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Speechless (1999)

Updated: Sep 16, 2023


Speechless is the ninth studio album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, released on June 3, 1999 by Sparrow Records. Produced by Chapman and Brown Bannister.


Speechless provided five No. 1 singles on the Christian AC radio chart than any of Chapman's other albums: "The Change," "Fingerprints of God," "Great Expectations," "Dive" and the title song "Speechless." The album is considered one of Chapman's greater works by many and is recognized by many as being one of the best Christian albums of all time.


The album topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It was certified Gold in November 1999 and Platinum a year later selling over a million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2000, Chapman won his fourth Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album at the 42nd Grammy Awards and also won four Dove Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Pop.Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for the song "Dive" at the 31st GMA Dove Awards and winning another Male Vocalist title the following year.


Track listing

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


1. Dive -3:58

2. Speechless (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) -5:07

3. The Change (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) -3:47

4. Great Expectations -5:03

5. Next Five Minutes (Steven Curtis Chapman, Adam Anders) -4:20

6. Fingerprints of God – 4:03

7. The Invitation (Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore) –4:58

8. Whatever –4:02

9. I Do Believe – 4:02

10. What I Really Want to Say -4:23

11. With Hope –5:13

12. The Journey (Steven Curtis Chapman, J. A. C. Redford) -3:06

13. Be Still and Know –3:20


Gold certified in 1999.

Platinum certified in 2000.


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album (Speechless)

Dove Award -2000, 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year

2000 Artist of the Year

2000 Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Speechless)

2000 Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Dive")


Radio singles

1999 "Speechless" -#1 Christian AC, #2 Christian CHR

1999 "Dive" -#1 Christian AC, #1 Christian CHR

2000 "Whatever" -#3 Christian CHR

2000 "Fingerprints of God" -#1 Christian AC

2000 "Great Expectations" -#1 Christian AC

2000 "I Do Believe" -#3 Christian CHR

2000 "The Change" -#1 Christian AC, #4 Christian CHR


Next release: Declaration (2001)


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