But, one night I went with my wife into a youth service where a new found love for young people and a heart to see them set on the right path was discovered. After that, it was game over and what was once all about me became all about others and I just wanted to help them however I could.
In 2006, I moved home to Albuquerque where my wife and I became Student Ministry Pastors and have been pouring our lives and souls into young people ever since. I sincerely care for young people. I care about where they are at mentally, physically and of course, spiritually. I care about their safety, education, view points and mentality. I honestly feel there is a generation of young people growing up that are not investigating the things they believe in. Instead, they believe what music artists, the media, their friends and the internet say concerning important subjects like life, religion and politics. This must stop!
One night while watching Glenn Beck on FOX News, I had a sudden urgency come on me to write a political song. I’ve never written a political song and actually had been planning to get into the studio to record a rather bold, in your face song about God. Yet, I knew I had to write this political song instead. As I continued to watch Glenn Beck, I fought the idea about writing it. I thought, “What in the world would I do with a political song?” I knew how strongly I felt about politics and the current condition of our government and nation, but a political song? Finally, I put all doubt aside and picked up a pen and piece of paper. Within literally five minutes, the song was written. I got into the studio immediately and we pumped the song out in less than a couple sessions. With the help of a close friend, I was given the idea to make a video and everything else is history. I’m so stoked about how this song is in some way helping our nation. It’s making a difference.
I wrote “Stand Up” out of pure concern about where our country and the generations coming up in our nation are going and honest conviction and belief in the possibility that it is not too late for the UNITED States of America. That we can and will “Stand Up” and truly be “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” In looking at some of the lyrics from my song, “Stand Up”, I wrote:
“There’s somethin’ happenin’ here.
This is the heart of the song. We Americans have to stop, and really look at what is and has been happening in our nation and government. We must stand up to injustice and unrighteousness and be the strong nation we were founded to be. If I can stand up, anyone can. I’m really hoping and praying that many Americans will join the battle-cry to Stand Up and not back down. We are America.