Inspired by Steven's 714, the Steven Curtis Chapman Signature Model (SCCSM) features Indian rosewood back and sides, a tobacco sunburst cedar top, and Indian rosewood binding. The inlay design is a recreation of a drawing that Chapman's daughter Maria made. The headstock inlay is a flower with a single petal colored in blue, while the fretboard design features a mother-of-pearl butterfly in at the 12th fret, accompanied by the word "SEE" in Maria's handwriting. Pearl fret marker dots are aligned along the bass side. Other features include an abalone rosette, abalone-dotted bridge pins, and Taylor Expression System electronics. Each SCCSM comes with a custom guitar label and a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Chapman.
One of the most celebrated artists in Contemporary Christian Music, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman boasts an impressive list of industry achievements: more than 10 million records sold, 56 Dove Awards (more than any other artist), five Grammys, and 45 No. 1 radio singles. Chapman's polished songcraft has not only earned heaps of critical and commercial acclaim; it has helped transform the CCM genre, infusing it with a radio-friendly pop and rock sensibility that catalyzed its growth over the last two-plus decades.
"Steven was among the best of that new breed that came along, along with Michael W. Smith," says Tommy Coomes, a pioneering musician, producer and executive who's been influential in Christian music circles since 1970. "He's got the hit-making sensibilities, and I don't think one could possibly overshoot the fact that he's inspired so many other people to write better songs and go for it, just like the Beatles gave bands permission to write their own songs and sing, and not just do what an A&R guy says. Like a Renaissance man, he does it all, and that's very unique."
Chapman grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, in an environment he describes as "acoustic guitar rich." His father, Herb, owned a music store, Chapman Music (which he still runs), where he was exposed to a lot of acoustic instruments. Chapman credits his father not only with sparking his interest in playing, but also in the creative process of writing songs. "He and his buddies would lock themselves in the kitchen for hours with their little reel-to-reel tape recorder," he says. "I remember pressing my ear up to the door to listen and being fascinated that they were in there creating music and writing songs. I was always really enamored with that; there was something cool and mysterious about it."
Chapman was also influenced by the records his dad had in the house, including those of '70s singer-songwriters like Jim Croce, John Denver and James Taylor. "Especially the cool acoustic riffs they'd write their songs around," he adds. "And then bluegrass - Ricky Skaggs was a huge hero of mine. And Glen Campbell. I would listen to his live record and slow it down from 33 to half speed and try and figure out what he was playing, [especially] some of those crazy jazz solos that he'd do. I also used to watch The Mac Davis Show. He'd go out in the audience with his guitar, people would throw out a song title or just a phrase, and then he'd write a song on the spot around that title or those words. I was a Jerry Reed fan, too. He probably influenced some of my playing, some of his kind of blues-influenced swamp guitar style."
In his college years, Chapman took a summer job at Opryland USA in Nashville, where he played and sang in a country band to help pay for school. An audience member got wind that he was an aspiring songwriter, and soon an introduction was made with Bill Gaither, an influential publisher in gospel music circles, who took Chapman under his wing. Working at the publishing house would prove to be his songwriting boot camp, but Chapman's dedication to his craft would pay off. He signed with the Christian label Sparrow Records, and his debut record, First Hand, was released in 1987. The recording sessions would later lead him - indirectly - to his first Taylor, a 510.
- Indian rosewood back and sides, a cedar top, and Indian rosewood binding
- Elegant abalone rosette
- Abalone-dotted bridge pins
- Taylor Expression System electronics for uncompromised electrified acoustic tone
- Comes with a custom guitar label and a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Chapman
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