Something 'New" from Chapman 

Christian hitmaker at Alltel.

CHAPMAN: Stilll passionate.
  • CHAPMAN: Stilll passionate.
Contemporary Christian pop-rock star Steven Curtis Chapman, whose latest hit album is “All Things New,” returns to Central Arkansas for concert at Alltel Arena on Saturday, Dec. 11. Alongside are breakthrough group Casting Crowns and artist/ worshiper Chris Tomlin. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $22.50 in advance and $24.50 the day of show and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, through charge-by-phone at 975-7575, or at the arena box office (975-9000). Chapman has 47 Dove Awards, four Grammys, an American Music Award, two platinum and seven gold albums, sales of 9 million albums and 41 No. 1 radio hits. “I’m scratching my head over this as much as anybody. I have made more records than most artists ever do in their whole career, and I realize what a gift this is,” Chapman says in press material. “But the truth is, at 41, I’ve never been more inspired, compelled, excited and passionate about making music as I have been in the last year.” Chapman went through a difficult period three years ago when he lost his voice for three months. It turned him to reading books, including John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life,” which led him to write eight new songs, some he ended up putting on “All Things New,” including “Big Story” and “Much of You.” Chapman, citing Elton John’s musical influence, spends more time on the piano on his latest work, and his vocals mirror the pop styles of John Mayer and Coldplay. Casting Crowns, created as a student praise band in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1999 and led by youth pastor Mark Hall, have stormed on the scene this year with their debut album on the Beach Street Records label. Hall, the group’s lyricist, won a Dove Award in April for songwriter of the year. The group, nominated for three other Dove Awards, including best new artist and best pop/contemporary album, features five men and two women, and the music hints at the modern-rock influences of Matchbox 20 and the pop-rock of Hootie and the Blowfish. Chapman co-produced the group’s debut record.

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