Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
After starting his career in the late 80s as a songwriter, Steven Curtis Chapman has turned into one of the most prolific Christian music performers in the genre, releasing more than 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has 9 RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.
Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have adopted three children from China and have started a charity organization called Show Hope, which offers grants to qualifying families to help defray the cost of adopting, at home and abroad. He is also one of the members of Compassionart, a charity, which recruits artists of music and art to donate their royalties to the world’s poorest communities.
Mary Beth Chapman is the wife of Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven and MaryBeth have been married since 1984 and have six children, including three little girls adopted from China. After adopting Shaohannah in 2000, the Chapmans followed suit in 2002 by adopting Stevey Joy and then Maria Sue in 2004. In 2008 at the age of five, Maria Sue was killed in a tragic accident. From this experience Mary Beth wrote the book called Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope.