The Glorious Unfolding

The Glorious Unfolding

by Steven Curtis ChapmanSteven Curtis Chapman


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The last time Steven Curtis Chapman released all-new music -- on 2009's Beauty Will Rise -- he was grieving the death of his daughter Maria. With The Glorious Unfolding, the singer is no longer in sackcloth and ashes; in fact, judging by the rollicking "Love Take Me Over," the disc's first single, you could say Chapman has turned the mourning into dancing. In more than one place, the new music is downright joyful ("Something Beautiful"), but this is not to be mistaken for absolute closure. Chapman has retained the singer/songwriter contemplation of Beauty Will Rise ("Sound of Your Voice," "Finish What He Started"), but he has anchored it in resolve, hope, and a renewed sense of faith, which he all but questioned four years ago. Like any parent would, he still reminisces about and looks forward to the day he'll see Maria again ("See You in a Little While," "Michael and Maria"), but there's no fist-shaking in the waiting, only expectation. It's apparent that Chapman's deep love of family may have carried him through, which explains why he also spares no emotion in paying them tribute in ballads that are sure to become wedding staples ("Together," "Only One and Only You"). In all, The Glorious Unfolding is an album of encouragement: Chapman uses it to share some of the answers he is learned along the way, but he neither claims to have left the valley of the shadow nor to have reached the mountaintop. Instead, he's simply taking steps of faith forward, and he wants the listener to join him for the walk.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2013
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341018524
catalogNumber: 10185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mandola,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Baritone)
David Angell   Strings
Luke Brown   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Strings
Herb Chapman   Background Vocals
David Davidson   Strings,Violin
Connie Heard   Violin
Blair Masters   Dulcimer,Piano,Accordion
Brent Milligan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Cello,Electric Guitar,Horn,Background Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping,Synthesizer Bass,Foot Stomping
Scott Sheriff   Background Vocals
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Will Franklin Chapman   Cymbals,Drums
Dan Needham   Drums
Monisa Angell   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Stu Garrard   Electric Guitar
Carrie Bailey   Violin
Emily Richards   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Erin Hall   Violin
Andy Leftwich   Mandolin,Violin
Ben Shive   Piano
Mary Beth Chapman   Background Vocals
Sari Reist   Cello
Zeneba Bowers   Violin
Betsy Lamb   Violin
Julia Emahiser   Cello
Joel Reist   Bass
Stefan Petrescu   Violin
Joe Causey   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar,Baritone,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Music Box
Janet Darnall   Violin
Chris Farrell   Viola
Sara Sant'Ambrogio   Cello
Pam Sixfin   Violin
Craig Nelson   Bass
Brent Miligan   Bass,Electric Guitar
Seanad Chang   Viola
Sam Levine   Penny Whistle
Conni Ellisor   Violin
Kirsten Greer   Cello
Julia Chapman   Background Vocals
Jillian Edwards Chapman   Background Vocals
Hari Bernstein   Viola
Stevey Joy Chapman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer,Producer
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Brent Milligan   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Beth Lee   Art Direction
Terry Hemmings   Executive Producer
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Andy Leftwich   String Arrangements
Joe Causey   Programming
Love Sponge Strings   String Arrangements
Brent Miligan   Programming

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