As an artist that has cultivated his passionate artistry into listeners’ hearts for two decades, Steven Curtis Chapman thoughtfully prepares to release his sixteenth studio album and first new project in more than three years on October 23. This musically modern, poignant, personal studio release from the five-time GRAMMY Award recipient and record-holding Dove Award winner is aptly titled, This Moment. Throughout This Moment, Chapman captures the vital importance of embracing the “miracle of the moment,” which is the title of the rightly thematic first single and opening track that went for adds at AC radio on July 20.
Co-produced by Steven Curtis Chapman and Matt Bronleewe (TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Leeland, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay), This Moment was tracked in Los Angeles with a solid studio band whose combined credits include Sting, Paul McCartney, and Sheryl Crow.
Sharing about the thematic foundation for This Moment, Chapman expresses, “I want to remind people that God is more concerned with our day-to-day than we might think. He is not just in the valley or on the mountaintop. He’s on the straight open road, too. I hope we can begin to really experience what He’s doing in this moment.”
Living in the here and now is exactly what Chapman has experienced since his last record, All Things New, which earned his most recent GRAMMY Award. He seamlessly applies his chosen theme across various sonic settings and three distinct areas: family, global mindedness, and worship.
On the touching ballad “Cinderella,” Steven gets caught up in the beautiful moment of a father dancing with his daughter from childhood into adulthood. So personal and so universal, it was the first song written for This Moment. For “One Heartbeat,” he gives his wife and moms everywhere a sweet reminder of their day-in/day-out magnificence.
“After our first trip to China, my wife and I knew our lives were changing—our eyes and hearts were opening to how big God really is, and we have wanted to experience more of that,” Steven says; the Chapmans spent month long stretches in 2006 and 2007 working at Chinese orphanages. “We’ve really wondered whether or not we should just go to China and stay there. But I don’t think so. I believe God is saying, ‘I want you to go, get your heart broken, your eyes opened, and then take this story back to the church in America and around the world.’”
In support of the October 23rd release, Chapman will be hitting the road for his 50+ city “Live in This Moment” tour kicking off September 20th in Grand Rapids, MI closing the year on November 16th in Nashville, TN. The tour will feature rockers Sanctus Real and singer/songwriter Bethany Dillon. Special guest band members include Chapman’s sons Will Franklin (Drums) and Caleb (Guitar), who make a special appearance on This Moment and recently earned their keep and band roles with their dad during the recent Winter Jam tour.
In his iconic musical career, Chapman has won five GRAMMY© Awards, most recently at the 2005 awards for his release All Things New. 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 as well as receiving numerous other honors. Chapman has also been awarded 51 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded fifteen projects with Sparrow Records. He has performed at the White House and has appeared on: CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, Fox News, Hallmark, E!, as well as the CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, among many others.
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