is the ninth studio album by the Speechless Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. It was released on June 15, 1999, by Sparrow Records.
It was certified
platinum by the RIAA on November 27, 2000. Chapman received the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and Dove Awards for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (for "Dive").
The album provided more No. 1 chart singles (seven) on Christian contemporary radio than any of Chapman's other albums: "The Change", "Fingerprints of God", "The Invitation", "Great Expectations", "Be Still And Know", "Dive" and the title song "Speechless". The album is considered one of Chapman's greater works by many, and is recognized by many as being one of the best Christian albums of all time.
The concert tour in support of
Speechless featured Chapman's longtime friend and co-writer Geoff Moore.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written by Steven Curtis Chapman, except where noted.
Dive" – 3:57 "Speechless"
(Chapman, – 5:06 Geoff Moore) "The Change"
(Chapman, James Issac Elliot) – 3:46 "Great Expectations" – 5:02
"Next 5 Minutes"
(Adam Anders, Chapman) – 4:19 "Fingerprints of God" – 4:02
(Chapman, Moore) – 4:57 "Whatever" – 4:01
"I Do Believe" – 4:01
"What I Really Want to Say" – 4:22
"With Hope" – 5:12
(Chapman, – 3:05 J.A.C. Redford) "Be Still and Know" – 3:19
Track information [ edit ]
Chapman dedicated the song "Fingerprints of God" to his daughter Emily who, at the time had turned 13.
[4 ] "With Hope" was written for a family, the Mullicans (friends of the Chapmans), who lost a child. It was later sung in honor of the victims of the
shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, Chapman's . alma mater [5 ] "What I Really Want to Say" is dedicated to Chapman's wife, Mary Beth.
Personnel [ edit ]
Musicians [ edit ]
Steven Curtis Chapman: lead vocals, backing vocals (1-6,8,9), acoustic guitar (1,2,4-11), electric guitar (1,3,4,6,7,9,10,11), dobro (1,5,8), mandolin (2,7), "Papoose" guitar (2,3), synth solo (8), track arrangement
Randy Pearce: electric guitar (1-11), acoustic guitar (7), track arrangement (5)
Adam Anders: bass guitar (1-11), programming (1-4,8,9,10), track arrangement (1,3,4,5,9,10) Will Denton: drums (2,3,5-8,10,11), drum loops (1), track arrangement (5)
Shane Keister: piano (2,13) Hardy Hemphill: piano (11)
Scott Sheriff: Hammond B-3 organ (6), piano (4), backing vocals (1,3,6,8)
Eric Darken: percussion (2,8,10)
Chris Eaton: backing vocals (9) The
London Session Orchestra: strings (2,3,4,7,10,12,12)
Gavyn Wright: concertmaster
J.A.C. Redford: orchestral arrangement (1,4,7,12,13) Carl Marsh: orchestral arrangement (3,10)
Choir (2): Scott Sheriff, Hardy Hemphill, Stacy Jeanette, Mark Smeby, Tina Tyler, Marvin Copaus, Rhonda Hampton, Scot Tyler, Layde Love Smith, Andy Sperry, Shari Davis and Teresa Easterling
Scripture reading (3): Emily, Caleb and Will Franklin Chapman
Handclaps (6): Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Bishir, David Trask, Ray Mullican and Hank Nirider
Recording and production [ edit ]
Brown Bannister and Steven Curtis Chapman - producers Peter York and Dan Raines - executive producers
Traci Sterling Bishir - production manager
Bill Baumgart - A&R coordinator
Recorded and mixed by Steve Bishir at Sound Kitchen (
Franklin, Tennessee) Assisted by Hank Nirider, Jedd Hackett and Melissa Mattey
Hank Nirider - mix assistant
Aaron Swihart, Hank Nirider, Shane Wilson, Gary Paczosa, jb, Patrick Kelly - additional engineering
Orchestra recorded by Mark Tucker at
Abbey Road Studio ( London) Assisted by Andrew Dudman
Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound ( New York) Art Direction – Wayne Brezinka and Jan Cook
Design – Wayne Brezinka
Creative director – Christiév Carothers
Photography – Robert Fleischauer
Stylist – Gino Tanabe
Grooming – Catherine Furness
References [ edit ]
^ Speechless (Steven Curtis Chapman album) at AllMusic
^ "Steven Curtis Chapman, "Speechless" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. June 15, 1999 . Retrieved . May 6, 2014
^ #1 Radio History
^ Connection Magazine (November 2000). "Story Behind Song".
^ Connection Magazine. "Curtis Chapman".