After nearly 20 sellouts during the fall run of “The Glorious Unfolding Tour,” Steven Curtis Chapman will be in Marietta at Piedmont Church on Feb. 21 with special guests The Afters and Josh Wilson.
“I love playing concerts in the South. It’s home for me,” Chapman said. “They are so warm. It’s like playing for good friends.”
Chapman’s recording career began in 1987, and he has sold nearly 11 million records.
A five-time Grammy winner, Chapman was nominated again this year for the No. 1 single, “Love Take Me Over.”
Chapman is also a 58-time Dove Award winner, more than any other artist to date.
“I’m just so thankful that God is still choosing to use me in this way,” Chapman said. “I’m the one who happens to have the pen in my hand as He writes these songs and the guitar in my hand to get to play these concerts where I want to point people to Him.”
Chapman’s latest tour is sponsored by Show Hope, a ministry founded in 2003 by Chapman and his wife Mary Beth.
Show Hope helps to provide waiting orphans with families through grants. The organization has given more than 4,000 financial grants, affecting the lives of children from more than 50 countries, including the United States.
Show Hope’s worldwide impact includes providing for orphans with special needs through Special Care Centers, as well as mission trips to China and Haiti.
In the late 1990s, the Chapmans expanded their own family by adopting three young girls from China.
In 2008, his daughter, Maria Sue Chunxi Chapman, died from injuries after a tragic accident at their Nashville home.
After the death of his daughter, Chapman says the Nashville community rallied around his family with an outpouring of love.
Following the Marietta concert, Chapman will return home to Nashville for a show the next day.
“Nashville is home to so many great musicians, songwriters and producers, that’s why so many of us musical and creative types love to call it home, for Christian and country music,” Chapman said.
Joining Chapman on Feb. 21 will be the energetic pop rock band, The Afters.
The foursome brings a setlist of hits, including their most recent chart topper, “Every Good Thing.” In April, The Afters released their fourth album, “Life Is Beautiful.”
“I’ve been a big fan of this band from the very beginning,” Chapman said.
Concertgoers will also enjoy the music stylings of a man who was born as the son of a preacher in Lubbock, Texas in 1983. By 2008, Josh Wilson has released his critically acclaimed major label debut, “Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup.”
“Josh Wilson is such an incredible man, songwriter and guitar player. He’s such a great storyteller,” Chapman said.
The pop singer-songwriter’s latest release, “Carry Me,” features the newest single, “Pushing Back the Dark.”
“It’s going to be a fun night of stories, songs and worship,” Chapman said. “I’ve got my band with me. We’re rehearsed and prayed up, and I think it’s an energetic, worshipful and compelling concert.”