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Steven Curtis Chapman

Biography

With a method that crosses ’70s-style light rock and roll and orchestrated pop, Steven Curtis Chapman continues to be probably one of the most prominent performers of contemporary Christian music because the ’80s. Created and elevated in Paducah, Kentucky, Chapman discovered to try out several tools while going out in his father’s music shop, excelling at acoustic guitar and piano. As a guy, he enrolled like a pre-med college student at Anderson University in Indiana. He quickly decided to go after a music profession and lowered out to visit Nashville, where he started employed in a music display at Opryland USA. You should definitely carrying out, he was occupied writing tracks, an art he discovered from his dad. Among Chapman’s music was recorded from the Imperials, a prominent gospel group, marking the start of his songwriting achievement; a lot of gospel and country’s brightest superstars, including Sandi Patti, Billy Dean, Glen Campbell, and Roger Whittaker, possess gone to record Chapman’s music. Although a number of different brands and music web publishers were thinking about him by 1987, he made a decision to sign using the main Christian music firm Sparrow. That calendar year he trim his first record, First Hand. The very first one released in the album, “Weak Times,” managed to get to number 2 on the modern Christian graph. His second record, 1988’s TRUE TO LIFE Conversations, gained him four even more hits, like the number one melody “His Eye.” Co-written with Adam Isaac Elliott, it gained the Contemporary Documented Song of the entire year award in the Gospel Music Association in 1989. That calendar year, he also won a GMA prize for Greatest Songwriter of the entire year. Released afterwards that calendar year, his third record, More to the Life, included four number 1 strikes and in 1990 gained him an unparalleled ten nominations on the GMA Awards (he gained five). His following album, With regard to the decision, which included five number 1 singles and gained him another slew of GMA honours and his initial Grammy in the very best Pop Gospel Record category, just strengthened his placement as the ruler of Christian music. In 1992, Chapman produced a successful bet to attract a far more mainstream market with THE FANTASTIC Experience, which also gained a Grammy, and its own accompanying title monitor video. When Sparrow Information was bought by EMI/Liberty, they started marketing the record in discount shops, and in 1993, it proceeded to go silver. Also released in 1993 (both being a video and Compact disc), The Live Experience gained more GMA honours and also gained Chapman a fresh honor from American Songwriter journal, Songwriter and Designer of the entire year. Chapman released his seventh recording, Heaven in real life, in 1994 and embarked on a significant tour. In 1996, Chapman released Indications of Life, that was followed 3 years later on by Speechless. Though Chapman’s albums got always completed well for the Billboard CCM graphs, in 2001, following the launch of Declaration, he actually began to obtain even more interest at the top 200. Both it and 2002’s ABOUT Like peaked in the very best 15, and his 2004 record, EVERYTHING New, managed to get to quantity 22. In Sept 2005, with time for the vacation time of year, Chapman released All I MUST SAY I Want for Xmas, and the next yr Musical Blessing arrived. Beauty Will Rise, a tribute created within the wake from the loss of life of his girl Maria, found its way to 2009. Pursuing 2011’s Re:Creation, he remaining his longtime label Sparrow Information and authorized with Reunion Information, which released Pleasure, Chapman’s third Xmas recording, in 2012. His 1st recording of all-new materials in four years, The Glorious Unfolding found its way to 2013, with another seasonal recording, Christmas Hymns, carrying out a year later on. After almost three years of documenting, he released his 1st worship recording, Worship and Believe, in 2016.

Quick Facts


Full Name Steven Curtis Chapman
Profession Actor, Author, Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Music artist, Social activist
Education Georgetown College, Anderson University, Belmont University
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Beth Chapman
Children Maria Sue Chapman, Will Franklin Chapman, Caleb Stevenson Chapman, Shaohannah Hope Chapman, Emily Elizabeth Chapman, Stevey Joy Chapman
Parents Judy Chapman, Herb Chapman
Siblings Herb Chapman Jr.
Awards Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, American Music Award for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist
Music Songs Cinderella, I Will Be Here, Do Everything, Love Take Me Over, Live Out Loud, Fingerprints of God, Glorious Unfolding, Miracle Of The Moment, Spring Is Coming, When Love Takes You In, Be Still and Know, Heaven Is The Face, Not Home Yet, His Strength Is Perfect, Something Beautiful, For the Sake of the Call, Warrior, Dive, Lord of the Dance, Let Us Pray, Much of You, Go There With You, God Is God, Going Home for Christmas, SEE You in a Little While, Our God Is In Control, With Hope, Only One and Only You, Michael and Maria, Jesus Will Meet You There, This Baby, More to This Life
Albums Worship and Believe, Speechless, The Music of Christmas, The Glorious Unfolding, This Moment, Beauty Will Rise, All I Really Want for Christmas, All About Love, The Live Adventure, Real Life Conversations, Heaven in the Real World, More to This Life, Re:creation, The Great Adventure, Deep Roots, Declaration, Signs of Life, First Hand, For the Sake of the Call, Joy, Greatest Hits, Christmas Is All in the Heart, Musical Blessings, The Abbey Road Sessions/The Walk, All Things New, # 1's Vol. 1, # 1's Vol. 2, Christmas Hymns, Safe In the Arms EP, Now & Then, The Ultimate Collection, The Early Years
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song, Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Movies Christmas Child, Steven Curtis Chapman: Live, Ring the Bell, WOW #1s, Treasure of Jesus, Only Getting Started: Instructional Dance Video in Pop Style
TV Shows Disney's House of Mouse, Song That Changed My Life


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#Fact
1 Touring with Michael W. Smith on the United tour. [February 2009]
2 Released "Declaration" on Sept. 28, debuted # 22 on the top 100 [November 2001]
3 His daughter Emily Elizabeth Chapman married Tanner Thomas Richards on October 4, 2008. They met on a blind date on May 17, 2007.
4 Steve has become a grandfather for the first time after his daughter Emily gave birth to a baby girl Eiley Eliza Richards in Belfast Northern Ireland November 10,2011.
5 His eldest daughter, Emily, 22, married her longtime boyfriend, Tanner Richards, on October 5, 2008.
6 Wrote the song, Cinderella, which was inspired by his late daughter, Maria.
7 His daughter, Maria (who was 5), was accidentally struck and killed by a SUV driven by her brother, Will Franklin, on May 21, 2008 near Nashville, Tennessee.
8 Met his wife in college. They shared the same campus mailbox. Upon meeting he joked, "Wouldn't it be funny if we got married? You wouldn't have to change your last name."
9 More Dove Awards then any other artist with 50 as of 2006.
10 5 time Grammy Winner.
11 Actor Robert Duvall appeared in his video "I Will Not Go Quietly" from the movie The Apostle (1997)
12 Has six children, daughter Emily Elizabeth, sons Will Franklin and Caleb Stevenson, and three adopted daughters from China: Shaohannah Hope Yan, Stevey Joy Ru and Maria Sue.
13 Album "Declaration" debuted # 22 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2001
14 Has a record 33 # 1 songs in Christian Music


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Second Chance 2015/IV lyrics: "I Will Be Here" - as Steven C. Chapman / music: "I Will Be Here" - as Steven C. Chapman
War Room 2015 performer: "Warrior" / writer: "Warrior"
Saving Christmas 2014 performer: "Christmas Time Again" / writer: "Christmas Time Again"
Facing the Giants 2006 writer: "Voice Of Truth"
Touched by an Angel 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Apocalypse: Caught in the Eye of the Storm 1998 Video performer: "No Better Place" / writer: "No Better Place"
The Apostle 1997 performer: "I Will Not Go Quietly" / writer: "I Will Not Go Quietly"
The Surrogate 1984 writer: "The Walk"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ring the Bell 2013 Pastor Steve
Christmas Child 2004 Michael Curtis
House of Mouse 2001-2002 TV Series Thomas O'Malley
Doc 2002 TV Series Daniel Parson
The Jungle Book: Rhythm 'n Groove 2001 Video Game voice
WOW Hits: The Videos 1999 1998 Video

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Night of Joy 2005 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself - Singer
39th Annual GMA Dove Awards 2008 TV Special Performer
The Best of the Doves Marathon 2007 TV Movie Himself - Host
An American Wedding 2005 TV Series Himself
Night of Joy 2005 TV Movie Himself
35th Annual GMA Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Howard Stern 1997 TV Series Himself
Steven Curtis Chapman: The Walk 1997 Video Himself
CCM-TV 1996 TV Series Himself
Steven Curtis Chapman: The Live Adventure 1993 Video Himself
A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World 1993 TV Special Himself

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#Quote
1 I can't put it into words, but I've picked up a lot of little orphan boys and girls over the years, I've never had anything happen to my heart like what happened when I held this little girl in my arms for a few minutes.
2 [When he wasn't planning on doing another album, when in fact songwriting made him heal]: Songs are really cathartic for me, because they force me to put my feelings and thoughts into a capsule and say, 'There it is.'
3 [Of the unorthodox recording method]: It just felt like that's honest. This is life going on. It's the day-to-day pain, just walking the journey.
4 I would hate to be a new artist or writer in town today. But somehow the cream continues to rise. If there's one who's great, he just jumps out of the pack like you can't believe.


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