Releasing his 17th album, Steven Curtis Chapman launched, re:creation, last week with a scheduled meet and greet in Houston.
On Wednesday, he thanked everyone for making this “launch day” so amazing. Tweeting to his fans, “thanks so much to everyone who came to say howdy to me at the “Street-n-Greets”!
Wendy Lee Nentwig, Christian editor at Rhapsody said, “His new album, re:creation, finds Steven Curtis emerging from a family tragedy to revisit some of his classic tunes, giving them a creative overhaul. Time and experience gives these songs new meaning, while Chapman delivers six brand-new tracks.”
While Chapman has always been a champion at making great music, his songs illustrate the personal struggles he has faced. Writing lyrics to heal, dedicating songs to friends, his music exemplifies hope, with encouragement and faith.
In 2008, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth lost their beloved 5-year-old daughter, Maria in a tragic accident. Appearing on Good Morning America, they shared their struggles. Overcoming a family tragedy with blessings of faith, they find comfort by supporting each other, in grief with hope.
The 2008 interview took place in their Tennessee family home, just a few months after Maria’s death.
The Chapman family described the struggles in grieving the death of a child, while at the same time supporting the ones who lived on. “We have talked a lot.” said Steven. “And you will hear all of us talk about the process of grieving with hope. That’s what has kept us breathing, kept us alive is that while we are grieving this process, there is a hope that we have that we’re anchored to in the midst of just what sometimes seems unbearable.”
Steven Curtis Chapman said that the accident made the family question their faith in God. “My son said the other day that, you know, ‘Yeah, we are family.’… But we’re a family with a lot of questions, but that’s what faith is,” he said. “It’s living with the questions. That doesn’t mean you have the answers. That’s exactly what faith is.”
His latest album, titled appropriately re:creation, revisits some old favorites with a different perspective. More than 3 years have passed since the tragedy.
Chapman said, “I felt like this was an opportunity for me to tell people that my family and I really do feel like God is recreating some things in us.”
“I found that since Maria went to heaven, many of the songs that I have written over the years continue to grow in meaning,” Chapman said. “The heart behind doing this was asking, how can I take some of those songs that have a new depth to me and reinterpret those, recreate those? Thus the title re:creation.”
The Songs & Stories Tour will kick off this fall. With intimate gatherings of sharing the songs, Chapman’s tour takes him to Evansville, Indiana on August 19. On August 20, he will perform at DC Fest in Fairfax, VA.
For more information on his tour and the re:creation album, visit StevenCurtisChapman.com.
Steven Curtis Chapman has won over 50 GMA Dove Awards, including seven for “Artist of the Year” and multiple Grammy Awards.