15-Date Tour Features Brandon Heath and Special Guest Jillian Edwards
Nashville, Tenn. (August 28, 2014) —Celebrated multi-award winner Steven Curtis Chapman will usher in the 2014 holiday season with fans on JOY: The Christmas Tour in more than a dozen cities this winter. The tour will feature five-time GRAMMY® nominee Brandon Heath and special guest singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards. JOY: The Christmas Tour will begin in Houston, Texas, November 29 and make its way throughout the East and Midwest until the week of Christmas.
Collectively, Chapman’s Christmas albums have sold nearly 1.5 million copies, and he plans to treat fans to an evening filled with songs from each of his seasonal albums. Selections from JOY, his fourth career Christmas album, released in 2012, will highlight the night, as well as beloved songs from his three previous holiday offerings: The Music of Christmas (1995), the Hallmark exclusive Christmas is All in the Heart (2003) and All I Really Want for Christmas (2005). Fans can also expect some surprises as the award-winning singer/songwriter reworks some of his biggest hits to fit the holiday mood.
Throughout the night, the legendary artist will also be collaborating with his tourmates, Brandon Heath and Jillian Edwards. Heath will perform cuts from Christmas Is Here, his debut holiday effort, which released last year to critical acclaim. Meanwhile, audiences will also have the opportunity to meet Chapman’s daughter-in-law, Jillian Edwards, and hear songs from her forthcoming Christmas EP.
“The Christmas season is my very favorite time of year, and I’m so looking forward to this get-together of friends and family,” Chapman shares. “My band, crew and I have been working on the plan for the tour and the song list, and it’s going to be a great night of caroling, worshipping, storytelling and fun as we celebrate the hope and the joy of our Savior’s birth together. We’re praying God will use this time, and we hope you can join us.”
Show Hope, the orphan care ministry founded by Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, will be highlighted on the tour as the title presenting sponsor for the majority of the dates. In addition, for three cities to close out the run, long-time friends and acclaimed band Third Day will join Chapman as co-headliners on dates in Roanoke, VA.; Augusta, GA.; and Tampa, FL These special nights—billed as “Joy & Worship” dates—will allow the artists to blend Chapman’s Christmas-oriented night with Third Day’s worship-focused set.
For a full list of dates and ticketing information, visit www.stevencurtischapman.com.
ABOUT STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold nearly 11 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, recorded 48 No. 1 U.S. radio hits and been awarded 58 Dove Awards—more than any other artist to date. 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” 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 in its second decade 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.
ABOUT BRANDON HEATH
Since Brandon Heath’s debut on Reunion Records with Don’t Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. Heath has garnered an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY® nominations and an American Music Award nomination. He has been honored as a five-time GMA Dove Award recipient, including Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010), BMI’s 2014 Songwriter of the Year, and multiple additional songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes the No. 1 hits “I’m Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See,” the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year “Give Me Your Eyes” and the eight-week chart topper “Your Love.” Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include Billboard magazine, “CBS Evening News,” Relevant magazine, Wall Street Journal, Discovery Channel and The New York Times. Heath is currently recording his sixth studio album slated for release in early 2015.
ABOUT JILLIAN EDWARDS
Jillian Edwards is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Originally from Dallas, TX, this 25-year old indie songstress’ voice has been compared to angels, with a sound influenced by artists such as Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin and Mindy Smith. Edwards joyfully returned to the studio in the summer of 2013 to begin recording her latest album, Daydream, with producer Joe Causey. The brand-new batch of songs is her favorite project to date and was released March 11, 2014, charting at No. 6 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart its first week out and No. 1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart. Additionally, Ryan Seacrest premiered the song “Gotta Have You” on his radio program, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” sharing Edwards’ music with his millions of listeners around the world. Edwards has opened for a variety of well-respected artists, including Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Ben Rector, David Ramirez, The Civil Wars and Matthew Perryman Jones, among others. Edwards is currently in the studio working on her upcoming Christmas EP for release this holiday season.
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JOY: THE CHRISTMAS TOUR — 2014
*Additional dates to be added. Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.
**Third Day to co-headline with Steven Curtis Chapman.
November 29 – Houston, TX (2 shows) | Bayou Music Center
November 30 – Longview, TX | LeTourneau University Belcher Center
December 2 – Montgomery, AL | Montgomery Performing Arts Center
December 4 – Elmira, NY | First Arena
December 5 – Bel Air, MD | APGFCU Arena
December 6 – Lancaster, OH | Fairfield Christian Church
December 8 – Omaha, NE | Christ Community Church
December 9 – Omaha, NE | Christ Community Church
December 11 – Waco, TX | First Baptist Woodway
December 12 – Dallas, TX | First Baptist Dallas
December 13 – Dallas, TX | First Baptist Dallas
December 14 – Dallas, TX | First Baptist Dallas
December 17 – Warner Robbins, GA
December 18 – Roanoke, VA | Roanoke Civic Center**
December 19 – Augusta, GA | James Brown Arena**
December 20 – Tampa, FL | USF Sun Dome**