Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.) is a Contemporary Christian musician.

After starting his career in the late 1980s as a songwriter, Chapman has turned into one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing more than 20 albums to this date. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven “Artist of the Year” Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record.

As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has 9 RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.

Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have adopted three children from China and have started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah’s Hope), that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans through its international orphan care work as well as adoption aid grants to help put more orphans from overseas and the U.S. in loving, forever families. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria’s Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. He is also a contributor to Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.

Chapman has released 16 studio albums, more than 20 albums total in his career, including two Christmas albums, several collections of greatest hits, and a live album. He has sold more than ten million total albums (including two certified Platinum albums, seven certified Gold albums), and has had 45 #1 Christian radio hits.

 Studio albums

Estimated sales figures are included in the list.[citation needed]

  • First Hand (1987) – 150,000
  • Real Life Conversations (1988) – 225,000
  • More to This Life (1989) – 525,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • For the Sake of the Call (1990) – 650,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • The Great Adventure (1992) – 700,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • The Live Adventure (1993) – 100,000
  • Heaven in the Real World (1994) – 1,075,000 RIAA Platinum Certified
  • The Music of Christmas (1995) – 600,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • Signs of Life (1996) – 750,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • Greatest Hits (1997) – 550,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • Speechless (1999) – 1,150,000 RIAA Platinum Certified
  • Declaration (2001) – 900,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • All About Love (2003) – 525,000 RIAA Gold Certified
  • All Things New (2004) – 300,000
  • The Music of Christmas (Hallmark Exclusive) (2004) – 400,000
  • The Abbey Road Sessions (2005) – 50,000,
  • All I Really Want for Christmas (2005) – 350,000
  • This Moment (2007)
  • This Moment – Special Edition (2007)
  • This Moment – Cinderella Edition (2008) – 300,000 for all 3 releases of This Moment
  • Beauty Will Rise (2009) running total = 35,743

1st Week Sales = 17,043 2nd Week Sales = 9,895 3rd Week Sales = 8,805

 Awards

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Another Time… Another Place
Sandi Patti
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
1992–1994
For The Sake of the Call
The Great Adventure
The Live Adventure
Succeeded by
Mercy
Andrae Crouch
Preceded by
This Is My Song
Deniece Williams
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
2000
Speechless
Succeeded by
If I Left the Zoo
Jars of Clay
Preceded by
Worship Again
Michael W. Smith
Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
2005
All Things New
Succeeded by
Lifesong
Casting Crowns
Preceded by
Avalon
American Music Award for Favorite Inspirational Contemporary Artist
2003
Succeeded by
MercyMe
Preceded by
“Place in This World”
Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick
GMA’s Song of the Year
“The Great Adventure”
1993
Succeeded by
“In Christ Alone”
Shawn Craig, Don Koch
Preceded by
Larnelle Harris
GMA’s Songwriter of the Year
1989–1995
Succeeded by
Michael W. Smith
Preceded by
Michael W. Smith
GMA’s Songwriter of the Year
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Rich Mullins
Preceded by
Wayne Watson
GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Michael English
Preceded by
Michael English
GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Gary Chapman
Preceded by
Gary Chapman
GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Chris Rice
Preceded by
Chris Rice
GMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Mac Powell
Preceded by
Amy Grant
GMA’s Artist of the Year
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Amy Grant
Preceded by
Amy Grant
GMA’s Artist of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Michael English
Preceded by
Michael English
GMA’s Artist of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
DC Talk
Preceded by
DC Talk
GMA’s Artist of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Rich Mullins
Preceded by
Michael W. Smith
GMA’s Artist of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Third Day
Preceded by
tobyMac
GMA’s Artist of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Go West Young Man
Michael W. Smith
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
1992–1993
For the Sake of the Call
The Great Adventure
Succeeded by
Hope
Michael English
Preceded by
Hope
Michael English
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
1995
Heaven in the Real World
Succeeded by
The Whole Truth
Point of Grace
Preceded by
The Whole Truth
Point of Grace
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
1997
Signs of Life
Succeeded by
Behind the Eyes
Amy Grant
Preceded by
Live the Life
Michael W. Smith
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
2000
Speechless
Succeeded by
This is Your Time
Michael W. Smith
Preceded by
This is Your Time
Michael W. Smith
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
2002
Declaration
Succeeded by
Woven & Spun
Nichole Nordeman
Preceded by
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
1989
“His Eyes”
Succeeded by
“Heaven”
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Preceded by
“Home Free”
Wayne Watson
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
1993–1995
“The Great Adventure” (with Geoff Moore)
“Go There With You”
“Heaven in the Real World”
Succeeded by
“The Great Divide”
Point of Grace
Preceded by
“Between You and Me”
DC Talk
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
1998
“Let Us Pray”
Succeeded by
“Testify to Love”
Avalon
Preceded by
“Testify To Love”
Avalon
GMA’s Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
2000
“Dive”
Succeeded by
“Redeemer”
Nicole C. Mullen
Preceded by
GMA’s Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
1990
“I Can See the Hand” (with Jim Chapman III)
(recorded by The Cathedrals)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
1990
“His Strength is Perfect” (with Jerry Salley)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
2005
“Voice of Truth” (with Mark Hall)
(recorded by Casting Crowns)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Instrumental Album of the Year
2007
End Of The Spear Soundtrack
(with Ronald Owen, Howell Gibbens, Matt Cody, David Mullen, Jamie Moore, Brown Bannister, Otto Price)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Praise and Worship Album of the Year
1995
Corem Deo II
(with Out of the Grey, Steve Green, Margaret Becker, Charlie Peacock, CeCe Winans, Bob Carlisle)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Special Event Album of the Year
1996
My Utmost for His Highest
(with Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Point Of Grace, 4HIM, Cindy Morgan, Sandi Patty, Bryan Duncan, Twila Paris, Phillips, Craig & Dean)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Special Event Album of the Year
1998
God with Us – A Celebration of Christmas Carols & Classics
(with Anointed, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Sandi Patty, Chris Willis, Steve Green, Cheri Keaggy, Avalon, Out of the Grey, Ray Boltz, Clay Crosse, CeCe Winans, Larnelle Harris)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Special Event Album of the Year
2005–2006
The Passion of the Christ: Songs
Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Short Form Music Video of the Year
1993
“The Great Adventure”
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Long Form Music Video of the Year
1994
The Live Adventure
Succeeded by
Preceded by
GMA’s Long Form Music Video of the Year
1999
My Utmost for His Highest: The Concert

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