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On Deep Roots, Steven Curtis Chapman takes a sharp turn from his usual pop-rock style and reconnects with the musical heritage of his native Kentucky, combining fresh versions of traditional hymns with reworkings of his own compositions and a cover of Bill Gaither’s classic “He Touched Me.” Acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos take the place of synthesizers and techno beats, giving these tracks an intimate feel. Deep Roots is definitely a family affair, with three generations of Chapman’s family joining in. SCC sings with father Herb and brother Herb Jr. on a spirited rendition of “Life Is Like a Mountain Railway.” A sparkling take on “How Great Thou Art” features the airy tones of daughter-in-law Jillian, while “Be Still and Know” spotlights son Caleb. Special guest Ricky Skaggs brings an authentic bluegrass touch to “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” From his own catalog, Chapman offers early favorites like “Hiding Place” and “My Redeemer Is Faithful and True,” as well as a poignant rendition of “Cinderella.” From first track to last, Deep Roots goes to the heart of Chapman’s faith and musical vision.

Customer Reviews


Hands down one of the best albums I've heard so far this year. Love the bluegrass feel to it. SCC has been through hell and back with the loss of his daughter, and he still praises God and gives Him all the glory. What an example of what a Christian should be!

Comfort Food for the Soul

It may be a bad pun or a tired cliché to call an album released by Cracker Barrel restaurant "comfort food" but that's exactly what this album is - wonderful comfort and nourishment for tired pilgrims. Great old hyms (and a few of SCC's own wonderful classics including Hiding Place and My Redeemer is Faithful); Steven's beautiful guitar work; the gentle, reverent vocals with a bluegrass lilt; some great duets... it's all a perfect combination. Standouts include How Great Thou Art (a duet with Steven's daughter-in-law Jillian Edwards Chapman) and He Touched Me (sung with Steven's father and brother), and What a Friend We Have in Jesus (with Ricky Skaggs).

My weary soul is satisfied and strengthened as I listened. Thanks SCC. And thanks Cracker Barrel.

Perfect Music

This is the perfect Album to Pray to be calm after a crazy day or to read a book. Soft but Precise notes. Beautiful melodies. I grow with this beautiful songs. Another masterpiece for this great preacher/musician.


Born: November 21, 1962 in Paducah, KY

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

His music a cross between '70s-style light rock and orchestrated pop, Steven Curtis Chapman has been one of the most prominent performers of contemporary Christian music since the '80s. Born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Chapman learned to play several instruments while hanging out in his father's music store, excelling at guitar and piano. As a young man, he enrolled as a pre-med student at Anderson College in Indiana. He soon decided to pursue a music career and dropped out to go to Nashville,...
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