Musicians say Chapman's Songs & Stories show feels like 'community'

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Editor’s Note: As of Feb. 27, Steven Curtis Chapman’s Songs & Stories tour with Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson has canceled its March 8 concert in Aiken. For information on ticket refunds, call (803) 819-3125.

Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman (center), Andrew Peterson (right) and John Wilson play each other's songs during performances in the Songs & Stories tour. There are 47 instruments on stage during the show.  SPECIAL
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Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman (center), Andrew Peterson (right) and John Wilson play each other's songs during performances in the Songs & Stories tour. There are 47 instruments on stage during the show.


Three men. One stage. Forty-seven instruments.

That’s how Steven Curtis Chapman’s Songs & Stories tour racks up as he travels the country performing for sold-out crowds with Josh Wilson and Andrew Peterson.

At each concert, Chapman takes the stage with the two emerging and critically acclaimed artists. The trio stops in Aiken for a concert at Millbrook Baptist Church on March 8. For tickets, call (866) 440-7880 or see wafj.com.

“All three artists are on stage for most of the night,” said Josh Wilson, a labelmate of Chapman’s. “We all come out together and share the stage. We play the first eight or nine songs together. There’s a real community feel to it.”

The setup showcases each musician’s fluency on a variety of instruments.

“At first it was really a challenge,” Wilson said. “It was difficult to remember what instrument we’d play when. There are literally 47 instruments on the stage: the 12-string mandolin, a mandola, an Irish eight-string bouzouki, an electric 12-string mandolin, banjos, a pump organ.”

It was Chapman’s idea to play on one another’s songs, Peterson said. “I’ve been on lots of tours where somebody says, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to learn each other’s songs?’ ”

Chapman was the first he’s worked with who has actually made it happen, Peterson said. The trio gathered for two days of rehearsal before taking off on tour.

“It was really humbling that Steven learned to play my songs,” said Peterson, who has long admired Chapman’s work. “I’ve gone in a very short time from not knowing him to now I think I’d take a bullet for him I like him so much,” he said with a laugh.

Wilson said he couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to travel with. “It really does feel like a traveling community, a traveling church,” he said. “I think it comes across on stage.”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

Chapman is a contemporary Christian musician who has sold more than 10 million records worldwide since his career began in 1987. Chapman has recorded 46 No. 1 U.S. radio hits and been awarded 56 Dove Awards, more than any artist to date. Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, created the nonprofit Show HOPE in 2001. The ministry has provided grants to more than 2,700 families adopting orphans from around the world.

ANDREW PETERSON

Peterson is a singer-songwriter and award-winning author, having been recognized for his four-part Wingfeather Saga, a fantasy series for young adults. Peterson, whose single Dancing in the Minefields reached the Top 10 on the Christian AC chart, is the force behind the creative community known as the Rabbit Room, which includes a music and book store, a literary press and yearly conference. Learn more at andrew-peterson.com.

JOSH WILSON

Wilson, a Texas native who signed to Sparrow Records in 2006, has several No. 1 hits, including Savior Please and Before the Morning. Wilson attracted national attention in 2010 with a viral video recorded when he prompted travelers at the Newark airport to sing Hey Jude during a six-hour security lockdown. Learn more at joshwilsonmusic.com.


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