Steven Curtis Chapman
The well-known CCM artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, has had a very successful
career. Not only is he an accomplished songwriter, he has also sold more
than seven million albums, earned 44 Dove Awards, and has won four Grammy
Awards for the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. You might think this
popular artist would be ready for a break, but his success continues with
the release of his twelfth album, "Declaration".
Rather than randomly selecting songs for this project Chapman chose songs
that have a significance in life. Songs of happiness and sorrow, songs
of questions and answers. Chapman wanted songs that would make a specific
statement, or "declaration." In hopes that the listener will gain a clearer
picture of Christ.
Musically "Declaration" builds upon the previous "Speechless" release
by using similar pop elements. However, Chapman steps up to the next level
with more guitar. Chapman loves to play guitars and it comes through on
"Declaration" begins with a creative and energetic "Live Out Loud". This
song expresses a powerful message to "crank up the music and wake the
neighbors," to show your faith to others. "Jesus is Life", flavored with
an 80's sound, is a declaration that Jesus is not just an added part to
life but that Jesus is life. "When Love Takes You In" is a piano driven
ballad about Chapman's experience with his newly adopted daughter, Shaohannah.
A song with a classic electric guitar feel, yet modern appeal, "Declaration
of Dependence", makes a powerful statement that we've been bought with
a price and this life is God's life, not our life (a "declaration of dependence"
rather than a "declaration of independence"). The cd ends with a light
guitar/flute sound woven with powerful violins and an orchestrated feel
titled "Savior". A personal glimpse into Chapman's life and the pain he
has experienced around him and the anger he has felt about that pain.
It's an honest, heart-felt song of a man who has dealt with sorrow in
his life and is tired and weak. It gives a light of hope in a Savior who
can bring life and healing.
"Declaration" is sure to have many songs at the top of the charts, and
if Steven wins another award it's because his music has touched lives
and given many a great hope.