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Song of the week: “Dive” by Steven Curtis Chapman


Song of the week: “Heaven is the Face” by Steven Curtis Chapman

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 to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Skillet, Red to headline PointFest

Skillet and Red are the headliners for PointFest, which will be held Sept. 15 at Cedar Point in Sandusky.

You can find ticket information here.

MALONE ALUMS CONCERT SET TONIGHT – The Malone University Kawfee Haus and Concert Series continues Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. with Leora. Admission is free to Malone students, faculty, and staff; $5 at the door for general public.

Leora (comprised of Malone University alumni Jacob Finn, Andrew Royer, and Mike Coates) is a member of the Christian Artist Association, Nashville, Tenn.

ALSO COMING TO ALIVE – The Alive Festival recently added a three-day parenting workshop with speaker Marsha Snavely as well as a concert from Phil Keaggy.

Alive will be held June 20-23 at Atwood Lake Park in Mineral City. You can find out more about the festival here.

QUESTIONS FOR SCC? – Looking forward to the opportunity to interview Steven Curtis Chapman tomorrow. Do you have any questions for him? Leave them as a comment and I’ll do my best to ask tomorrow.

STUDIO UPDATE – TobyMac is working on his new album.

“I’ve got seven songs I’m happy with but still working on,” he said in a recent newsletter. “I’ve been talking to a few would-be-could-be guest artists, yet to be named, who may appear on the record.”

No official word is available on the release date.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE ISAACS – You can buy tickets for The Isaacs Feb. 2 concert at the Hartville Kitchen here.

NEW MUSIC FROM STARK COUNTY SINGER – Beyond the Rage, a band fronted by Perry Township resident Bill Yarbrough, has released its album “Burn Me Away” on iTunes.

You can check it out here.

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

Alive Festival releases brochure for 2012 event

The Alive Festival has released the brochure for its 25th anniversary festival, which will be held June 20-23 at Atwood Lake Park in Mineral City.

You can view the brochure here.

SKILLET TO HEADLINE WINTER JAM – Skillet will headline Winter Jam, which will be at Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Jan. 28 and The Wolstein Center in Cleveland on Jan. 29.

You can find more information about the tour here.

COURAGEOUS COMES OUT – “Courageous,” the police movie with a strong message on fatherhood, comes out on video Tuesday. You can order it here.

CROWDER ON CCM – The David Crowder Band is on the January cover of CCM Magazine. You can download the issue here.

NEW NEWSBOYS VIDEO – You can see the premiere of the Newsboys “God’s Not Dead” at

UPCOMING CONCERTS – Here is some upcoming concerts and ticket information.

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster will appear 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Basement in Columbus. Tickets

Steven Curtis Chapman will take his Songs and Stories Tour with Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson to
Grace Polaris Church in Westerville on Feb. 17 and Journey Community Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, at 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Tickets for the Feb. 17 concert. Tickets for the Feb. 19 concert.

Michael W. Smith will be at Canton Baptist Temple Feb. 25. Tickets

Phil Keaggy Band, Frankie Starr Band and CChuck Tocco will appear March 3 at C.O.B. (former State Road Theater) in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets

CONGRATULATIONS – Nashville Publicity Group, a Nashville, Tenn., public relations firm specializing in family-friendly entertainment, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Over the past decade, Nashville Publicity Group has represented hundreds of clients, including GRAMMY® Award winning recording artists, leading book publishers, feature films, non-profit organizations and more.

Stream new Steven Curtis Chapman album at Rhapsody

Rhapsody is streaming the entire Steven Curtis Chapman re:creation album a full week before its August 9 release date. Truly a must-hear project, it features six new songs (including the hit radio single “Do Everything”) and eight new recordings of the award-winning artist’s hits entirely re-created, including “The Great Adventure,” “Heaven In The Real World,” “Dive,” and “Live Out Loud.”

Chapman shares more about his new project in this month’s CCM cover story, and Jesus Freak Hideout has declared re:creation “preorder worthy” and says “the ‘re-created’ new songs are wonderful updates.”

The album can be heard here.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Press release from Sparrow Records)

No. 1: Steven Curtis Chapman’s new single can be heard on Facebook

Steven Curtis Chapman will release his new album re:creation, on Aug. 9. The set will feature new songs as well as covers of past hits like “Speechless,” “The Great Adventure,” and “Heaven in the Real World.”

“Because God is faithful, because he is redeemer, because he is all that he promises to be, he is bringing us into a new season as a family,” Chapman recently told The Tennessean for an article. “To begin to make those steps forward is a lot of what this music and this title, re:creation, is about.” Read the full story here.

The first single from re:creation is called “Do Everything” and can be heard on Facebook.