Chapman Builds Total As The Winningest Artist In Dove Awards History

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Steven Curtis Chapman Takes Home 58th Career Dove Award for “Christmas Album of the Year” with JOY

The Glorious Unfolding makes impressive debut, “Love Take Me Over” breaks into Top 10 at AC Monitored

Nashville, Tenn. (October 17, 2013) – Five-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman took home the “Christmas Album of the Year” GMA Dove Award earlier this week for his album JOY. This marks Chapman’s 58th career Dove Award, more than any other artist to date.

The award comes on the heels of Chapman’s first full-length studio album release in seven years, The Glorious Unfolding. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and received widespread critical acclaim. In addition to a number of 5 star reviews, Beliefnet.com championed the album as “a mixture of everything that makes [Chapman] great. It’s honest, raw, clever, powerful and even playful…it is uplifting in a way only someone who has dealt with tragedy and loss can truly express it in words.” Rhapsody called the album “a return to the upbeat pop [Chapman] does best.”

The success of the album continues to shine through on the first single “Love Take Me Over,” which garnered 42 radio adds on its first week, one of Christian music’s highest add dates of 2013. The single has held strong at the No. 3 spot on the Christian AC Indicator chart, recently broke into the Top 10 on Christian AC Monitored and peaked at No. 8 on the National Christian Audience chart. Chapman is supporting the single and album by partnering with KLOVE, The Joy FM and WAYFM to give fans the chance to win a trip to his New York City Carnegie Hall show in February 2014.

“The Glorious Unfolding Tour” kicked off earlier this month to three sell-out shows in Texas. A west coast run continues this weekend and then capacity crowd concerts with Chapman, Laura Story and Jason Gray are expected on the run through November 24. For current information on the tour, visit StevenCurtisChapman.com.

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards was held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The entire event will be televised exclusively on UP Television Network on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 PM ET.

About Steven Curtis Chapman:
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold nearly eleven million records including two RIAA certified platinum albums and eight RIAA certified gold albums. Along with his five GRAMMY® awards and 16 nominations, Chapman has won an American Music Award, has recorded 47 No. 1 U.S. radio hits and been awarded 58 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his recording career began in 1987, Chapman has recorded seventeen projects. He has performed at the White House and has appeared on multiple national programs via CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CMT, FOX News, the Hallmark Channel and E!, including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Fox & Friends, Huckabee, CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and more. Chapman and his wife Mary Beth created Show Hope after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China in 2001. The ministry’s goal is to raise awareness about orphan care as well as to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption. Now celebrating its 10th year of service, Show Hope has provided adoption grants to more than 4,000 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Visit www.ShowHope.org.

  • Lilly Pegourie

    This is $$$ driven not message driven. Determined in world or Christian music the bottom line determines who is “hot” or not. Recent country tour concerts are $25 or less upcoming concert is $50 PER person in a church, no overhead. Not affordable for most adults would not pack an arena and no families or teens.
    Having lost children group of parents can’t go, no group prices but based on &50 would not be considered then because egos are more important.

    • Lora Friesen

      I don’t know about all Christian artists, but when SCC came to Kansas, much of the proceeds went to our local charity organizations. The first three rows were 100% donated to the local women’s shelter, and a percentage of the rest of the seats to an educational organization of some sort for children. He is NOT about the money. If you look it up, your local christian radio station should be able to tell you. I’ve seen him help too many to peg him as greedy.

      • Lilly Pegourie

        It is all general admission; the contracts through the booking agents drives it. We have had numerous ones; this does not happen. Being involved in radio stations and various planning across the years, the entire industry is just set up this way It is just fact. Nothing is ever done for charity unless is it a charity event. A recent concert by another well known artist, at the end of the night he got the entire proceeds – nothing was left for the church at all. The bioking agent got his fees upfront; the artist got all moneies collected for offering and all sales. That is general rule. In awards they are driven by the publicists; producers; artists and those are the voters, which in turn is driven by sales dollar. It i basically a business. These are not about availability or people being able to come. They cannot pack out, and do not pack out anything bigger than about 1000 seats. Other bands like Mercy Me, small bands barely known come to the small srenas of 3000 or more and pack it for tickets of under $30. Just facts if yiu would liketo look at Billboard and the trade publications which tract these. You would be surprised. Many of the churches on this tour are having tickets in teh $20 range but the larger cities are all in the $50-60. Not possible for kids.

        • Wendy Baird Packard

          Humm Christian artist or not, he has to feed his family. Pay for the equipment, the band, the gas to travel, and I am sure many other things we can only imagine. I just saw the concert in Colorado Springs and would have gladly paid double, we are a lower enlisted Army family and have a very small budget, but will only attend concerts we know will be uplifting and God based. I can tell you this concert was that and so much more. I would and will pay the price requested to see these artist again. I saw SCC several years ago at a conference it was a packed house of 40,000+. Maybe just maybe he plays smaller arenas to connect, and relate better to his audience. In our show it was standing room only and the majority of the tickets were $25.00. Because of this show our family has opened a discussion of adoption and if that is where God is leading us, that, I firmly believe is the mission, never to get rich, famous and profit.

          • Lilly Pegourie

            I not have planned and booked venues, but I also work local venues up to 19,000 people.

            His concert is $50 per person in a local church seating less than 900 people. It is not available for families – and I am well aware of venues, and the requirements even they require tickets because of crowd control. Some artists would even like to have free ones.

            David Jeremiah had a free program at the 19,000 YUM Center last week which was free but everyone had to have a ticket, which was taken at the door, and no ticket, no admission. Only 8,000 showed up but they had to be pre-ordered. That is facility rules, and now true for most.

            We have several venues that seat that, and many less. I have been active in the arts scene since 1980 and the local country artists, are $28 last week for Dierks Bently and I do not know the names of female group opening for him.

            The Broadway shows, seldom are more than $50, with various prices for days/times.

            Mark Lowery was here Sat. night in a major venue seating several thousand, sold out for $25 tickets.

            This is unusal – but the awards, while voted on by industry and artists are not voted on by individuals are fans – I stand by what I say and being in and around it, close to many in Nashville, and having 2-3 major concerts; plays; activities going in this town – Keith Urban next week; Selena Gomez last week; Taylor Swift; Elton John, Cirque Sol Lie (sorry don’t know how to spell it) none were that high and all in the 19,000 seat arena. Disney on Ice of course and major chldren’s things and Barnum Circus not included.
            The concerts listed in other churches were listed at $35 for artist circle — understandable — Carman was here in August $225 including meet and greet $20; $10; Sandy Patti at a bigger church than where this is next week — NONE have ever been this high – and those of us who belong to a support group having lost children cannot afford to take those who have and never have heard any kind of Christian music.

            So I stand by what I say

    • MBChappy

      1. This article was celebrating SCC business accomplishments.
      2. I agree, my husband is hot, and always will be, even when he’s 80!
      3. Lots of overhead, if you only knew.
      4. Not every ticket is $50. That’s just silly.
      5. My husband has no ego, he is humble and cares deeply about hurting people.
      6. Please be kind and

    • zmomma

      Lilly, I’m so sorry that you feel this way and wonder where your information came from. I have attended several of SCC’s concerts over the past 25 years, and they have always been the most affordable. He also comes across as the most sincere and down-to-earth artist I’ve ever seen, and it is hard to fake that level of sincerity (not that some of the other Christian artists don’t seem sincere).
      This week I will attend his Glorious Unfolding concert for $15, and it includes performances by Laura Story and Jason Gray in addition to SCC. By the way, I am just a regular fan who has no connections with SCC and wouldn”t be able to attend if not for the low cost.
      — Be mindful that the cost depends on the venue, and the venue takes a huge chunk of the money. (I know this because my sister worked as a venue coordinator for several years, although not related to SCC). Christian artists have the same costs as secular artists, yet SCC’s ticket prices (even if $50) are much lower. When you add the cost of overhead (travel expenses, hotel costs, equipment, insurance, ticket printing, etc etc), he only brings home a small portion of the revenue. We have to remember that he has a responsibility to provide for his family.
      – Perhaps you can convince a church in your area (large enough to accommodate a crowd, in order to meet overhead costs) to host one of his concerts in the future.
      I hope this helps. : )

      • Lilly Pegourie

        I not have planned and booked venues, but I also work local venues up to 19,000 people.

        His concert is $50 per person in a local church seating less than 900 people. It is not available for families – and I am well aware of venues, and the requirements even they require tickets because of crowd control. Some artists would even like to have free ones.

        David Jeremiah had a free program at the 19,000 YUM Center last week which was free but everyone had to have a ticket, which was taken at the door, and no ticket, no admission. Only 8,000 showed up but they had to be pre-ordered. That is facility rules, and now true for most.

        We have several venues that seat that, and many less. I have been active in the arts scene since 1980 and the local country artists, are $28 last week for Dierks Bently and I do not know the names of female group opening for him.

        The Broadway shows, seldom are more than $50, with various prices for days/times.

        Mark Lowery was here Sat. night in a major venue seating several thousand, sold out for $25 tickets.

        This is unusal – but the awards, while voted on by industry and artists are not voted on by individuals are fans – I stand by what I say and being in and around it, close to many in Nashville, and having 2-3 major concerts; plays; activities going in this town – Keith Urban next week; Selena Gomez last week; Taylor Swift; Elton John, Cirque Sol Lie (sorry don’t know how to spell it) none were that high and all in the 19,000 seat arena. Disney on Ice of course and major chldren’s things and Barnum Circus not included.
        The concerts listed in other churches were listed at $35 for artist circle — understandable — Carman was here in August $225 including meet and greet $20; $10; Sandy Patti at a bigger church than where this is next week — NONE have ever been this high – and those of us who belong to a support group having lost children cannot afford to take those who have and never have heard any kind of Christian music.

        So I stand by what I say

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        • Lilly Pegourie

          I meant $25 for Carman not 225…I not have planned and booked venues, but I also work local venues up to
          19,000 people.

          His concert is $50 per person in a local church seating less than 900
          people. It is not available for families – and I am well aware of venues, and
          the requirements even they require tickets because of crowd control. Some
          artists would even like to have free ones.

          David Jeremiah had a free program at the 19,000 YUM Center last week which
          was free but everyone had to have a ticket, which was taken at the door, and no
          ticket, no admission. Only 8,000 showed up but they had to be pre-ordered.
          That is facility rules, and now true for most.

          We have several venues that seat that, and many less. I have been active
          in the arts scene since 1980 and the local country artists, are $28 last week
          for Dierks Bently and I do not know the names of female group opening for
          him.

          The Broadway shows, seldom are more than $50, with various prices for
          days/times.

          Mark Lowery was here Sat. night in a major venue seating several thousand,
          sold out for $25 tickets.

          This is unusal – but the awards, while voted on by industry and artists are
          not voted on by individuals are fans – I stand by what I say and being in and
          around it, close to many in Nashville, and having 2-3 major concerts; plays;
          activities going in this town – Keith Urban next week; Selena Gomez last week;
          Taylor Swift; Elton John, Cirque Sol Lie (sorry don’t know how to spell it) none
          were that high and all in the 19,000 seat arena. Disney on Ice of course and
          major chldren’s things and Barnum Circus not included.

          The concerts listed in other churches were listed at $35 for artist circle
          – understandable — Carman was here in August $225 including meet and greet
          $20; $10; Sandy Patti at a bigger church than where this is next week — NONE
          have ever been this high – and those of us who belong to a support group having
          lost children cannot afford to take those who have and never have heard any kind
          of Christian music.

          So I stand by what I say

          In a message dated 11/4/2013 2:33:37 P.M. US Eastern Standard Time,.

    • Lim Chee Peng

      I feel sorry for you. You don’t know what nonsense you are talking about.

  • Tammy Ricci

    Hi, would like to know how I may get a chance to win a trip to SCC concert in NYC at Carnegie Hall?