Two country and Christian musical artists have joined forces for the first time, together representing eight Grammy aways, 77 number one singles and more than 30 gold and platium albums.
The idea for the tour came together shortly after Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith spent time together in the UK working on the "Compassionart project" that brought more than 10 of Christian Music's most revered singers, songwriters and worship leaders together to write and record a collection of songs, for charity.
The duo will perform one show March 17 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, the only Iowa stop on their national tour. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at $65, $55, $45 and $35. Call 800-745-3000.
"The United Tour" features both artists performing music from their current albums: Chapman's This Moment and Smith's A New Hallelujah.
In addition to uniting on stage, the two artists are also bringing their ministry passions together. Through a groundbreaking partnership, Chapman's ministry dedicated to orphan care, Shaohannah's Hope (www.showhope.org), and Smith's long-time ministry partner Compassion International (www.compassion.com) will benefit from the tour. More than 2,000 orphaned children in Compassion's program around the world were sponsored as a result of the tour's first 20 dates. This spring, Shaohannah's Hope and their efforts to assisting families who desire to adopt will receive the tour's charity focus.
Throughout his 25-year career as a recording artist, Michael W. Smith has amassed an impressive catalog of achievements. His 20 albums have garnered multiple honors and produced 33 No. 1 radio hits.Smith, who was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, has scored several film projects, written 11 books and has been named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People.
Steven Curtis Chapman has sold over 10 million records including two platinum albums and seven gold albums. Along with his Dove and Grammy awards, Chapman has won an American Music Award, recorded 45 No. 1 US radio hits and been awarded 54 Dove Awards, more than any other artist to date. Since his recording career began in 1987, he has recorded 16 projects with Sparrow Records. Chapman has performed at the White House. Shaohannah's Hope was named after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China.