Steven Curtis Chapman's The Glorious Unfolding Debuts with Overwhelming Praise

Velvet KelmOct 02, 2013 04:16 PM EDT

As critical praise pours in for The Glorious Unfolding, which is available now, descriptions such as "a master still creating masterful work," "career defining record" and "musically sublime" are making it clear that people were ready to hear from highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman again.  

With 47 No. 1 singles and nearly 11 million career albums sold, The Glorious Unfolding is Chapman's first full-length studio album with all original songs in seven years.

Both Billboard andUSA Today exclusively premiered tracks last week, "The Glorious Unfolding" Tour kicked off with three sell-out shows in Dallas, Houston and Lubbock over the weekend, and Chapman is also being welcomed with open arms at radio.  The album's first single "Love Take Me Over," garnered 42 radio adds its first week out, making it one of Christian music's highest radio add dates of 2013. The single continues to storm up the charts, currently No. 3 on the AC Indicator chart, and No. 8 on the National Audience chart, with an audience gain of 1 million new listeners reached in the past week alone. Chapman is supporting the single by partnering with KLOVE, JOY FM and WAYFM to give fans the chance to win a trip to his New York City Carnegie Hall show in February 2014. 

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