Steven Curtis Chapman has signed a recording agreement with Provident Music Group and his first release for the label, a Christmas album titled Joy, will hit stores on October 16.
“Steven and I have been friends for many years and I have always respected his character and integrity,” says Provident Music Group President/CEO Terry Hemmings. “He possesses the heart, passion and energy to do the work he’s been called to; not only in music, but in caring for others and utilizing his gifts for so much more. We’re excited to provide him a place to tell his story, while coming alongside him with the resources and channels to allow that story to be heard and experienced by many. We believe this will be a great ‘new adventure’ for all of us.”
“Many know that the last few years have been a difficult journey for my family and me, following the loss of our daughter Maria,” says Chapman. “So many have prayed for us and encouraged us, and having the opportunity to write, record and share this new music really feels like the beginning of a new season…a season of joy.”
In 2013, Chapman will follow up Joy with his first studio release of new material since 2007’s This Moment. His previous label home was the EMI-owned Sparrow Records. Over his 25 year career, Chapman has amassed 46 No. 1 singles, 57 GMA Dove Awards, and 5 Grammys from his 17 albums.