Steven Curtis Chapman was born on November 21, 1962 and is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist.
Since his career began in 1987 as a singer/songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman is recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing more than 20 albums to date. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 57 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 sold more than 10 million albums and claims 8 RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.
Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah’s Hope) The Chapmans created Show Hope in 2001 and launched it in 2003, after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry is a movement to help care for the millions of orphans around the world, helping to provide waiting orphans with forever homes by giving financial grants to adoptive families. To date, Show Hope is an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given more than 3,600 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from 50+ different countries, including the U.S. In addition to giving financial grants, Show Hope also empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts to change the world for orphans. The ministry is proud to celebrate its 10th year of service in 2013. For more information, please visit ShowHope.org.
Chapman was recognized in the Fall 2010 issue of Wood & Steel discussing the new Taylor 714 Signature Series guitar in honor of his youngest daughter Maria Sue. The guitar features the flower from Maria’s picture and the word “SEE” on the 12th fret in Maria’s handwriting.
Chapman performed at the White House and appeared on multiple national programs including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Larry King Live, Fox&Friends, Huckabee, CBS Sunday Morning, and more via CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel and E!.
Over the span of his career, Chapman released 16 studio albums, more than 20 albums total, including 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 46 No. 1 Christian radio hits under his belt.
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