NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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. To stream or download Deeper Roots, click HERE.
“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. 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!’” said Chapman.
“After the first listen of ‘Dive,’ I felt all the elements were in place for a chart-topping single. SCC surrounded himself with some of Bluegrass Music’s most respected musicians, delivered a powerful vocal and then added Ricky Skaggs to complete the offering. There are, no doubt, more music fans familiar with Bluegrass Music now, because they already loved Steven Curtis Chapman. And I, for one, can’t wait for more!” added Cindy Baucom, Knee Deep In Bluegrass.
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. To stream or download A Great Adventure, click HERE.
DEEPER ROOTS: WHERE THE BLUEGRASS GROWS TRACK LISTING
1. Where the Bluegrass Grows
2. Dive featuring Ricky Skaggs
3. ‘Til The Blue featuring Gary LeVox
5. Victory in Jesus featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.
6. Great is Thy Faithfulness featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.
7. My Redeemer is Faithful and True
8. How Great Thou Art featuring Jillian Edwards Chapman
9. Life is Like a Mountain Railroad featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Without Him featuring Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.
12. Be Still and Know featuring Caleb Chapman
13. I’d Rather Have Jesus featuring Herb Chapman Sr.
SCC SOLO TOUR DATES:
May 16 The Brown Theatre on Broadway – Louisville, Ky.
May 17 Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, Wis.
May 18 The Blue Note – Columbia, Mo.
May 19 Lexington Opera House – Lexington, Ky.
ABOUT STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN:
In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, selling more than eleven million albums and with ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. He has been on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes,” E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” “CBS This Morning,” and “The Tonight Show,” Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze,” along with appearing in the pages of People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and more. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans.