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Declaration (2001)

Updated: Apr 30

Declaration is the tenth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, released on September 25, 2001 by Sparrow Records. Produced by Chapman and Brown Bannister.

Chapman's streak of No. 1 Christian AC radio hits continue with the lead single and music video "Live Out Loud," followed by "God is God" and "Magnificent Obsession." The national concert tour that followed with fellow Christian singer and songwriter Nichole Nordeman as the opening act, traveled to over 70 cities in 2002. The tour featured a re-telling of the story of five missionaries who were killed by the Huaorani people in 1956 while working in Ecuador. Each night after the story, Chapman introduced Steve Saint (the son of the slain missionary Nate Saint) and Mincaye (a native who killed the missionaries) as his guests on stage. On Declaration, Mincaye can be heard chanting in his native language at the end of the track "No Greater Love." The track "See the Glory" was co-written by Chapman's son Celeb Chapman.

Declaration peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums and number 14 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. The album was certified Gold in May 2002 by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA). Chapman won a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 33rd GMA Dove Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2002.

Track listing

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

1. Live Out Loud (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) -3:56

2. This Day –4:37

3. Jesus is Life (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) –3:33

4. No Greater Love –4:59

5. God is God –4:18

6. See the Glory (Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb Chapman) – 3:37

7. Bring It On –4:17

8. When Love Takes You In –4:44

9. Magnificent Obsession –5:03

10. Declaration Of Dependence –3:52

11. God Follower –4:20

12. Carry You to Jesus –4:06

13. Savior –5:37

Gold certified in 2002.


Dove Award -Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Declaration)

Radio singles

2001 "Live Out Loud" -#1 Christian AC, #1 Christian CHR

2001 "God is God" -#1 Christian AC

2002 "See the Glory" -#3 R&R Christian CHR

2002 "Magnificent Obsession" -#1 R&R Christian AC, #2 R&R Christian Inspo

2002 "Jesus is Life" -#22 R&R Christian CHR

Previous release: Speechless (1999)

Next release: All About Love (2003)

Watch the music video of "Live Out Loud" here:

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