(RNS) — Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has turn into the primary up to date Christian musician to have 50 chart-topping songs in his musical style.
“Don’t Lose Coronary heart” boosted the longtime performer to the history-making stature of fifty No. 1 radio hits.
“I’m utterly blown away by the help for this music and for my music, even after so a few years,” Chapman mentioned in a press release. “To ever have a primary music at radio as an artist/songwriter is a dream come true, and to have fifty is solely unbelievable! This solely occurs due to a tremendous staff and a group of buddies round me who’ve believed within the unbelievable. I’m grateful and humbled past phrases.”
The primary time Chapman, 60, had a No. 1 music was along with his single “His Eyes” on his 1988 “Actual Life Conversations” album.
Different prime songs had been “Dwell Out Loud,” “I Will Be Right here,” “For the Sake of the Name,” “Dive” and “The Nice Journey.”
Chapman joins the uncommon musicians with 50 or extra prime radio hits of their respective genres, together with nation singers George Strait and Conway Twitty and pop star Madonna.
Chapman’s “Don’t Lose Coronary heart” was launched in 2022 as part of “Nonetheless,” his newest album, and addressed the loss and grief his household has skilled.
In 2008, his 5-year-old daughter Maria was killed in a automobile accident of their household’s driveway.
“Dwelling between heaven and the actual world — that’s form of the place I really feel like I’m proper now, eager for heaven greater than ever now as a result of I consider that’s the place my daughter is,” he informed Faith Information Service in a 2017 interview when he launched his guide, “Between Heaven and the Actual World: My Story.”
“And but (I’m) nonetheless dwelling in a really actual world with unfixable issues and brokenness.”
In February, Chapman launched a brand new model of “Don’t Lose Coronary heart” that includes nation singer Mitchell Tenpenny.
“We’re so honored and excited to be part of Steven’s fiftieth No. 1 music with ‘Don’t Lose Coronary heart,’” mentioned Holly Zabka, president of Provident Leisure/Sony Music, in her firm’s announcement in regards to the artist. “This unprecedented and monumental achievement for Steven is a testomony to the unbelievable artist and songwriter he’s and might solely be outshined by the numerous lives which were modified by his music.”
Chapman additionally has 16 albums listed on the Billboard 200 and has 59 Gospel Music Affiliation Dove Awards — greater than another artist — together with 5 Grammy Awards.
He’s scheduled to start a tour on Thursday (March 2), stopping at two dozen areas through the spring.