Two GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artists, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, join forces for the “The United Tour” which kicks off October 9 in Columbus, Ohio and concludes in St. Augustine, Florida on November 8.
This unique tour showcases two of Christian Music’s most recognized and beloved artists. Together, Chapman and Smith have garnered a staggering eight GRAMMY ® awards, 96 Dove Awards, 77 No. 1 singles and more than 30 Gold and Platinum albums. The idea for the tour came together shortly after Chapman and Smith spent time together in the UK working on the “Compassionart project” that brought more than 10 of Christian Music’s most revered singers, songwriters and worship leaders together to write and record a collection of songs, for charity.
Both artists will perform music from their current and upcoming albums: Chapman’s This Moment (10/23/07) and Smith’s A New Hallelujah (10/28/08). This also marks the first tour for Chapman since his family’s loss of their daughter Maria.
Pre-sale tickets for this landmark tour are available now on each artist’s fan-sites: www.michaelwsmith.com and www.stevencurtischapman.com. In addition, Smith’s long-time ministry partner, Compassion International (www.compassion.com) and Chap! man’s adoption ministry Shaohannah’s Hope (www.shaohannahshope.org) will benefit from the tour. (For further information on how to support either cause, please visit their respective websites.)
“THE UNITED TOUR” Fall 2008 dates are listed on our CALENDAR.
Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.
About Steven Curtis Chapman:
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold over ten million records including two RIAA certified platinum albums and seven RIAA certified gold albums. Along with his Dove and GRAMMY ® awards, Chapman has won an American Music Award, has recorded 44 No. 1 US radio hits and been awarded 54 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded sixteen projects with Sparrow Records.
He has performed at the White House and has appeared on multiple national programs via CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel and E!, including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and more. More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth created Shaohannah’s Hope after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. For further information on Shaohannah’s Hope the adoption ministry of Steven Curtis Chapman, please visit: www.stevencurtischapman.com.
“Yours” will be the third single off This Moment with an additional verse recently written and recorded that allowed Chapman to acknowledge his experience with losing a child. “Yours” follows the hit Christian and mainstream single “Cinderella” a song written by Chapman compelling us to cherish every moment to the fullest with those that we love, especially our children.
About Michael W. Smith:
Throughout his 25-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 20 albums have garnered multiple honors including an American Music Award, 3 GRAMMY ® Awards (from 13 nominations), 42 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and 33 No. 1 radio hits. In addition, he holds 16 Gold and 5 Platinum albums for career sales approaching 15 million.
Smith has scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been featured by media outlets including, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, FOX and Friends, Hannity and Colmes, USA Today, NY Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, Newsweek, has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People and has presented multiple times on the GRAMMY Awards show. His tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world. Constantly giving back to the community, one of his current projects is Rocketown - a nightclub for teens in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. - which serves as safe place for young people to enjoy music and for artists to be discovered. He is married to Debbie Smith and they are the proud parents of five children.
Michael W. Smith’s 21st album, A New Hallelujah, was recorded live before more than 12,000 in attendance with a choir of 250 and a few very special guests including The African Children’s Choir and worship leader Israel Houghton. A New Hallelujah releases on October 28, 2008.
Smith’s first worship album, simply titled Worship, released on September 11, 2001 and has sold more than a million-and-a half copies. It’s follow up Worship Again released September 19, 2002 and is nearing the 800,000 mark.
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