Steven Curtis Chapman brings ‘Songwriter Nights’ on the road with latest tour

Imagine a group of songwriters in a circle, sharing their music and stories.

It’s nights like these Steven Curtis Chapman enjoys near his home in Nashville, Tenn.

“It’s a unique Nashville experience,” he said during a recent phone interview. “We’ll get a bunch of songwriters in a circle and go down a line and tell stories. I always felt it would be cool to take this kind of experience on the road. This latest album of mine revisited songs from the past years and stories connected with these and how these songs have evolved in my life as something even more significant.”

Chapman’s “Songs and Stories” tour with Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson will be at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville Feb. 17 and Journey Community Church in Olmsted Falls on Feb. 19.

You can buy tickets for the Westerville concert here and the Olmsted Falls concert here.

With Chapman’s wife, MaryBeth, being from Springfield, he says Ohio concerts are a homecoming to him.

“We’ve made a lot of trips to Ohio,” he said. “It really feels like a second home to me. It’s a special place to me with a lot of friends and family. I always look forward to coming back to Ohio.”

Chapman, who is marking his 25th year in the music industry, said he likes how his audience has changed.

“This has been really fun to watch,” he said. “I’m seeing two to three generations at the concerts. This is as cool as it gets. You see parents and grandparents singing along with ‘More To This Life’ and having couples who have been married for 20 years sharing that they’ve had ‘I Will Be Here’ played during their wedding. I’s been incredibly humbling to think you’ve been part of their journey that long. I’ve been blessed. And with a song like ‘Cinderella,’ I’ll see dads and their little girls sometimes dressed up in their princess costumes while sitting with their dad. There’s a lot of emotion.”

We’ll share more of this interview here in future music columns.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Tuesday’s View From The Pugh column features national pop culture notes with a focus on faith items. E-mail
viewfromthepugh@yahoo.com to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

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Posted on February 7, 2012, in Faith events, Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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