Building on the success of Steven Curtis Chapman’s LIVE OUT LOUD TOUR that hit
33 cities and over 130,000 people in just 8 weeks last spring, he heads out again this fall. The next leg of the
LIVE OUT LOUD TOUR, this time, larger in scope, kicked off in the jungles of Ecuador in early August and will
continue to visit 24 cities in such key markets as Toronto, St. Louis, Kansas City and Philadelphia.
The spring leg, hitting markets such as Houston, Atlanta and Dallas, was truly an experience for all who saw the
show. Besides sell-outs in seven cities, it had near-capacity crowds at every other stop averaging nearly 4,000
per show each night. Numerous comments have been flowing in daily on the impact the tour has made on fans
and the industry alike.
Helping to make the spring tour unlike any other were two very special guests – missionary Steve Saint and
Waodani tribal member Mincaye (I-TECUSA.ORG). Saint is scheduled to appear again this fall and at press time,
Mincaye is expected to again leave his jungle home to join the tour. As featured in USA Today, the show will
continue to share the story between Steve Saint and Mincaye through their own words and a 25-minute
multi-media experience featuring footage from the upcoming film documentary, “Beyond The Gates Of Splendor”
(beyondthegatesthemovie.com) with narration and music from Chapman.
Adding an international element to the tour is its debut in the jungles of Ecuador, as Chapman played three acoustic concerts in Quito, Nemompade and Shell, Ecuador during the first week in August. Special guests Two Car Garage, a two-man band made up of Will Franklin Chapman (drums) and Caleb Chapman (guitar), will back Chapman on these special South American dates. Two Car Garage will not be able to join Chapman (their father) for the U.S. dates due to scheduling conflicts (6th and 7th grade).
The Quito concert, for the people of Quito and for the Waodoni tribe, was held at a church in the city. Chapman then gave a concert in the Nemompade jungle, especially for the Waodoni tribe, as a special thank you to the
tribe for making it possible for Mincaye to be away on the LIVE OUT LOUD TOUR this past spring. The exclusive
Shell concert was for the numerous missionaries based in that city for their outreaches throughout the region, which
is the original base location of the 1956 martyrs.
Sparrow label mate Nichole Nordeman is slated to open again for Chapman for the fall leg. Nordeman will be
performing songs from her first two albums as well as new cuts from her upcoming Sparrow release, Woven & Spun, available September 24th, 2002.
Wycliffe Bible Translators is confirmed as the official fall presenting tour sponsor (www.Wycliffe.org). The ministry endeavors to reach people in every nation through Bible translation in native languages. Founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend, over 500 language translations have been completed and hundreds more are in process.
According to Wycliffe, nearly 400 million people on earth still do not have the Bible translated into their own language, and 3000 languages don’t even have one verse of the Scripture. Currently, Wycliffe estimates it will take one billion dollars and 100-150 years to complete this task. To speed the lengthy process, they’ve taken up a mission they are calling Vision 2025 – a goal to begin translating the Bible into every language by the year 2025.
Wycliffe’s partnership with the LIVE OUT LOUD TOUR will help raise awareness and funds for Wycliffe’s needs to support Vision 2025. It is the Tour’s goal to raise enough money to complete the New Testament in Ecuador’s neighboring countries, the nine remaining language groups in Central America. Fans attending a show this fall are asked to donate $25/month for one year to help meet that goal.
Wycliffe Bible Translators began when Townsend was a missionary in Guatemala. He caught the vision for
translation when a local man challenged him: “If your God is so great, why doesn’t He speak in my language?” Townsend immediately resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language. The ministry was named after John Wycliffe, the Reformation hero who first translated the Bible into English.
Following the highly anticipated release of Chapman’s twelfth album, Declaration on September 25th, which
debuted at number one on the Christian album sales chart and at # 14 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart,
Chapman has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, has been featured in USA Today, Billboard, two music video premieres on the music homepage of WindowsMedia.com and has graced the covers of nine leading Christian magazines. He has been on the Cover of Christian Activities numerous times.
Chapman has sold eight million albums. He has won four Grammy Awards, been awarded with an
unprecedented 47 Dove Awards and has scored 39 #1 singles, the latest #1 radio single is Declaration’s
“Magnificent Obsession.” The next single, “Jesus Is Life,” released to AC and CHR formats last month.
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