Steven Curtis Chapman has a new album out that I want to commend to you. It’s called “Deep Roots”. I suspect that the name reflects the fact that Chapman is not only going back to his musical roots in bluegrass, but also that he’s reprising songs that have meant a lot to him over the years.
The song selection includes classic hymns and old gospel songs. His duet with Ricky Skaggs on “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” may be the best track on the record. But probably my favorites are his fresh acoustic renditions of some of his early work. And by “early work,” I mean material that he recorded about 25 years ago—songs like “Hiding Place,” “His Eyes,” and my all-time favorite “My Redeemer Is Faithful and True.”
Whether you’re a new fan or someone who has followed Chapman for the span of his career, you will love what he has done on this album. For me, anyway, this album has quickly become a favorite among all that he has ever produced.
StevenCurtisChapman.com has made clips of each of these songs available, and I have embedded them below so that you can take a listen. When you’re finished sampling, you can download the rest of the record here.
1. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
2. How Great Thou Art (feat. Jillian Edwards Chapman)
3. What a Friend We Have in Jesus (feat. Ricky Skaggs)
4. Blessed Assurance
5. Life is Like a Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven) [feat. Herb Chapman Sr. & Herb Chapman Jr.]
6. He Touched Me (feat. Herb Chapman Sr. & Herb Chapman Jr.)
7. Hiding Place
8. Rock of Ages
9. Be Still and Know (feat. Caleb Chapman)
10. His Eyes
11. My Redeemer is Faithful and True
Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard)
25 years ago for those songs? Yikes! Great songs. This album looks amazing.
Deborah H. Bateman
Thanks for sharing these snippets. They bring back lots of memories of years gone by when I was growing up in an independent Baptist church and some of the songs we used to sing. It brings tears to my eyes just to listen to these tidbits. I love the way he includes some of his family in this album. I remember riding in the car with my family and singing along to these old hymns.
Deborah H. Bateman – Author
I started listening to SCP in the early 90’s with a “young” Denny Burk. SCP and Acapella on FBC DeRidder youth trips. Where have the years gone? BTW. I already purchased “Deep Roots”. Great music and message.
Gosh, I’m getting old enough now that listening to SCC is nostalgic. That stinks, but this music doesn’t. What a great album and man.
I’ve been listening to him since my college days, but even with all of those old favorites on the album, my favorite track is “He Touched Me.” Why? Because he’s singing it with his grandfather and father. It sounds like the sort of thing I would’ve been singing with my Dad around the piano back in the day.
Or was that his father and brother?