Steven Curtis Chapman Biography

21 November 1962, Paducah, Kentucky, USA. Since the release of his 1987 debut First Hand Chapman has established himself as contemporary Christian music’s most successful solo artist, winning over 30 Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, and regularly placing number 1 singles on the CCM chart. The son of an amateur songwriter Chapman dropped out of pre-med school in Indiana to chance his arm in Nashville. His songwriting skills were first utilised by gospel act the Imperials, but in 1987, Chapman signed a solo contract with the prestigious label Sparrow Records. A string of number 1 hits followed, beginning with ‘My Turn Now’ and ‘His Eyes’ from Real Life Conversations. In 1989, Chapman was nominated a record 10 times in the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Greater success followed when For The Sake Of The Call was awarded the Grammy for Best Pop Gospel Album in 1992.

The mainstream-orientated The Great Adventure, which dabbled in rock and hip-hop styles, notched up another Grammy and attracted enough attention from the non-Christian market to achieve gold status. The album also helped Chapman win a record six Dove Awards the following year. The attendant live album earned Chapman a third successive Grammy. Heaven In The Real World, which marked the end of Chapman’s partnership with producer Phil Naish, became his first platinum-selling album. Chapman took a well-earned break from music following the release of his Greatest Hits compilation, although he returned to the studio to contribute to the soundtrack of Robert Duvall’s The Apostle and The Prince Of Egypt - Nashville album. Speechless, Chapman’s first new album in three years, was recorded with musicians from his touring band.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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