Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Tribute to Steven Curtis Chapman

In asking everyone to pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family on the death of his daughter, I realize some of you may not be that familiar with his music and legacy within the contemporary Christian music industry. In addition to having sold over ten million albums, Steven has also won more Gospel Music Association Dove Awards than anyone in history (over 50 at last count), not to mention his five Grammys.

Generally considered one of the nicest guys in the Christian music scene, he's used his popularity to be an advocate for issues like adoption, Bible translation and concern for prisoners. He's also done some acting and appeared on a number of movie soundtracks. I remember when, a number of years ago, Steven was selected to be one of the presenters when they made the Grammy nominations. They had representatives from the different genres of music and there was Steven Curtis Chapman, the poster boy for nice guy Christians, standing next to Busta Rhymes, the popular rapper. He was bringing light to a mainstream stage and I know that he'll continue to do that with the platform he's receiving now the in midst of this tragedy.

Last year, in honor of winning his 50th Dove Award, a tribute was done in his honor. You can watch the video below to learn a little more about the man. If the video player doesn't show up, you can click here.

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