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Heaven in the Real World (1994)

Updated: Apr 30

Heaven in the Real World is the sixth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, released on July 5, 1994 by Sparrow Records. The album is produced by Chapman and Phil Naish.

The album continues the success from his previous album The Great Adventure (1992) with more hit songs like the title song, "King of the Jungle" and "Dancing with the Dinosaur" all climbing to number one on the Christian radio charts.

Heaven in the Real World topped the Top Christian Albums and made its first appearance on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart peaking at number 195.

The album went Gold within six months after it was released and then in 1997 went Platinum selling over a million copies. Chapman won five Dove Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 26th GMA Dove Awards while the album was nominated for Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album at the 37th Grammy Awards.

Track listing

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

1. Heaven in the Real World -4:51

2. King of the Jungle -4:56

3. Dancing with the Dinosaur -4:47

4. The Mountain (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) -4:57

5. Treasure of You (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) -4:42

6. Love and Learn -4:10

7. Burn the Ships (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) -4:57

8. Remember Your Chains -5:23

9. Heartbeat of Heaven -5:08

10. Still Listening -4:33

11. Facts Are Facts (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) -3:31

12. Miracle of Mercy -2:40

13. Heartbeat of Heaven (reprise) -0:58

Gold certified in 1994.

Platinum certified in 1997.


Dove Award -Male Vocalist of the Year

Artist of the Year

Songwriter of the Year

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Heaven in the Real World)

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Heaven in the

Real World")

Radio singles

1994 "Heaven in the Real World" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1994 "King of the Jingle" -#1 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1995 "Dancing with the Dinosaur" -#1 Christian CHR, #3 Christian AC

1995 "Remember Your Chains" -#20 Christian AC

1995"The Mountain" -#6 Christian AC

1995 "Heartbeat of Heaven" -#19 Christian CHR, #11 Christian AC

Previous release: The Live Adventure (1993)

Watch the music video of "Heaven in the Real World" here:

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