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Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky) is one of the most influential singer/songwriters in contemporary Christian music. He was first signed on to a songwriting deal in the early 1980s, based upon the strength of his song “Built To Last” which was recorded by popular gospel group The Imperials. Shortly after, he signed a record deal with Sparrow Records, where he rose to prominence.

He and his wife Mary Beth have three biological children, (Emily Elizabeth, Caleb Stevenson, Will Franklin) and they adopted three Chinese girls (Shaohannah Hope Yan, Stevey Joy Ru, Maria Sue Chapman). They are also recognized advocates for adoption. Together, they founded Shaohannah’s Hope, a charity organization which offers grants to qualifying families to help defray the cost of adopting, at home and abroad. Both were awarded the Angels of Adoption award by a Congressional Committee for adoption in Washington, D.C.

Chapman’s five-year-old daughter, Maria Sue Chunxi Chapman, was killed in a tragic accident on May 21, 2008.[7] Maria was accidentally hit by her older brother Will, driving a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling into the driveway of their home in Franklin, Tennessee after coming home from a play audition, according to Tennessee Department of Safety spokesman Mike Browning. Maria was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.


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