Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.) is a Christian singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and author. Chapman also hosts the Gospel Music Channel show, "The Best of the Dove Awards." He continues to tour with his sons, Caleb and Will.
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.
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 for 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 an album. This continuation won Chapman more GMA Awards, and also an award from American Songwriter magazine for Songwriter and Artist of the Year.
Chapman continued to enjoy success with albums like “Heaven in the Real World,” “Signs of Life,” and “Speechless.” In 2001, with the release of “Declaration,” Chapman got more attention in the Billboard 200 Albums chart. That album, along with 2003's “All About Love,” peaked in the Top 15. The follow-up, “All Things New,” made it to #22.
Chapman has also released three Christmas albums, beginning with 1995's “The Music of Christmas.” In 2005, he released “All I Really Want for Christmas,” and this was followed by a re-release of “The Music of Christmas” in 2004, distributed only at Hallmark Cards 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 released “This Moment,” which included the hit singles "Cinderella" and "Yours," in October 2007.
In April 2008, Chapman was awarded a star on Nashville's Walk of Fame for his contributions in Christian music.
On November 3, 2009, Chapman released his seventeenth album “Beauty Will Rise.” Many of the songs from this album are inspired by the death of his daughter, Maria Sue. He claims that the songs on the album are his "personal psalms."
To date, he has sold more than ten million albums (including two certified platinum albums, seven certified gold albums), and has had 46 #1 Christian radio hits.