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Yours (song)

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"Yours"
Single by Steven Curtis Chapman
from the album This Moment
Released August 5, 2008 (2008-08-05)
Format Digital download
Recorded Los Angeles
Genre Contemporary Christian, pop
Length
  • 6:39 (Album version)
  • 4:50 (New Verse)
Label Sparrow
Writer(s) Steven Curtis Chapman, Jonas Myris
Producer(s) Chapman, Matt Bronleewe
Steven Curtis Chapman singles chronology
"Cinderella"
(2008)
"Yours"
(2008)
"Heaven Is The Face"
(2009)

"Yours" is a song recorded by contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. Written by Chapman and Jonas Myris and produced by Chapman and Matt Bronleewe, it was included as the fourth track on Chapman's 2007 studio album This Moment; a radio edit of the song containing a new verse was released as the third single from the album.

The album version of "Yours" received a positive reception from critics and Chapman has performed the song on his concert tours. The radio version of the song has been included on several compilation albums and peaked inside the top ten on the US Billboard Hot Christian Songs and Hot Christian AC charts; it also topped the Radio & Records Soft AC/INSPO chart, becoming Chapman's 45th career number-one single.

Background and composition[edit]

"Yours" was written by Chapman and Jonas Myrin, and it was produced by Chapman and Bronlewee. It was mixed by F. Reid Shippen and mastered by Ted Jensen.[1] The fourth verse included on the new verse version on the song was recorded, edited, and produced on July 15, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee by Bronlewee; it was engineered by Reid Shippen.[2]

"Yours" is a pop[3] song with a length of six minutes and thirty-nine seconds.[4] It is set in common time in the key of F major and has a tempo of 100 beats per minute. Chapman's vocal range in the song spans from the low note of C4 to the high note of G5.[5] The radio edit of the song has a length of four minutes and fifty seconds[6] and contains a new verse (I’ve walked the valley of death’s shadow/So deep and dark that I could barely breathe/I’ve had to let go of more than I could bear/And questioned everything that I believe/But still even here/in this great darkness/A comfort and hope come breaking through/As I can say in life or death/God we belong to you) which Chapman wrote in the weeks following the death of his daughter Maria,[2] who had died on May 21, 2008 after having been accidentally hit by a car driven by her brother.[7] Lyrically, the song describes the omnipotence of God[8] and how "God owns everything and is ever present in every place".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The album version of "Yours" received a positive reception from music critics. John DiBiase of Jesus Freak Hideout commented that the song is "a simplistic but effective admission of God's omnipotence".[8] Russ Breimeier of Christianity Today compared it to Chapman's "big pop anthems like 'Speechless' of 'For the Sake of the Call'", regarding the song as "a personable yet worshipful declaration of God's dominion over the earth".[3] Deborah Evans-Price of CCM Magazine regarded the song as a "stirring reminder of God's power and presence in every situation".[10]

Release and chart performance[edit]

"Yours" was included as the fourth track on Chapman's 2007 studio album This Moment.[4] The new verse version of "Yours" was released to radio on August 1, 2008.[2] It debuted at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart for the chart week of August 30, 2008.[11] It advanced to No. 23 in its second chart week[12] and to No. 18 in its fifth chart week.[13] In its sixth chart week, "Yours" advanced to No. 15,[14] and in its sixteenth week it advanced to No. 9.[15] In its eighteenth chart week, it advanced to its peak position of No. 7.[16] In total, "Yours" spent twenty-four weeks on the Hot Christian Songs chart.[17] It also peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Christian AC chart[18] and at No. 5 on the Radio & Records Christian AC chart.[19] On the Radio & Records Soft AC/INSPO chart, "Yours" peaked at No. 1, becoming Chapman's 45th career number-one single.[20]

Live performances and other uses[edit]

Steven Curtis Chapman has performed "Yours" on his concert tours. At a concert on April 4, 2009 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Chapman performed the song as the second of his opening setlist.[21][22] At a concert on November 21, 2010 in Joppa, Maryland, Chapman performed "Yours" after telling the audience the story of how he was inspired to write the song; he also included the additional verse he wrote following the death of his daughter.[23] At a concert in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2011, Chapman performed the song as part of his setlist. Before playing the fourth verse of the song, Chapman stopped to discuss going through his daughter's death.[22]

"Yours" has been included on several compilation albums, including WOW Hits 2010 and Discover: Steven Curtis Chapman.[24][25] An acoustic version of the song has been included on the Special Edition of This Moment and the compilation album Acoustic Playlist: Bold.[26][27]

Track listing[edit]

Digital Single[6]
  1. "Yours" (New Verse)  – 4:50

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
Billboard Hot Christian AC[18] 5
Billboard Hot Christian Songs[16] 7
Radio & Records Christian AC[19] 5
Radio & Records Soft AC/INSPO[20] 1

Year-end[edit]

Charts (2008) Position
Billboard Hot Christian AC[28] 37

Radio adds and release history[edit]

Date Format
August 1, 2008[2] Christian radio
August 5, 2008[6] Digital single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman (Credits)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Houser, Jim (July 16, 2008). "Steven Curtis Chapman to Release New Version of single, 'Yours'". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Breimeier, Russ. "This Moment, Christian Music Reviews". Christianity Today International. The Fish. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Jared. "This Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Steven Curtis Chapman – Yours Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Yours (New Verse) – Single". iTunes (Apple Inc.). Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Maria Chapman Details". K-LOVE. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b DiBiase, John (October 21, 2007). "Steven Curtis Chapman, "This Moment" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Steven Curtis Chapman". Christianity Today. The Fish. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (October 2007). "In Review" (PDF). CCM Magazine (Salem Publishing) 30 (4): 52. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Christian Songs (August 30, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Christian Songs (September 6, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Christian Songs (September 27, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Christian Songs (October 4, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Christian Songs (December 13, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Christian Songs (December 27, 2008)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Singles Charts Archive Search". Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 11, 2012.  Note: User must manually input the correct search information to obtain the sourced information.
  18. ^ a b "Billboard Hot Christian AC. December 20, 2008.
  19. ^ a b Jessen, Wae. "Christian AC (December 19, 2008)". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith Wrap Up 'The United Tour'". CMSpin. November 11, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ DiBiase, John (April 8, 2009). "The United Tour". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b DiBiase, John (October 7, 2011). "Stories & Songs Tour". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ DiBiase, John (December 8, 2010). "A Night With The Chapmans Tour 2010". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Wow Hits 2010 – Various Artists". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ Campbell, Al Christopher. "Discover: Steven Curtis Chapman – Steven Curtis Chapman". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  26. ^ "This Moment (Special Edition) by Steven Curtis Chapman". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Acoustic Playlist: Bold". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Year-end Christian AC (2008)". Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 

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