Veteran Christian performer Steven Curtis Chapman is used to being honest and open about his life through his music. But, he admits, he’s a little nervous about the Tuesday, March 7, release of his autobiography “Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story.”
“I’ve released a lot of records over the years, but never a full-on book like this,” Chapman says.
“You realize that there are going to be reviewers and therefore there will be critical reviews. I’ve done a few chapters in other books, but never something quite of this magnitude. I hope people like it and get where I was wanting to come from with this.”
He sees “Between Heaven and the Real World” as being more vulnerable than his music.
“It covers me as a boy growing up and the family I grew up in—the good, the bad and all things in between,” he says. “I owe it to them to be really honest and really share pretty openly about what I felt like—the insecurities and the successes. This was heartbreaking or this is where I really blew it.”
Chapman will spend Wednesday, March 22, at Grand Canyon University headlining the “Rock & Worship Roadshow.” The multiact concert is something that thrills the singer.
“I love touring with groups of artists,” Chapman says. “It’s a community, a traveling roadshow. It’s not just fun for the audience, but it’s an extra special thing for the artists as well.”
Like his book, he has a simple goal with his music, which he has pursued for 30 years.
“My hope is that listeners and readers will be encouraged on their own journey.”
Rock & Worship Roadshow w/Steven Curtis Chapman, Rend Collective, Francesca Battistelli, Passion, Family Force 5, Jordan Feliz, Derek Minor and Urban Rescue, Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, $10-$95.