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Steven Curtis Chapman Inks New Deal With Provident Label Group

Chapman is also prepping the release of "Still," the first single from an upcoming project.

Steven Curtis Chapman has signed a new label deal with Provident Label Group, since last working with PLG on the 2016 album Worship and Believe. Chapman’s previous deal with PLG concluded in 2017.

Provident Label Group president/CEO Terry Hemmings tells Billboard, “We are incredibly honored to again partner with Steven Curtis Chapman for his newest project on Provident Label Group. Steven has pioneered this genre with his personal and timeless songs that have garnered him historical numbers of awards, accolades, No. 1 albums and radio singles throughout his storied career. It is a privilege to work with this talented artist and his team to help carry these new songs to listeners worldwide.”

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On Friday (May 27), Chapman will release a new song, “Still,” which will serve as the first track from an upcoming album released via Provident Label Group. The album is the first since Chapman’s 2019 independent bluegrass album, Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows, which earned Chapman his 18th Grammy nomination.

“I’m very grateful to my friends and family at Provident for believing in this project and showing me the support and encouragement they have with this upcoming release,” Chapman tells Billboard of the signing and upcoming album. For the new project, Chapman worked with collaborators including his sons Caleb and Will (of the band Colony House).

“I feel like the music and the production is as good as anything I’ve ever done,” Chapman adds.

This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Chapman’s debut album, 1987’s First Hand, which included the singles “Weak Days” and “Hiding Place.”

Chapman tells Billboard of the anniversary, “Thirty-five years ago, I released my first record, and began what a songwriter once called a ‘great adventure! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d have the opportunity 35 years later to, once again, pour out what’s in my heart onto ‘the page’ and into a recording like this newest project. These unprecedented times we have all been journeying through have stirred me deeply, and these songs and this record have come from that deep place … these songs are as honest as any I’ve ever written. As the lyrics of one of the songs says, ‘It’s been beautiful, and terrible, more painful and more wonderful than I ever could’ve known, and even so … Still, I’m gonna sing about the one who’s given life to me!'”