With 44 Gospel Music Assn. Dove awards and four Grammys to his credit, Chapman is the Christian community's most-feted artist.

With 44 Gospel Music Assn. Dove awards and four Grammys to his credit, Chapman is the Christian community's most-feted artist. There's a reason for this: Few singer/songwriters have the ability to write songs that so exquisitely capture the essence of a faith-filled life, encompassing the joy, soul-searching, occasional bewilderment, and deep sense of wonder that are part of the Christian experience. On Declaration, Chapman serves up his most compelling collection. "Live Out Loud" and "Jesus is Life" are buoyant celebrations. Never one to offer up simple platitudes, Chapman poignantly examines life's pivotal moments on "When Love Takes You In," written for his adopted daughter, and "Carry You to Jesus," which is about the gift of prayer. Thoughtfully crafted and beautifully sung, these songs will find a receptive audience in anyone searching for comfort, strength, and hope.—DEP