Heaven in the Real World

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Heaven in the Real World
Studio album by Steven Curtis Chapman
Released July 12, 1994
Genre Contemporary Christian music, rock, pop
Length 55:25
Label Sparrow
Producer Phil Naish and Steven Curtis Chapman
Steven Curtis Chapman chronology
The Live Adventure
Heaven in the Real World
The Music of Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout (not rated) [2]

Heaven in the Real World is the sixth studio album by the Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman released on July 12, 1994, by Sparrow Records.

It was certified gold by the end of the year, nominated for a 1995 Grammy award, and went platinum on February 7, 1997. The title song received the 1995 Gospel Music Association award for best Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, and the album earned Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, at the 25th GMA Dove Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steven Curtis Chapman, except where noted.

  1. "Heaven in the Real World" – 4:50
  2. "King of the Jungle" – 4:55
  3. "Dancing with the Dinosaur" – 4:46
  4. "The Mountain" (Chapman, Geoff Moore) – 4:56
  5. "Treasure of You" (Chapman, Moore) – 4:41
  6. "Love and Learn" – 4:09
  7. "Burn the Ships" (Chapman, James Elliot) – 4:56
  8. "Remember Your Chains" – 5:22
  9. "Heartbeat of Heaven" – 5:07
  10. "Still Listening" – 4:32
  11. "Facts Are Facts" (Chapman, Moore) – 3:30
  12. "Miracle of Mercy" – 2:39
  13. "Heartbeat of Heaven" (reprise) – 0:57



  • Steven Curtis Chapman - lead vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar on "Still Listening", dobro on "King of the Jungle", classical guitar on "Miracle of Mercy"
  • Phil Naish - keyboards
  • Dann Huff - electric guitars, classical guitar solo on "Love and Learn" and "Heartbeat of Heaven", acoustic guitar solo on "Remember Your Chains", slide guitar solo on "Facts Are Facts"
  • Leland Sklar - bass guitar (1-9,11)
  • John Robinson - drums (1-9,11)
  • Mark Hammond - drum programming on "King of the Jungle", percussion on "Dancing with the Dinosaur" and "The Mountain"
  • Mike Haynes, Jeff Bailey - trumpets on "King of the Jungle"
  • Chris McDonald, Barry Green - trombones on "King of the Jungle"
  • Chris McDonald - horn arrangement on "King of the Jungle"
  • Jeff Mac - wave sequencing on "Dancing with the Dinosaur"
  • David Naish - pterodactyl overdub on "Dancing with the Dinosaur"
  • Dan Dugmore - dobro on "The Mountain", steel guitar on "Love and Learn"
  • The Nashville String Machine and Carl Gorodetsky - strings on "Love and Learn" and "Heartbeat of Heaven"
  • Conni Ellisor - string arrangement and conductor on "Love and Learn", "Heartbeat of Heaven" and "Miracle of Mercy"
  • Paulinho da Costa - percussion on "Heartbeat of Heaven", "Still Listening" and "Miracle of Mercy"
  • Danny O'Lannerghty - fretless bass on "Miracle of Mercy"
  • John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina, Bob Mason - cello trio on "Miracle of Mercy"

Background vocals[edit]

  • Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Gleason (1-5,7,9,10,11), Mark Heimermann (1,2,5,7) and Michael Mellett (3,4,9,10,11)
  • Hezekiah Walter and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir - choir on "Heaven in the Real World" and "King of the Jungle"
  • Voice-overs on "Heaven in the Real World" - James Isaac Elliot, Steve LePard, Brad Winget and Charles Colson
  • Emily Chapman, Caleb Chapman and Will Franklin Chapman - children's choir on "Still Listening"
  • Shoutback on "Facts Are Facts - Calvin Bottoms, Dan Brunelle, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dave Huffman, Dennis Kurtilla and Phil Naish

Recording and production[edit]

  • Phil Naish and Steven Curtis Chapman - producers
  • Peter York and Dan Raines - executive producers
  • Bridgett Evans O'Lannerghty - production coordinator
  • Instrumental tracks recorded by Ed Cherney at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California
  • John Hendrickson - assistant engineer
  • Overdubs and vocals recorded by Ronnie Brookshire at Studio At Mole End, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Todd Robbins - assistant engineer
  • Additional recording at The Hit Factory, New York City; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California; Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California; Quad Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Mid-Town Tone and Volume, Nashville, Tennessee; North Beach Studio, Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Todd Robbins, Jay Healy, Dan García, Jeremy Smith and John Hendrickson - additional engineers
  • Dave Dillbeck, Peter Doell, Koji Egawa, Lars Aakre - assistant engineers
  • Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schee Studio, North Hollywood, California
  • John Hendrickson - assistant mix engineer
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California


  1. ^ Heaven in the Real World at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Steven Curtis Chapman, "Heaven In The Real World" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014.