Jeremy Hoekstra

Jeremy Hoekstra

 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
BandPopAcoustic

As laid-back and inviting as the sandy shores of West Michigan from which he hails, singer/songwriter Jeremy Hoekstra’s casual style bids listeners to be at ease while still compelling them to note his lyrical depth and artistic prowess.

Biography

As laid-back and inviting as the sandy shores of West Michigan from which he hails, singer/songwriter Jeremy Hoekstra’s casual style bids listeners to be at ease while still compelling them to note his lyrical depth and artistic prowess. Terry Deboer of Spotlight Magazine writes, “Jeremy Hoekstra…often has a light-hearted manner …but he also has a serious side that points to his desire to produce quality art with integrity.” Hoekstra’s “desire to produce quality art” can be seen in how he has fused his love for simple, thoughtful music, like that of influences such as Glen Phillips, Nickel Creek and James Taylor, with his passion for the melodic rock sounds of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, Mat Kearney, Coldplay, Counting Crows and Travis. In all of his work, Hoekstra’s easy voice and clear melodies weave effortlessly through his medley of eclectic instrumentation that nods at influences rooted not only in ‘90s rock and roll, but also in jazz, folk, bluegrass, and pop.

Hoekstra’s musical quality, versatility, professionalism and ability to relate to people in their individual circumstances, musically and otherwise, have garnered him audiences at over 40 performances in coffeehouses, clubs and festivals in 2007, and the demand continues. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mat Kearney, Griffin House, Jon Troast and Josh Schicker. To answer the demand, Hoekstra not only continues to tour, but he also just released his sophomore project, Awake and Waiting, in the fall of 2008. With song styles ranging from pop/rock to acoustic, Awake and Waiting continues to reflect Hoekstra’s varied inspirations and helps define what “singer/songwriter” means for today’s generation of music. This album was preceded in 2006 by his introspective debut album, The Struggle of Hope. This well-received album sold out of its first print run, prompting the release of Awake and Waiting. The progression of his first project to his second “proves [Jeremy’s] talent has grown and developed” (Leslie Speyers, Holland Sentinel, September 18, 2008). Both albums reflect Hoekstra’s desire to create quality music and to offer hope to listeners.

Lyrics

Awake and Waiting

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

It’s finding me and fighting me
All this time waiting here
Consume my mind, Pursue my heart
Resume control, I’m awake

Chorus:
I’ll go
I will run, I will chase
Whatever you’ve got
The rest of my life
Here it comes
I’m awake and waiting

I’m all for truth, I’m all for love
It’s in my hands, Renew me
I’ll go that mile, I’ll jump that high
Forgive my doubt, I’m breathing

Bridge:
I don’t know where we’ll go
But you will show
All we’ll need is all we’ll see
I will sing of everything…everything…cause you’re everything

I’m running fast, I’m holding on
The course is set, Take me
It’s in the air, It’s all around
Freedom comes, With you

Bring It To The Light

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

What can I do to make you go
What can I say that you won’t know
You still know what I might need to make it through this night

Where can I go that you won’t see
Who can I blame to be set free
You still know what I might need to make it through this night

Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah
Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah

What could you give that I could take
When it’s my soul that is at stake
You still know what I might need to make it through this night

Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah
Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah

Bridge:
Find me somewhere to go to leave this all behind
Tell me that you’ll be there to give me a sign

Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah
Bring it to the light…hey yeah, hey yeah

Still See Me

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

Listen and know me
Come around, don’t go away
It’s not the same when you’re gone
And I know you feel the same way

Take a load off me now
I know you can
I take a look, I’ll rearrange,
anything if it means
I can have you again

We’ll I know I deceive
but I want to believe

Chorus:
In all my ways you still see me
In all my shame you still see me
Everywhere I go you still see me

So I take a quiet look
And what do I find
That everything’s not how it’s supposed to be
And I don’t know if I even have the time

Well I know that I deceive But I want to believe

Bridge:
Where can I run,
There’s no getting out of this
When ignorance is finally my bliss
I’m so foolish when there’s nothing that you miss

I Don't Know Where To Go

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

Come down in the middle of the night
On my knees at the first sign of light
And I don’t know where to go

Broken up from what you said
What I’ve heard and what I’ve read
And I don’t know where to go

Chorus 1:
All I’ve got is in my hands
Not a lot from where I stand
Caught up in the wind and the waves
Want to turn and run to you
No more pain and all things new
I’m holding out for love
to come and save

But it’s right about this time
I feel like I lose my mind
And I don’t know where to go

Chorus 2:
If I could only see your face
Or a stepping stone to another place
Where all this weight
can’t keep me down
Maybe bring it into view
No more pain and all things new
Holding out for love to come and save

After all I’m still a man
Just trying to understand
And I don’t know where to go
I don’t know where to go
I don’t know where to go

All and Everything

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

In the struggle there’s a light
that burns so bright
More beautiful than dreams
When I reach for it I might fall and
I might slip
But it’s worth everything
It breathes life into these bones
Helps me find my way back home
It’s my hope when there’s nothing left

Pre-chorus:
It might seem…a wasted thing
But it’s so clear

Chorus:
I can’t wait if you’re around,
I can’t help but hear the sound
Of angels singing next to me
It’s all and everything
that I can believe

Tap your foot to a tune, with a melody that’s strewn
Across the floor and to the streets
Dance around until you’ve found, what’s coming from the sound
That’s ringing in your ears

Bridge:
You will feel something real
it’s so clear

Carry Me

Written By: Jeremy Hoekstra

You are the God,
You are the Savior
Of the broken,
Of the forgiven

You are a light, You are a hope
In the darkness, For the hopeless

Chorus:
And I fall at your feet
And l cry
And I plea for your love, for you grace
To carry me

You are shelter,
You are a refuge
From the rain,
From the pain

You are an ocean, You are a stream
Flowing with justice,
Flowing with peace

I will wait, I will wait,
I will wait on you
For your voice to ring
For a song to sing
For your love to carry me
Carry me

Discography

The Struggle of Hope (2006)
Awake and Waiting (2008)

Set List

Awake and Waiting
All and Everything
Still See Me
Lying Here In Our Pain
Wonderwall (cover)
Last Stand
Carry Me
One (cover)
All I Got Is You
I Don't Know Where To Go
Walk On the Ocean (cover)
Get Out Of This Town
Bring It To The Light
It's Not The Way It Seems
Take It Away