Steven Curtis Chapman just released new album, The Glorious Unfolding, which is being described as "a master still creating masterful work," among a slew of other praise.
The record is his first full-length studio album in seven years, and the first single, "Love Take Me Over," recently released to radio and garnered 42 adds its first week out on rotation, making it one of Christian music's highest radio add dates of 2013. Other notable songs from the record include the melodically adventuresome "Glorious Unfolding," high-energy declaration "Something Beautiful," full-orchestrated love song "Together" and many others.
The single is currently no. 3 on the AC Indicator chart, and no. 8 on the National Audience.
The Glorious Unfolding Tour began with three sell-out shows in Dallas, Houston and Lubbock this past weekend.
Chapman will be touring in over 35 cities in support of the album along with worship leader Laura Story and singer-songwriter Jason Gray.
"I'm so excited and honored to have Laura Story and Jason Gray join me on the road," Chapman said in a release. "I can't wait to share these songs live and we're already praying God will use each and every night powerfully. I hope all our friends can make it out."
The national tour run's title presenting partner is Show Hope, a nonprofit organization that restores the hope of families to orphans in distress around the world. In the U.S. Chapman and the tour are also partnering with America World Adoption. Fans can anticipate music from the Steven's new album, including the debut single, "Love Take Me Over," a mixture of his no. 1 singles and other fan favorites in an encouraging night filled with stories, worship and excitement.
Chapman is promoting the single by teaming up with KLOVE, JOY FM and WAYFM to give fans the chance to win a trip to his New York City Carnegie Hall show in February 2014.
"The theme for the new album was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending. Yet a part of the mystery is that He is revealing it in our lives and it's this unfolding, incredible tale of His love for us. This album gave me a chance to tell that, to celebrate loss and hope and new life. For all of that, I'm really grateful," said Chapman in a press release.
The Glorious Unfolding, "centers on the truth that God is at work telling a story through the wonderful and amazing as well as the painful and difficult chapters of our lives," a press release about the album said.
"As I've journeyed through this story, I'm more convinced than ever that God does know the plans that He has for us and He will finish what He started. God is telling an amazing, glorious, epic story. We have to decide if we will trust Him with it," Chapman said.