Steven Curtis Chapman: Songs Take On ‘Deeper Meaning’ Since Loss Of Daughter

Steven Curtis Chapman‘s world changed forever on May 21, 2008 when his five-year-old daughter Maria Sue, was accidentally struck and killed in the family’s driveway by a car driven by his teenage son. The country singer admits there was a time when he couldn’t imagine ever singing again, especially some of his more upbeat songs.

But Steven has a new album, ‘re:creation,’ that features newly-recorded versions of some of his hits that he says has helped him re-examine the emotion behind them. “It felt like I had to put all those away because life has gotten so painful and hard, but when I sing these songs they have a much deeper meaning to me now,” he says.

“So that was the heart behind doing this [album]. It was how can I take some of those songs that have a new meaning to me and kind of reinterpret those, thus the title ‘re:creation.'”

Recording the new album has been a healing process for the whole family – Steven’s oldest son Caleb joins him in singing a cover of Cat Steven’s ‘Morning Has Broken.’ “I was driving one day and I actually heard an instrumental version of it, and it reminded me of when I was a kid singing it in church,” he says. “I heard those lyrics and thought, ‘that’s what is happening with my family.’ Morning has broken and we see that. It’s really a celebration of what I believe is a new morning for us as a family.”

The Grammy-winning artist and his wife Beth have something else to smile about – daughter Emily is set to give birth to their first grandchild in September. “What a beautiful gift for our family, a new beginning just when we needed it,” he says.

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  1. Tara

    I’m so glad you included one of my favorite singers, but he is actually a Christian artist, not country!

  2. Anonymous

    I don’t mean to be unkind because I’m actually quite appreciative of the fact that you are covering a popular Christian artist for a change (and I also love this site very much) but as has been previously pointed out, he is not a country artist. He’s a Christian artist, his wife’s name is actually MARY BETH (she goes by the full name), and his first grandchild is due in NOVEMBER. Kudos for the effort though. I hope you cover more parents from the Christian community!

  3. SarahC

    Love Steven Curtis Chapman. He is indeed a Christian artist though, not a country artist. 🙂

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