The reason Jeremy got involved in music was because of what the effects it had on his his heart.
Jeremy went through a season of not following the Lord closely. After a 5 year wrestle with the Lord, his dad asked him to seek the Godly counsel for direction. After this meeting he felt the conviction to lay it all down for the Lord.
Nobody corrects children when they cry, and Jeremy encourages students to enjoy a childhood in God. Not to be fake. A kids job is not responsibility, it is to receive love. There is a season for this in God. Don’t race to be mature in God. Just discover your heart in Him.
Stay impacted. If you want to write great songs you have to be impacted. The discipline of staying inspired is the greatest challenge. Be freshly impacted by God’s love every day.
If you want to grow as a songwriter you have to show your art to others. You have to let pride go and receive from other artists. Exposing your songs to people never gets easy but it is a necessary part of the process.
All of Jeremy’s songs on any record have always gone through the process of community prior to gaining any recognition.
Openness and cultivating with other people are the keys to your song meeting its intended journey and end product.
Strong songs have a thesis, a dominant point. Their core thing that they’re trying to communicate is in the chorus. And the verses are there to build to the chorus.
Great writers aren’t all over the place, they have a point, and the rest of the song points to that message.
Jeremy keeps his iPhone handy at all times, and records his ideas. He listens back regularly and looks for something that speaks to him. He also deletes these files regularly - you have to know what is going to work and what is not.
Find things that keep you inspired, and keep you creative. Make terrible demos, but be creative. Find out what works for you.
Listen back. Lead it. Listen back when you can do it objectively - ie not leading it. Then you can spot the holes and makes necessary adjustment.