One of the world’s most decorated Christian musicians will be in Bowling Green next weekend.
Steven Curtis Chapman will perform Feb. 17 at Hillvue Heights Church as part of his SCC Solo tour, which features the 58-time Dove Award winner playing without a backing band.
Garrett Cline, Hillvue’s creative director, described the Paducah native Chapman as “iconic” in the contemporary Christian music scene.
“I know for the musicians like myself, Steven Curtis Chapman has just been an iconic musician,” he said. “He’s been very influential in my life.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30, Cline said. Tickets can be purchased through a link at stevencurtischapman.com/tour.
General admission balcony seats cost $26, and general admission floor seats are $36. VIP tickets are $75 and allow for early entry at 5:30 p.m. as well as a meet-and-greet session with Chapman.
The church has served as a venue for other Christian performers like Passion, Kirk Cameron and MercyMe in the past.
Cline said Chapman’s ministry is especially powerful because of his “authenticity and transparency” and tendency to write songs inspired by challenging moments in his own life.
“I think the way he ministers will really speak to people,” Cline said.
Chapman said that for the SCC Solo tour, he will perform with only his guitar and his voice, eschewing the backing band with whom he typically performs.
“It kind of full-circled back to the way it all began,” he said, noting that he frequently toured as a solo act early in his career.
Though Chapman’s most recent album, 2016’s “Worship and Believe,” focuses on worship music, which he described as a type of Christian music focused on simple affirmations of faith, often inspired by specific Bible verses and intended to be sung communally, he still considers himself to be a musician who tells stories about his own life and faith.
“A lot of my music has been these stories from my life ... as opposed to these worship songs, which often come from Scripture, like a Bible verse,” he said.
“As a whole, I still think of myself as a storyteller.”
Throughout the SCC Solo tour, Chapman said he intends to rely mainly on his narrative-driven songs.
“It’s kind of like a musical version of my life story,” he said.
As a performer, Chapman hopes his concerts feel like “more than just a musical experience,” adding that he wants his audience to feel like they know Chapman on a more personal level.
“What I’ve always hoped people experience at my concerts is that they really felt like they were with a friend,” he said.