AU alumnus Steven Curtis Chapman in concert Oct. 6

Sat, 2007-09-15 14:29 -- univcomm
September 15, 2007

AU alumnus Steven Curtis Chapman is returning to AU in concert on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with Sanctus Real in Reardon Auditorium.

The tickets are $25 for Artist Circle, $20 reserved and $18 for students with valid student ID or groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at the Reardon Box Office, by phone at (765) 641-4140 or through TicketMaster.

Chapman attended AU from 1981 until 1984. Professor of Music, Mark Murray was his advisor and had him in several classes.

"He played guitar in Jazz Ensemble and did a fine job. At that time, I usually had 2 guitar players in the band who took turns playing in rehearsals; when Stephen wasn't playing a tune with the band, he always was working silently on guitar to improve his playing or think through the chord progression," said Murray.

Chapman’s fall tour is in support This Moment, his compelling sixteenth studio album and first new project in more than three years. Special guest band members include Chapman’s sons Will Franklin (Drums) and Caleb (Guitar), who recently earned their keep and band roles with their dad during the recent Winter Jam tour.

“I’m so glad the Sanctus guys … accepted my invite to join me on this tour. I love their music, songwriting, and their hearts for Jesus. I’m also humbled at the chance to again get out on the road and share the new music that God has given me. There’s a modern edge to the music, what I hope is a fresh and compelling theme across the songs.” Chapman says.

“My passion in writing, recording and touring continues to be to know God and make Him known, and that’s what each night on this tour is going to be about. That’s our prayer.” Steven also mentions, “I’m not sure words can express how truly excited I am to have the chance to share the stage with my boys. It’s a true career highlight and a dream come true for this proud Dad.”

Wisdom culled from two decades of ante-upping artistry (five Grammy’s, a record-breaking fifty-one Dove Awards) anchors the set in a delightfully confident pop musicality. Meanwhile, the new wonders he’s finding at home and now on the other side of the world add passion and a worshipful air to his thoughtful lyrics.

“After our first trip to China, my wife and I knew our lives were changing—our eyes and hearts were opening to how big God really is, and we have wanted to experience more of that,” Steven says; the Chapmans spent month long stretches in 2006 and 2007 working at Chinese orphanages. “We’ve really wondered whether or not we should just go to China and stay there. But I don’t think so. I believe God is saying, ‘I want you to go, get your heart broken, your eyes opened, and then take this story back to the church in America and around the world.’”

This Moment pointedly contributes to answering that call. What’s more, the call to international outreach has in turn opened the floodgates on the new album’s third distinct element: an outright modern worship music style. Prior to heading out on tour, Chapman traveled to Asia, where he did extenstive extensive work with his family at the local orphanages as well as other Shaohannah’s Hope orphan related efforts.

In his iconic musical career, Chapman has won five GRAMMY© Awards, most recently at the 2005 awards for his release All Things New. Steven Curtis Chapman has sold over ten million records including two RIAA certified platinum albums and seven RIAA certified gold albums. Along with his Dove and GRAMMY© awards, Chapman has won an American Music Award, has recorded 44 No. 1 US radio hits as well as receiving numerous other honors.

Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded fifteen projects with Sparrow Records. He has performed at the White House and has appeared on: CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, Fox News, Hallmark, E!, as well as the CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, among many others.

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