Steven Curtis Chapman

For him, it apparently drove home the truth of “The Walk.”

“We took a lot of breaks for baseball games, it was right at baseball season,” he recalled. “Somewhere you gotta say, ‘enough is enough,’ this is gonna have to do,” he said.

Chapman credits his wife “who loves me enough to say, ‘You know this song’s really nice, but here’s what we need from you … and I feel like you’re kind of disconnected from what’s going on right now in the family.”

A winning ‘season’

Having an understanding and loving family is certainly key to Chapman in this “season” of his life: He’s in the midst of a tour with Carolyn Arends and Audio Adrenaline that will bring them to Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28.

It’s obvious that the adjustment in his “Walk” did nothing to hinder his newest creation, and may have even strengthened his work.

Chapman, who has won 28 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and three Grammy Awards, received seven Dove nominations Tuesday night. He recently netted his seventh Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year with “Signs of Life.”

‘McCracken County sound’

The Paducah, Ky., native began work with the idea of writing the music he always wanted to write. It was a process that took him down the musical McCracken County roads of his past, but revisited few themes of his earlier recordings.

He did this by changing the manner in which he writes. “I kept the guitar in my hands a whole lot more during the writing of this record,” he said, rather than writing in his head and going to the tape recorder.

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Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.

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Inside you will find a collection of columns penned by Buzz on topics ranging from the death of Rich Mullins, to his battle with Hepatitis C, to asking the question, "Does God have a sense of humor."

CCM Interviews

Buzz talks with those who, as the late Larry Norman would say, "rock the flock." His interviews range from members of Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, to David Crowder and more.

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Follow Buzz as he travels with Vine International on two different medical misison trips to Guatemala, as well as one with Volunteer Medical Mission. In 1999, he also went to Estonia with a Volunteers in Mission team.

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