Steven Curtis Chapman is one of Christian music’s most beloved stars. He’s won 58 Dove Awards, five Grammys and 48 No. 1 songs and has sold more than 11 million albums. He’s also an advocate for adoption, having helped bring home more than 4,500 children. And, he and his wife Mary Beth have opened five Show Hope special care centers that help families adopt from around the world.
The couple’s youngest daughter, Maria Sue, was killed in 2008 at the age of 5 when she was hit by an SUV driven by her older brother in their driveway. The accident was a heartbreaking tragedy for the family.
As a musician, Steven Curtis Chapman has often shared his family’s journey through highs and lows, celebrations and heartbreaking loss in interviews and his music. He says it’s these moments that connect us and help build faith in all of us.
Chapman has been a supportive voice this week in the wake of the shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville that killed three 9-year-old students and two educators. He’s particularly close to the head of the school, Katherine Koonce. “She was a dear friend and profoundly woven into our family,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
In a recent interview with The Tennessean, Chapman said he and his wife continue to work through their grief in the face of such unthinkable tragedy. They’re working to keep her memory alive through the work they do and through their Maria Sue Chapman Memorial Fund.