It was announced that Steven Curtis Chapman, the most-awarded artist in Christian music history, has signed with one:eight entertainment for management representation. The news was exclusively shared courtesy of Billboard.
Pictured: one:eight entertainment is (L-R): Derek Spirk, Alex Whiten, Steven Curtis Chapman, Madeline Halm, Greg Ham
photo by Jacob Stillman; hi-res available by request
“I’m very blessed to have been surrounded and supported by great people throughout my career, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better team around me for this new season,” says Steven Curtis Chapman, a five-time GRAMMY Award winner and recipient of the BMI Icon Award.
one:eight entertainment is helmed by industry veteran Greg Ham. In his outstanding career, Ham has served as former President/CEO of ForeFront Records and most recently as a partner in the MWS Group, representing Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, and Olympian Scott Hamilton, among others. Ham and his team at one:eight entertainment will continue to represent these clients along with award-winning producer/director Robert Deaton and artist/worship leader Charity Gayle.
Chapman adds, “Greg, who has been a long-time valued friend, brings years of seasoned wisdom and unrivaled knowledge and experience, and Alex, who has been a part of my management team for the last several years, brings great passion and energy. The whole team is world-class and I’m honored and excited to work with them!” Chapman was formerly managed by The Stable Collective following his 28 year-partnership with Creative Trust.
“We are thrilled that Steven has entrusted this season to one:eight for his management,” Greg Ham shares. “It’s been a privilege to call him a friend for many years and we are excited to see what this collaboration will produce.”
The news comes on the heels of Chapman’s latest project, Still, out now courtesy of Provident Entertainment/Sony Music. With his new songs, Chapman openly shares a willingness to shine a light on his pain and struggles, as well as his faith, joy, redemption, and hope. He says, “After a lot of wrestling, I finally had to just block out the questions about what felt or sounded relevant, or how is new music from me going to fit in the current landscape of Christian music. I had to silence those voices in my head, sit down with my guitar, and sort of give myself permission to just write whatever was stirring in me, let it come out however it came out.”
The album’s first radio single, “Don’t Lose Heart,” was inspired by Chapman’s own journey through the shadowed valley of grief and loss that he and his family have traveled. Its hopeful yet unmasked honesty and truth have quickly connected with listeners and have taken the song up the radio charts, which is currently at No. 9 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart.
Eager to share the new songs live, Chapman is hitting the road this spring on his 24-city “Still Tour.” Kicking off March 2 in Springfield, Missouri, be sure to check out the most updated tour schedule HERE.