“THOU SHALL NOT SACRIFICE YOUR FIRSTBORN TO THE GODS OF MOLECH.” (LEVITICUS 18:21)
Singer-songwriter Jamie Kimmett had no idea how much impact this one verse would have on his decision to lay down his own dreams to faithfully pursue a God he once didn’t believe in. This is the story of Jamie Kimmett and God’s constant pursuit on his soul.
Born and raised in the working-class town of Kilmarnock, Scotland, faith didn’t play a part in Kimmett’s life early on. He excelled at soccer, was part of the Scottish National Youth Squad and was even scouted by professional clubs like Scottish champions Celtic FC.
At the same time, music was becoming a serious interest.
“The first cassette I ever wanted was Michael Jackson, Dangerous,” Kimmett shares. “I heard his voice on the radio and said, who is that? I had to have it.”
He taught himself to play guitar, a 16th birthday gift from his father, and entered his town’s Pop Idol contest (a precursor to American Idol in the states). He won the contest, sparking a deeper interest in pursuing music full-time. Due to school schedules, he was forced to choose between sports and music. Giving up sports, particularly when a successful soccer career seemed likely, was difficult, but such was Jamie’s newfound love for music.