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Concert Review: “Stories and Songs” Tour Rocks Central Arkansas (by Karen Jordan)

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Karen Jordan-Concert Review Stories and Songs Tour Rocks Central Arkansas

[Photo/KarenJordan: Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Stories and Songs” Tour with special guests, Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson in Central Arkansas]

Fifteen hundred Christian music fans gathered in Central Arkansas on Friday, February 3, at Benton’s First Baptist Church to welcome Steven Curtis Chapman’s“Stories and Songs” tour with special guests, Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson.

Show HOPE, “a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans in distress,” sponsors the “Stories and Song’s” tour. Show HOPE also provides “homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants and life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs.”  

Clay Cunningham, Minister to Students at FBC Benton, said, “The stories of God’s faithfulness to the Chapman family were so encouraging.” He added, “It was also refreshing to see their response of obedience to the ministry of adoption that God has set their family on!”

Soundstage. Chapman’s pre-concert event offered a close-up view of the artist, as he responded to questions in a relaxed setting. He noted that many of his songs were written during the dark times in his life, “I never knew how hard the journey would be … the valleys are deeper and mountains steeper than I ever imagined.”

Steven Curtis Chapman. During the concert, Chapmanshared some new songs and revised versions of a few of his greatest hits included in his newest album re:creation. He brought his audience to tears with “Cinderella” and “Heaven is the Face,” memorializing the tragic loss of his youngest daughter, Maria. He also shared a tender song that he wrote for their first grandchild, Eiley Eliza.

Andrew Petersoncaptured our hearts as he offered stories and songs about his faith and his family, including “Dancing in the Mindfields” and “The Reckoning.” One young man from Little Rock stated that he was moved by the message in Perterson’s “Many Roads,” adding that he had never considered that all of the events of his life may have led him to this moment in time—to hear the message of hope in his stories and songs.

Josh Wilson amazed the crowd with his acoustic version of “Amazing Grace,” using a loop pedal. And people of all ages joined in as he sang his popular “I Refuse.” Wilson also related the stories behind his songs, including a touching song, “Fall Apart,” that he wrote for a friend and a love song, “Always Only You,” dedicated to his wife, Becca.

Concert. Student Pastor Cunningham said that the “Stories and Songs” team “was an absolute blast to work with … (they are) great guys with a heart for ministry and excellence.” He concluded, “I thought it was an incredible night of worship and testimony.

About Karen Jordan

Karen JordanKaren Jordan, author, speaker, and writing instructor, writes creative nonfiction about her faith, family, and writing. She also encourages others to “tell the stories that matter most” in her writing workshops, her blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories (www.blog.karenjordan.net), and her website (www.karenjordan.net). A native Texan, Karen now resides in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, with her husband Dan, near their two children and seven grandchildren.