Artist Spotlight: Steven Curtis Chapman
By Laura Greenwood
Steven Curtis Chapman is no stranger to the Christian music industry. His career started over twenty years ago, and since then he has been given Grammies and GMAs. He has provided many inspirational and well-known songs such as, “Dive” and “Magnificent Obsession.” Chapman is also well known as a family man, with a lovely wife and many children. However, in May of 2008 Chapman’s world was rocked to its core. His youngest daughter, Maria, was killed in a tragic accident. At only five years old, Maria was laid to rest in a ceremony filled with love, hope, and inspiration.
Following her death, Chapman released “Beauty Will Rise,” in 2009. This album is filled with songs of hope, sorrow, and remembrance. He states in the liner notes that each songs on the album had a personal influence on him and his family during their grieving process. From the title track Chapman sings, “Out of these ashes, beauty will rise.” One receives such hope out of these lyrics. “Jesus Will Meet You There” is another track, which only furthers our hope that Jesus will be there in difficult times.
Chapman’s songs remind us of His love, and how it never leaves us. He has continued his praise by speaking out about his hope in Jesus in his difficult times. He has appeared on numerous morning shows with his family to talk about their loss. One track that simply cannot be missed on this album is “Heaven is the Face”, which seems to be attributed to his late daughter. “Heaven is a sweet, maple syrup kiss. And a thousand other little things I miss with her gone. Heaven is the place where she takes my hand, and leads me to You, and we both run into Your arms.” Hearing this song for the first time brought tears to my eyes, all the while thinking that through it all he relies on God. In our tough times, this song is our inspiration. It’s almost a challenge. He has gone through something so traumatic and still his faith continues. So can’t we do the same?
To learn more about this artist check out at http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/