The Morning Thing celebrates Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman has made history! When his latest song, “Don’t Lose Heart” hit #1 on the Christian Adult Contemporary Charts, Steven set a record. He now has 50 #1 Songs!
Steven is the only Christian artist to achieve this record. He is one of only 4 artists in ALL genres of music to achieve this accomplishment. He is in a group with Conway Twitty, Madonna, and George Strait.

Steven shared his thoughts about making history.
“I’m completely blown away by the support for this song and for my music, even after so many years,” Chapman says. “To ever have a No. 1 song at radio as an artist/songwriter is a dream come true, and to have 50 is simply unbelievable! This only happens because of an amazing team and a community of friends around me who have believed in the unbelievable. I’m grateful and humbled beyond words.”

Steven’s legacy goes way beyond songs on the radio. Steven is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist. Click HERE to see a timeline of Steven’s history.

Part of the Chapman story includes adoption. They experienced the miracle of adoption in welcoming three daughters home from China. After the adoption of their first daughter, Shaohannah Hope, in 2000, the Chapmans desperately wanted to do something about the millions of waiting children still in need of loving families.From this simple calling, Show Hope was formalized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in February 2003 with a mission to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption.
Click HERE to find out more about this amazing ministry.

Steven’s story took a drastic turn on May 21, 2008. Maria Sue Chunxi Chapman died from her injuries and blood loss in a driveway accident that happened eight days after Maria’s 5th birthday.
He shares his story in a recent I Am Second film. Click HERE to hear from Steven.

Maria’s Big House of Hope was named in honor of Maria Sue Chapman. Six years after Maria’s death, her legacy continues to transform the lives of orphans with special needs. The sights and sounds of laughing children that echo throughout the hallways of Maria’s Big House of Hope are very much a glimpse of God’s redemption…of his bringing beauty from ashes.
Click HERE to find out more about this special place that provides a loving family atmosphere and comprehensive medical care, including physician oversight and surgeries.

Steven Curtis Chapman is beginning his next chapter. He has released a new album, Still.
He is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with:
– 50 #1 singles
– 59 GMA Dove Awards
– 5 GRAMMY Awards
– an American Music Award
– sold more than eleven million albums with ten RIAA-Certified Gold or Platinum albums


WNZR honors the life and legacy of Steven Curtis Chapman!

(Years listed reflect when the album was released. The songs with an asterisk * have the year when WNZR added the song to our playlist.)

*1988 – His Eyes

*1988 – My Turn Now

*1989 – I Will Be Here

*1989 – More To This Life

1989 – Love You With My Life

*1990 – For The Sake Of The Call

*1990 – No Better Place

1990 – What Kind Of Joy

1990 – Busy Man

1990 – When You Are A Soldier

*1992 – The Great Adventure

1992 – Go There With You

1992 – Where We Belong

*1994 – Heaven In The Real World

1994 – Dancing With The Dinosaur

1994 – King Of The Jungle

*1995 – Christmas Is All In The Heart

*1995 – Heartbeat Of Heaven

*1995 – The Mountain

1995 – Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds

*1996 – Lord Of The Dance

*1996 – Signs Of Life

1996 – Hold On To Jesus

1996 – Free

*1997 – Let Us Pray

*1997 – Not Home Yet

*1998 – I Will Not Go Quietly

*1998 – Treasure Island

*1999 – Fingerprints Of God

*1999 – Speechless

*1999 – Still Called Today

*1999 – Dive

1999 – Be Still And Know

1999 – The Invitation

*2000 – Great Expectations

*2000 – The Change

*2001 – Live Out Loud

*2001 – God Is God

*2002 – All About Love

*2002 – Magnificent Obsession

*2003 – Moment Made For Worshipping

*2004 – All Things New

*2004 – Much Of You

2004 – Believe Me Now

*2008 – Yours

*2011 – Do Everything

*2012 – Christmas Time Again

*2013 – Love Take Me Over

2019 – Dive (feat. Ricky Skaggs) (from Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows album)

*2022 – Don’t Lose Heart

It’s A Comeback Morning!


Today on the Morning Thing, we shared stories of Tragedy turned to Triumph from some of your favorite artists and the songs that they inspired.

Although it was written a few years prior, Natalie Grant’s More Than Anything became her “anthem” during her cancer scare. Click HERE to hear Natalie talk about the story behind the song. Click HERE and HERE to read about Natalie’s cancer scare and how God lead her through.

Citizen Way’s Ben Calhoun wrote their song When I’m With You about the miscarriage of their son, Jeremiah. Click HERE to hear Ben talk about how God brought the Calhoun family through one of their darkest times.

Jeremy Camp wrote the song I Still Believe about the tragic loss of his first wife, Melissa, to cancer. Although his faith was tested, God helped him rise above it. Click HERE and HERE to read more.

Danny Gokey also lost his wife during a routine heart surgery right before he began as a contestant on American Idol, which inspired the song Hope in Front of Me. Read about how God used the death of Danny’s wife Sophia HERE and HERE.

Steven Curtis Chapman tragically lost his five-year-old adopted daughter Maria when she was accidentally struck by her brother’s car in the family’s driveway. And yet he managed to rise above it and wrote the song Heaven is the Face. Click HERE to read more.

Mandisa wrote her album Out of the Dark about the aftermath of the death of her friend Kisha. Kisha’s loss to breast cancer nearly lead Mandisa to end her own life, but you can read about how God used those around her to lead her out of the dark HERE. Mandisa had also been praying for her brother’s salvation for decades. When he finally accepted Christ, she wrote the song Good News. Listen to her talk about the song HERE.

for King & Country’s Joel Smallbone dealt with an illness that put him out of commission for months and could have taken his life. As a result, the brothers wrote the song Shoulders. Click HERE to hear them talk about the song and HERE to read more.

Ryan Stevenson, a former EMT, definitely knows what it’s like to be in the Eye of the Storm. Click HERE to hear him talk about the story behind that song.

Plumb dealt with debilitating anxiety while growing up and still struggles with it today. She also saw her marriage come back from the brink of destruction through the grace of God. All this inspired her to write her song Need You Now. Click HERE to hear her talk about the song and HERE to read more about how God brought her through heartache.

Take heart and be encouraged, for God is with you!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

-Deuteronomy 31:6

As always, thanks for listening!

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