The Great Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Steven Curtis ChapmanThere’s so much to be said about Steven Curtis Chapman, and all of it is good, that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Due to a bizarre alignment of circumstances I believer that Steven is one of the few artists who was aware of me before I became aware of him. I know, looking at it from this side of the time-space continuum it’s practically unthinkable. Yet, to the best of my memory, it is true.

Steven was born and raised in Paducah, KY. His wife, Mary Beth is from, I believe, Cincinnati, OH. The two met while attending Anderson University in Anderson, IN. They shared a mailbox because Mary Beth’s maiden name is Chapman. They were married on October 14, 1984. Around that time they moved to Nashville, TN so Steven could pursue his music career. On their trips to visit Mary Beth’s family in Ohio they would pass through Louisville, KY and listen to the Christian radio station where I worked from 1983 – 1988. And that’s how Steven discovered me before I, and the rest of the known world, discovered him.

That confusing cover from First HandSparrow Records signed Steven and released his first album, “First Hand,” in 1987. The combination of fast-talking poorly-enunciaing djs and the cover art for the album led to a little confusion early on. For a few months many people thought that the duo Steve and Curtis Chapman had released an album entitled “No Cars On Pier.” But as the first single, “Weak Days,” stormed up the Christian radio charts the confusion soon abated.

I have been putting off including Steven in this TBT series. Most of the other artists I’ve featured are not nearly as visible in the music world now as they once were. And while he may no longer dominate the charts as he did through the 1990s – 2000s, Steven is still producing music on a regular basis. He just released a new music video in late May 2018.

I couldn’t find any videos from Steven’s earliest albums, but he did release one for the title track of the 1992 album “The Great Adventure.” And he released a 25th anniversary version in 2017. I’ve included both of those as well as the new video, “Remember To Remember,” below.

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