Steven Curtis Chapman has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Christian music -- enjoying hit records in four straight decades. However, his just-released disc, "Deep Roots," released through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, gave the Kentucky native a chance to revisit his roots by recording several time-honored hymns in an acoustic setting.
"It all begins with bluegrass," the singer told Billboard. "I grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, and loved it. That was the first music I heard as a kid. Folk, bluegrass, banjos, mandolins, and dobros. Those are the instruments that define the music of my earliest childhood. Then, like all kids, I discovered rock and roll, electric guitar amps, and fuzz petals, and all the toys that came along and expanded my musical interests. Still, at the heart of me as a music guy, it was acoustic guitar, sitting round and picking with my family around the kitchen table on some of the songs that we recorded here like 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus,' or at Church – where I bet we sang the old Gaither song 'He Touched Me,' about a hundred times and 'we' meaning my brother, mom, and my dad singing four part harmony. Those were my musical memories."
I've always said that someday I wanted to make that kind of record – to go to the deepest depths of my musical influences, and use those instruments, and arrange some songs the way I would want to interpret them, but to use those instruments."