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First Hand (1987)

Updated: Sep 16, 2023


First Hand is the debut album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. Released in 1987 and produced by Phil Naish, it is his first album on Sparrow Records. The album produced its first single "Weak Days" and became a Christian radio hit climbing to the Top 10 on the Christian charts. Other multi-format hits followed including "Hiding Place" and "Run Away." First Hand features a blend of country music with soft rock and pop. Chapman's friend and fellow Christian singer Geoff Moore co-wrote the track "Who Cares."


Track listing

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


1. First Hand (Steven Curtis Chapman, Phil Naish, Niles Borop) -3:36

2. Weak Days (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) -4:20

3. Hiding Place (Steven Curtis Chapman, Jerry Salley) -4:58

4. Run Away -4:22

5. Do They Know -4:01

6. Tell Me -4:21

7. Who Cares (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore, Phil Naish) -5:07

8. Dying to Live -3:37

9. Said and Done -5:09

10. My Redeemer Is Faithful and True (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) – 3:47


Radio singles

1987 "Weak Days" -#6 Christian CHR, #2 Christian AC

1987 "Tell Me" -#14 Christian CHR

1987 "Hiding Place" -#6 Christian AC

1988 "Run Away" -#8 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC



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