Christian Music’s Steven Curtis Chapman Suffers Devastating Tragedy

Filed under: Events — @ May 23, 2008

Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman with Maria

One of those benefits I had when I worked in the Christian music industry in the 1990′s included meeting the top artists in the world of Christian music. And if you think Christian music is just a bunch of boring hymns and sappy twangy ballads, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing. The rise of contemporary Christian music in the early 1990′s brought us some truly amazing artists with a heart for God and reaching the younger generation with music that appeals to them. The biggest names included dc Talk, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, The Newsboys, Jars of Clay, and so many more I could just keep naming. But one man stood above the rest when it came to excellence in creating engaging Christian music–Steven Curtis Chapman.

Here’s an old photo of (fat) me and SCC in the late 1990′s

When the infamous Columbine shootings happened in April 1999, I was in Nashville, Tennessee for Gospel Music Association week where Steven was scheduled to attend to promote his new album entitled Speechless. But as soon as he heard about this tragedy in Littleton, Colorado, Steven canceled his promo tour with the Christian music industry to offer words of comfort and solace for the families of the victims singing a song he was inspired to write for them called “With Hope.” That’s just the kind of person Steven Curtis Chapman is and he has always been there to offer the peace that passes all understanding for grieving victims of life’s circumstances.

That’s why it pains me today to report that Steven’s 5-year old adopted daughter from China was killed yesterday when her older brother accidentally backed into her with the family SUV. Steven and his wife Mary Beth have three biological children as well as three adopted children from China. The news of Maria’s sudden and tragic death is stunning and a reminder of the fragility of life.

Click here to learn more about this heart-wrenching tragedy, see a darling video of Steven Curtis Chapman with Maria just one month ago, and hear the irony in the story behind his latest song “Cinderella” which he wrote for his little girls for his latest CD.


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