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