Chapman Celebrates 49th Career No. 1 Hit
Five-time GRAMMY-winner Steven Curtis Chapman earns his 49th career No. 1 as his single “Dive,” featuring Ricky Skaggs, from his new album Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows tops the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay chart. “Dive” was originally released on Chapman’s GRAMMY-winning album Speechless. The new rendition features a “driving bluegrass beat” and “that distinctive Steven Curtis Chapman sound” (Bluegrass Today/John Lawless).
Deeper Roots recently returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart following its chart-topping release week debut. Chapman reached a new career milestone with Deeper Roots as the 13 track collection landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart.
“Twenty years ago I wrote and recorded a song called ‘Dive’ and had the amazing good fortune of having it go to No. 1 on the Christian Radio chart. I re-recorded it recently in the style of the Bluegrass music I first heard as a boy in Kentucky with fellow Kentuckian and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs,” Chapman states. “It just went to No. 1 on Bluegrass Radio chart! I’m blown away and so grateful to everyone who has helped give this song a 2nd life! I’m still ‘Divin’ In!'”
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts also joined Chapman on the project that follows his 2013 Billboard No. 1 Bluegrass Album Deep Roots, released exclusively with Cracker Barrel. Billboard exclusively premiered a first listen to “‘Til The Blue” featuring LeVox. The heartfelt song was written by Chapman, Lori McKenna and Barry Dean.
The homage to Chapman’s rural Kentucky roots, which showcases the platinum-selling singer-songwriter’s “effortless ease with which he segues into the bluegrass genre, picking and grinning with the best of them” (Andrew Greenhalgh/CCM Magazine), includes a mixture of familiar hymns like “Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad” and “I’ll Fly Away,” fan-favorite hits including “Cinderella” and brand-new songs such as “‘Til The Blue” and “Where The Bluegrass Grows.” Deeper Roots was produced by Chapman and Brent Milligan, engineered by Milligan and Brent King, mixed by Milligan, King and Sean Moffitt and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters.
Chapman is also celebrating his life story with his new CD and DVD offering, A Great Adventure Live Solo Performances of Timeless Hits, available now. The Gaither Music Group project was recorded at Gaither Studios in Indiana and hosted by Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Bill Gaither. A Great Adventure is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and is available worldwide in Christian and general market retail and digital outlets.
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