Steven Curtis Chapman
Almost 30 years ago, Steven Curtis Chapman toured Australia for the first time.
His Real Life Conversations tour saw him perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Nambour, Launceston, Canberra and Warrnambool.
The promoter pitched him as an artist with a “strong contemporary pop feel” akin to Huey Lewis & The News.
Since then, Chapman has become the most awarded artists in Christian music history.
He’s received 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, numerous # 1 singles, and has sold more than eleven million records!
His best known songs include I Will Be Here, More To This Life, and The Great Adventure.
Now, Steven’s taken the step to share his life story with his memoir, Between Heaven & the Real World.
It’s been described as a “backstage look” at the down-to-earth performer whose music has touched all our lives.
Steven says it’s like a journey walking in his shoes!
Steven says he’s told his story as a ‘memoir’, rather than as an ‘autobiography’ as the format is closer to how he writes his songs.
Steven says writing his story was gut wrenchingly honest as he re-lived some painful memories about the loss of his daughter, and some other challenging experiences.
Chapman says writing the book was more than just a kind of therapy for him; it was a revealing look at how God was present throughout the difficult times in his life.
Between Heaven & the Real World – the memoir from Steven Curtis Chapman – is available in paperback.
Finally, in our running story about worship albums hitting the mainstream charts over the past few months, this week, three titles are in the ARIA Top 50.
Hillsong Worship’s Let There Be Light re-enters the survey at #15. Spending its ninth week in the top 50, the album was last in the chart at the end of January. It previously peaked at #2.
And Young & Free’s Youth Revival Acoustic has re-entered at #43.
Then debuting in the ARIA chart at #33 is There is A Cloud, a live album from the American contemporary worship group, Elevation Worship. It’s the group’s second album to hit the ARIA chart. Their first, Here As In Heaven hit the Top 50 in February last year.