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Beauty Will Rise is the kind of artistic statement Steven Curtis Chapman wished he had never made. Conceived in the wake of his daughter Maria's death, it finds the golden child of Christian music in the depth of the valley of the shadow, after more than 20 years of music and ministry spent on every imaginable mountaintop. Covered in sackcloth and ashes, Chapman makes no qualms that this is a collection of songs for, about, and inspired by Maria -- a gut-wrenching tribute to the "little girl with dark brown eyes that disappear when she smiles." That line, the very first of Beauty Will Rise, is but a foretaste of the bittersweet yearning Chapman has had to wrestle with since his daughter's passing -- the blessed hope ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Beauty Will Rise is the kind of artistic statement Steven Curtis Chapman wished he had never made. Conceived in the wake of his daughter Maria's death, it finds the golden child of Christian music in the depth of the valley of the shadow, after more than 20 years of music and ministry spent on every imaginable mountaintop. Covered in sackcloth and ashes, Chapman makes no qualms that this is a collection of songs for, about, and inspired by Maria -- a gut-wrenching tribute to the "little girl with dark brown eyes that disappear when she smiles." That line, the very first of Beauty Will Rise, is but a foretaste of the bittersweet yearning Chapman has had to wrestle with since his daughter's passing -- the blessed hope that he'll see her again, the pain it'll be until kingdom come until they reunite. Humanly, Chapman is still mourning, even wailing and beating his chest at times, and those familiar with his tragedy -- which stirred a media maelstrom in 2008 -- can't help but weep with him who weeps. In "Heaven Is the Face," the album's opening track and somber first single, Chapman is so forthright about his grief and longing, you can almost hear him sigh as he sings, "Heaven is a sweet maple syrup kiss / And a thousand other little things I miss with her gone." It's a heartbreaking line, perhaps the most heartbreaking of Chapman's entire career, but it sets the tone for the rest of Beauty Will Rise, an anthology of psalms and laments in the spirit of King David -- praise intermingled with sorrow, resolve in the midst of doubt, hope in the face of uncertainty. For decades, Chapman always had all the answers, but here he lets down his guard and is even willing to dispute his own deep-set convictions, as when he bravely ponders in "Questions," "Who are you, God? / 'Cause you are turning out to be so much different than I'd imagined." Coming from the lips of anyone else, such challenge may seem like business as usual, but for Chapman, one of CCM's brightest, the fist-shaking is as bold and risky as anything the gospel music market has ever seen. Just as bold is Chapman's choice to toss out the adult-contemporary playbook he knows so well and scale things back to the bare essentials -- outside of the sweeping, urgent title track and the stirring "Spring Is Coming," nearly all the songs consist of just Chapman, his guitar, and just the right amount of backing to propel his thoughts forward. In this respect, Beauty Will Rise also works as Chapman's one and only singer/songwriter album to date -- his heart is on display here for all the world to see, Christian radio be damned. No matter how you look at it,Beauty Will Rise is an act of courage and faith -- if not Chapman's best effort yet, certainly the most audacious and compelling of his illustrious two-decade-plus career. Blessed the moment Maria hears it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Sparrow
  • EAN: 5099922651624
  • Catalog Number: 26516
  • Sales rank: 16,559

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steven Curtis Chapman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Snare Drums
David Angell Strings
Richie Biggs Bass, Cymbals, Drums
John Catchings Strings, Cello
David Davidson Strings, Violin
Brent Milligan Bass, Percussion, Piano, Cello, Cymbals, Drums, Keyboards, Baritone
Scott Sheriff Background Vocals
Will Franklin Chapman Drums
John Painter Horn
Monisa Angell Strings
Ken Lewis Percussion, Drums, Bass Drums, Ride Cymbal
Ben Shive Dulcimer, Celeste
Joe Causey Percussion, Piano, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Steven Curtis Chapman Composer, Programming, Producer
Blair Masters String Arrangements
Brent Milligan Producer
Danny Raines Management
Steve Dady Engineer
John Painter Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Jeff Pitzer Engineer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Mary Beth Chapman Composer
Joe Causey Programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a MUST OWN!!!!

    This the best yet from Steven Curtis Chapman....and that's saying a lot. This is an amazingly personal study of grief tempered by faith and hope. Anyone who has experienced grief at any level or in any form will relate to every song. It is both heartbreaking and encouraging all at the same time. It is an amazingly beautiful, raw, and soul-touching collection of songs. If you know someone struggling with grief, BUY THIS for them. The songs will let them know that someone has been where they have been and there is hope.

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