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Steven Curtis Chapman

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Chapman in a concert

Background information Birth name Born Origin Genre(s) Steven Curtis Chapman November 21, 1962 (1962-11-21) Paducah, Kentucky, U.S. CCM Christian rock Pop singer, songwriter, Record Producer, vocals, guitar, piano 1987–present EMI/Sparrow www.stevencurtischapman.com

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Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.) is a Contemporary Christian musician.

After starting his career in the late 80s as a songwriter, Chapman has turned into one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing more than 20 albums to this date. As of 2007, he has sold more than 10 million albums and has 9 gold and platinum albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards his latest in 2009 - are also an industry record. [1] Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have adopted three children from China and have started a charity organization called Shaohannah’s Hope, which offers grants to qualifying families to help defray the cost of adopting, at home and abroad. He is also one of the members of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?. He, along with his family, attends Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. The church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America denomination. Steven Curtis Chapman was born to Herb and Judy Chapman in Paducah, Kentucky on November 21, 1962. Chapman’s father is a guitar teacher in Paducah, and young Chapman, along with his brother Herb, Jr. grew up playing the guitar and singing. Upon finishing high school, Chapman enrolled as a pre-med student at Georgetown College in Kentucky. After a couple of semesters he transferred to Anderson College in Indiana. However, he soon dropped out and went to Nashville to pursue a career in music. While in Nashville he briefly attended Belmont University. He began working a music show at Opryland USA while dedicating time to songwriting.[2][3] In the 1980s, Chapman wrote a song called "Built to Last," which was recorded by prominent gospel group, The Imperials. The strength of the song prompted him to be signed to a songwriting deal with Sparrow Records, where he rose to prominence. As of 2007, artists like Sandi Patty, Billy Dean,

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Glen Campbell, and Roger Whittaker have recorded Chapman’s songs.[2]

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Really Want for Christmas, and this was followed by a re-release of The Music of Christmas in 2004, distributed only at Hallmark stores. In the Christian video game Dance Praise, four songs from Steven Curtis Chapman are included: "All About Love," "Dive," "Live Out Loud," and "Only Getting Started." The Dance Praise expansion pack, Dance Praise Expansion Pack Volume 1: Modern Worship, adds the following songs to the game: "Children of the Burning Heart," "Let us Pray," "See the Glory," "Fingerprints of God," and "I Do Believe." Chapman also hosts the Gospel Music Channel show, "The Best of the Dove Awards."

First albums
In 1987, Chapman released his first album, First Hand. The album included the song "Weak Days," which peaked at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart. In 1988, he followed with his second album, Real Life Conversations, which earned him four more hits, including the #1 song "His Eyes." The song, which was co-written by James Isaac Elliott, earned the Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year award from the Gospel Music Association in 1989. That year, he also won a GMA Award for Best Songwriter of the Year. After that, Chapman followed with more albums like More to This Life and For the Sake of the Call. All of these albums featured several #1 singles, and were awarded several GMA Awards. The latter also gave Chapman his first Grammy in the Best Pop Gospel Album category. These achievements strengthened his position in the Christian music scene.[2]

Recent years
In 2006, Chapman went on tour to several Asian countries. His website claims his concert for U.S. troops serving in South Korea was the first Christian concert ever performed for the troops in that country, and a concert in Shanghai, China was "the first public performance by a Gospel recording artist event in the city open to China passport holders," and the third-largest concert in Shanghai that spring.[4] The tour also took the artist to Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore. During the same period, his song "The Blessing" reached number one on Thailand radio charts. His number one hit was Dive. In 2007, Chapman co-headlined Newsong’s annual Winter Jam tour with Jeremy Camp. For the tour, he brought his sons’ band, The Following, out on tour to play as his backing band, along with longtime keyboardist Scott Sheriff. Also, Chapman released his most recent album, This Moment, in October 2007. He continues to tour with his son, Caleb. On April 20, 2008, he was awarded a star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame for his contributions in Christian music.

Going mainstream
In 1992, Chapman made a successful shift into a more mainstream audience with his album The Great Adventure. The album garnered Chapman with two more Grammys for the album, and the title track video. After Sparrow Records was purchased by EMI/Liberty, they began to market the album to a broader audience, pushing it to gold status in 1993. The success of the album prompted Chapman to record one of his concerts and release it as The Live Adventure, both as a video and a CD. This continuation won Chapman more GMA Awards, and also a new award from American Songwriter magazine for Songwriter and Artist of the Year.[2] Chapman followed to enjoy success with albums like Heaven in the Real World, Signs of Life, and Speechless. In 2001, with the release of Declaration, Chapman began to get more attention in the Top 200. That album, along with 2002’s All About Love, peaked in the Top 15. The follow-up, All Things New, made it to #22.[2] Chapman has also released three Christmas albums, beginning with 1995’s The Music of Christmas. In 2005, he released All I

Critical reception
As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has 9 gold and platinum albums.[5][6]

Personal life
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Together with minister Scotty Smith, Chapman has authored two books for the adult inspirational market: Speechless (1999) and Restoring Broken Things (2005). Chapman’s song "All About Love" has been featured in commercials for the Fox television show Celebrity Duets. Chapman and his sons recorded under the name of "Stevenson" for the 2003 Veggie Rocks CD. (Song: "I Love My Lips," VeggieTales). Chapman also starred in the 2003 film Christmas Child.

Death of youngest daughter
Chapman’s five-year-old daughter, Maria Sue Chunxi Chapman, was killed in a tragic accident on May 21, 2008.[8] Maria was accidentally hit by her brother driving a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling into the driveway of their home in Franklin, Tennessee, according to Tennessee Department of Safety spokesman Mike Browning. Maria was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. The entire family was preparing to celebrate their eldest son Caleb’s graduation from high school and their daughter’s engagement just hours before the accident. A spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol termed it "a terrible accident," and no charges were filed. Maria was the youngest in the family, and one of three daughters adopted from China by Steven and his wife, Mary Beth.[9] During the memorial service for Maria, in which Pastor Scotty Smith preached, the family expressed their faith in God and their love for each other.[10][11] In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Chapman family began to speak publicly about their loss and the role that faith played in it all. They appeared on Good Morning America, Larry King Live and in People magazine.[12][13] Maria was buried in her flower girl dress as she along with Stevie Joy was going to be a Flower Girl in Emily’s wedding in October.

Chapman and wife Mary Beth as featured in the album The Music of Christmas. Chapman is a devout Christian, and as of 2007, Chapman has been married to Mary Beth Chapman (they shared the same last name prior to their marriage) for 23 years. The couple met in the early 80s at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and married in the fall of 1984.[7] They currently live in Franklin, Tennessee, and have three biological children (Emily Elizabeth, Caleb Stevenson, and Will Franklin). They adopted three young girls from China (Shaohannah Hope Yan, Stevey Joy Ru, and Maria Sue Chunxi). When Steven and Mary were first married, they struggled with finances and turned to God in prayer. A few days before their anniversary, they found out that Mary was pregnant. When arriving home one night, they noticed fire engines outside their apartment, and realized their apartment had burnt down. They had no insurance to cover the cost of damages, and they moved in with friends. Then Sparrow Records noticed Steven’s vocal abilities and signed him. Together, Chapman and his wife have written three children’s books with adoption themes: Shaoey And Dot: Bug Meets Bundle (2004), Shaoey and Dot: The Christmas Miracle (2005), and Shaoey and Dot: A Thunder and Lightning Bug Story With illustrations by Mary Beth’s older brother Jim Chapman (2006). Chapman’s modern fairytale, Cinderella: The Love of a Daddy and His Princess (2008) chronicles and celebrates the blessings of childhood, family, love, and life.

Advocacy and social causes
Chapman and his wife are recognized advocates for adoption. Together, they founded Shaohannah’s Hope, a charity organization which offers grants to qualifying families to help defray the cost of adopting, at home and

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Discography
Chapman has released 16 studio albums, more than 20 albums total in his career, including two Christmas albums, several collections of greatest hits, and a live album. He has sold more than ten million total albums (including two certified Platinum albums, seven certified Gold albums), and has had 45 #1 Christian radio hits.[18]

Studio albums
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • First Hand (1987) Real Life Conversations (1988) More to This Life (1989) For the Sake of the Call (1990) The Great Adventure (1992) The Live Adventure (1993) Heaven in the Real World (1994) The Music of Christmas (1995) Signs of Life (1996) Greatest Hits (1997) Speechless (1999) Declaration (2001) All About Love (2003) All Things New (2004) The Music of Christmas (Hallmark Exclusive) (2004) The Abbey Road Sessions (2005) All I Really Want for Christmas (2005) This Moment (2007) This Moment - Special Edition (2007) This Moment - Cinderella Edition (2008)

Chapman’s first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, was featured on his album All I Really Want for Christmas. abroad. Both were awarded the Congressional Angels in Adoption award by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) in Washington, D.C. in September 2001.[14] Chapman also has promoted the international charity World Vision for at least a decade, currently serving as spokesman for Project Restore, its program serving the U.S. Gulf Coast region in recovery from Hurricane Katrina, in cooperation with the Gospel Music Association. In the late 1990s, Chapman became involved in youth violence prevention efforts following the 1997 Heath High School shooting at his alma mater in West Paducah, Kentucky.[15] Chapman even dedicated a song, "With Hope," from his 1999 album, Speechless, to the families who lost someone in the shooting.[16] In addition, he was asked to sing at the funeral of one of the victims. Chapman later gave a memorial concert, and joined Charles Colson and others in creating a video designed to sensitize teenagers to the signs of serious violence planning among peers, and to encourage them to report plans that are told to them.[17] He has also travelled to Uganda on a few occasions to help with the problem of street children, and to help orphans and adoption organizations. He has played at local churches, including KPC (Kampala Pentecostal Church) in Kampala.

Awards
Chapman’s musical proficiency has earned him 51 music awards. During the Song of the Year presentation at the 1999 GMA Dove Awards, triple NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Darrell Waltrip asked three-time Dove winner Kathy Troccoli if she could relate to the experience of a driver who has tuned his car to perfection, driving well, only to be blown away by another driver who leaves everyone in the dust to steal the win. The songstress responded, "We know the feeling, Darrell. It happens to us every time Steven Curtis Chapman releases a new record!"

References

[1] http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/ article/ ALeqM5iVRNA3I0T4AzsxmNLeA1J9ussl_gD97OJ2MG

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Awards and achievements Preceded by Grammy Award for Best Pop/ Another Time... Another Contemporary Gospel Album Place 1992–1994 Sandi Patti For The Sake of the Call The Great Adventure The Live Adventure Preceded by This Is My Song Deniece Williams Preceded by Worship Again Michael W. Smith Preceded by Avalon Grammy Award for Best Pop/ Contemporary Gospel Album 2000 Speechless Grammy Award for Best Pop/ Contemporary Gospel Album 2005 All Things New American Music Award for Favorite Inspirational Contemporary Artist 2003 GMA’s Song of the Year "The Great Adventure" 1993 GMA’s Songwriter of the Year 1989–1995 GMA’s Songwriter of the Year 1997–1998 GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year 1990–1991 GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year 1995 GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year 1997–1998 GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year 2000–2001 GMA’s Artist of the Year 1990–1991 GMA’s Artist of the Year 1993 GMA’s Artist of the Year 1995 GMA’s Artist of the Year 1997 GMA’s Artist of the Year 2000 GMA’s Artist of the Year 2009

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GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album Succeeded by Hope of the Year Michael English 1992–1993 For the Sake of the Call The Great Adventure GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album Succeeded by The Whole Truth of the Year Point of Grace 1995 Heaven in the Real World GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album Succeeded by Behind the Eyes of the Year Amy Grant 1997 Signs of Life GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album Succeeded by This is Your Time of the Year Michael W. Smith 2000 Speechless GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album Succeeded by Woven & Spun of the Year Nichole Nordeman 2002 Declaration GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recor- Succeeded by "Heaven" ded Song of the Year BeBe & CeCe Winans 1989 "His Eyes" GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recor- Succeeded by "The Great Divide" ded Song of the Year Point of Grace 1993–1995 "The Great Adventure" (with Geoff Moore) "Go There With You" "Heaven in the Real World" GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recor- Succeeded by "Testify To Love" ded Song of the Year Avalon 1998 "Let Us Pray" GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recor- Succeeded by "Redeemer" ded Song of the Year Nicole C. Mullen 2000 "Dive" GMA’s Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year 1990 "I Can See the Hand" (with Jim Chapman III) (recorded by The Cathedrals) GMA’s Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year 1990 "His Strength is Perfect" (with Jerry Salley) Succeeded by ’

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Succeeded by GMA’s Instrumental Album of ’ the Year 2007 ’End Of The Spear Soundtrack (with Ronald Owen, Howell Gibbens, Matt Cody, David Mullen, Jamie Moore, Brown Bannister, Otto Price) GMA’s Praise and Worship Album of the Year 1995 Corem Deo II (with Out of the Grey, Steve Green, Margaret Becker, Charlie Peacock, CeCe Winans, Bob Carlisle) GMA’s Special Event Album of the Year 1996 My Utmost for His Highest (with Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Point Of Grace, 4HIM, Cindy Morgan, Sandi Patty, Bryan Duncan, Twila Paris, Phillips, Craig & Dean) Succeeded by ’

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Succeeded by GMA’s Special Event Album of ’ the Year 1998 God with Us - A Celebration of Christmas Carols & Classics (with Anointed, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Sandi Patty, Chris Willis, Steve Green, Cheri Keaggy, Avalon, Out of the Grey, Ray Boltz, Clay Crosse, CeCe Winans, Larnelle Harris) Succeeded by GMA’s Special Event Album of ’ the Year 2005–2006 The Passion of the Christ: Songs Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Short Form Music Video of the Year 1993 "The Great Adventure" Succeeded by ’

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GMA’s Long Form Music Video of Succeeded by ’ the Year 1994 The Live Adventure GMA’s Long Form Music Video of Succeeded by ’ the Year 1999 My Utmost for His Highest - The Concert [13] Kimball, Josh. Chapman Family Inspires Believers, Non-Believers with Faith in The Christian Post, August 23, 2008 [14] http://www.ccainstitute.org/ membersonly/members/ angelawardrecipients06.pdf National Angels Category, Past Angels in Adoption Award Recipients, 1999–2005 [15] http://www.house.gov/ed_workforce/ hearings/106th/ecyf/schviolence51899/ chapman.pdf Testimony of Steven Curtis Chapman to the Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives, on May 18, 1999 [16] Connection Magazine. "Curtis Chapman". http://www.connectionmagazine.org/ archives_old/curtischapman.htm. [17] Shaohannah’s Hope: [18] Steven Curtis Chapman - Music

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[2] ^ Brennan, Sandra (Allmusic). "Steven Curtis Chapman Bio". http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/ chapman_steven_curtis/bio.jhtml. [3] Personal interview, April 1990 [4] http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/ news/default.aspx?id=332499 News Brief, July 26, 2006 (accessed August 19, 2006) [5] Sparrow Records. "Sparrow Records Artist: Steven Curtis Chapman". http://www.sparrowrecords.com/artists/ biography.aspx?id=67427. [6] http://christianmusic.about.com/od/ musicnews/a/aasccgrammy05.htm Steven Curtis Chapman Wins 5th Grammy at 47th Annual Awards, about.com [7] Brasher, Joan (Spring 1997). "Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman". http://www.christianitytoday.com/mp/ 7M1/7M1022.html. [8] Edwards, Joe. Daughter of Christian Music Star Killed by Car, The Associated Press, May 22, 2008 [9] http://www.accessatlanta.com/ entertainment/content/shared-gen/ap/ Recordings/Chapman_Daughter.html [10] Steven Curtis Chapman’s Daughter Laid to Rest : People.com [11] Chapman family remembers youngest daughter | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean [12] Kimball, Josh. Chapman Family Discusses Tragic Loss in First Public Interview in The Christian Post, August 6, 2008

External links
Steven Curtis Chapman Customizable eCard for "Cinderella" Songtailor: SCC Fansite Live performance of the song Speechless Live performance of the song Cinderella Steven Curtis Chapman’s archive Steven Curtis Chapman’s Greatest Hits The Walk website • Steven Curtis Chapman’s Speechless website • Sparrow Records • Shaohannah’s Hope Adoption Foundation • • • • • • •

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