Steven Curtis Chapman is a contemporary Christian musician whose career spans 20 years and 16 albums (with over 10 million sold); during that time he’s also won one American Music Award, five Grammy’s, and 51 Dove Awards.  Add to that 45 #1 songs, and it’s arguable he’s the most successful CCM artist evah. 

I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert during the All Things New Tour a few years ago (with Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns, the concert was beyond amazing!), and it hit me after two decades in the business, he still has a voice that needs to be heard…his lyrics inspire, testimony to a determined faith.

As a biological father to three children and an adoptive father to three more daughters, he often gains inspiration for his music from his wife and family.  The following is an example of this, the thoughts of a father as he watches his own Cinderella grow up.  The lyrics pierce the heart (chorus):

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms

Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…

And while I am a HUGE SCC fan and have purchased several of his CDs through the years, this song by Bob Carlisle tugs at the daughter heartstrings just as much (more?).  He released it 10 years ago when my daughter was just five…and every time I heard it I CRIED (and guys, I am NOT typically an emotional woman!) (really).  I had witnessed first-hand so many of the little girl-isms he so beautifully sang about, and butterfly kisses were part of our nighttime routine (so were Eskimo kisses 🙂 ).  You’ll want to listen to this one til the very end.

Both Bob’s and Steven’s songs are written from a father’s perspective, but, oh, how I can taste the bittersweet of raising my daughter for another man, and my sons for their future brides. 

And to tell the truth, sometimes…sometimes…that just hurts.

Link to some GREAT concert photos!
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