Steven Curtis Chapman, "Heaven Is The Face "

82 Billboard Rating

Heartbreak and hope are powerfully intertwined on the lead single from Steven Curtis Chapman's Nov. 3 release, "Beauty Will Rise." This is Chapman's first new song since the death of his 5-year-old daughter, Maria Sue, last year. It's no secret that songwriters channel their sorrow into their music, and here, Chapman-the Gospel Music Assn.'s most-awarded artist, with more than 50 Dove Awards-delivers a poignant examination of grief: "Heaven is a sweet, maple syrup kiss and a thousand other little things I miss with her gone." Though the bittersweet lyrics are filled with ache, the song is far from a dirge-it's a vibrant midtempo number with a strong melody and an anthemic chorus. "Heaven" demonstrates that even in the wake of loss, his voice remains strong and his faith undimmed. --Deborah Evans Price

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