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Born: June 16, 1997
Auckland, New Zealand
Born: January 12, 1978
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Born: April 18, 1990
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Born: October 7, 1979
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Death: February 5, 2001 (ovarian cancer)
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Blue Island, Illinois, USA
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Jean-Luc La Joie
Born: March 18, 1998
Geneva, Florida, USA
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Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Yes. While researching the I Still Believe true story, we discovered that singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp was closely involved in the making of the movie. In fact, the film is based on his memoir I Still Believe, published in 2011. The book offers a more in-depth look at Camp's life, including his childhood, the loss of his first wife Melissa Henning, and his relationship with God.
During an interview with WAY Nation, he described being present for the filming of some of the hospital scenes. "It was not easy," said Camp. "The hospital brings back bad memories for me. At one point, I literally was watching a hospital scene and I broke down. I left."
Yes. Despite some hesitation, KJ Apa recorded his own vocals for the film. Five of the songs he recorded are featured on the I Still Believe Soundtrack. "I'm super uncomfortable when I sing," Apa told People magazine. "I went into the studio in Nashville - I did that first before we shot anything - and I think that really gave me perspective on the film." It also helps that Apa has his own offscreen band, The Good Time Boys.
Of KJ Apa's versions of his songs, Jeremy Camp said on the red carpet, "It was so different because he sounds a lot different than I do, but I think because he did it in his style and his way, he put his whole heart into it. So you actually can feel it. I wasn't disappointed at all, because I felt like it was authentic to him, and it made it feel real. So the songs actually came out still feeling emotional, still feeling raw, and it was good."
Yes. "Long story short, I got a phone call from a friend," says Camp. "They're like, 'Hey, Melissa is in the hospital. She has cancer,' and so I went down to visit her, and I walked in, and [similar to the movie] she said, 'Jeremy, I've been sitting here thinking. If I die from this cancer, but if even one person gives their life to Jesus, then it's all worth it.'" Camp said that those words had an enormous impact on him, that if she was able to bring even one person closer to Christ, then her life was all worth it. Their love for each other was quickly rekindled. "I just knew that she was the one for me, and she felt the same way." They ended up getting married, and according to Camp, had "an amazing, beautiful wedding." -WAY Nation
No. In real life, Jeremy and Melissa were married in a church on October 21, 2000. They sang together at the wedding as Jeremy played guitar.
Yes. The I Still Believe true story reveals that Jeremy's father, Tom Camp, who is portrayed by Gary Sinise in the film, is the pastor at Harvest Chapel in Lafayette, Indiana, the city where Jeremy was born. Tom is the one who taught Jeremy how to play guitar. He is also the one who married Jeremy and Melissa.
Yes. "Things were looking better," says Camp. "She went through the chemo during our engagement." It was at that time that she lost all of her hair, but he says that through it all, she emanated such joy and love for the Lord. Like in the film, Melissa went to see the doctor when they got back from their honeymoon because she had been experiencing stomach pain while they were away. The doctor told her that the cancer had returned and that she had weeks to months to live. -WAY Nation
Yes. For example, KJ Apa's character throwing his Bible is taken directly from the I Still Believe real story. "I would read about how God healed in the Gospels and I would throw my Bible across the room," Camp told CCM Magazine. "I questioned whether God is a loving God. In frustration I would say, 'I don't want to share in your faithfulness because I don't think you are faithful.'" Camp says that he held his belief in Jesus close to him, but he also had unbelief too. "It was a journey, for sure," says Camp. "It wasn't easy - a lot of grieving, a lot of anger, a lot of just, confusion, but God was there every single step" (WAY Nation).
No. In the movie, Camp's father, portrayed by Gary Sinise, offers encouragement to his son after his wife Melissa passes. While the scene in Camp's boyhood bedroom is fictional, Camp said it is "almost like all the things that my dad did and said, it is all summed up in that moment." -WAY Nation
"That was two weeks after she went to be with Jesus," Camp said of when he penned his hit song "I Still Believe". He said that he wrote the song "Walk by Faith" while Melissa was sick, when they were on their honeymoon, which is depicted in the movie. Actor KJ Apa does his own singing in the film, including the song after which the film is titled. The songs sung by KJ Apa are featured on the I Still Believe Soundtrack, including "Find Me In The River", which was also featured in the movie's trailer.
Yes. South-African born Adrienne Liesching (pictured below) had been the frontwoman of the Christian pop-rock band The Benjamin Gate. She met Jeremy while on tour in 2002. According to Jeremy, Adrienne approached him and told him how much his story had affected her. She reminded him of what his late wife Melissa said after being diagnosed with cancer, that if she was able to bring at least one person into the arms of Jesus, then everything she had gone through was worth it. Adrienne told him that she was one of those people who had been touched by Melissa and his story. "She had been struggling and not doing well," Jeremy said of Adrienne, "just really having a hard time, and God used our story to minister to her. So that's how we, in the film, kinda like, we meet." -WAY Nation
Learn more about the I Still Believe movie true story by watching the interviews, music video, and behind-the-scenes featurette listed below.