WHAT: AMY GRANT & STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMANWHERE: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St., GreenvilleWHEN: Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
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TICKETS: $38-$78INFO: 241-3800; bonsecoursarena.com
Given the amount the two performers have in common, it’s hard to believe that Steven Curtis Chapman and Furman University alum Amy Grant haven’t toured together at some point.
After all, they both made their names as Contemporary Christian performers in the 1980s (though Grant has since made detours into pop and country music), they’ve both sold tens of millions of albums, and they’ve both won multiple Grammy and Gospel Music Association awards. But somehow, up until recently, the pair had only shared the stage together once.
“It was sometime in the early ’90s in Los Angeles,” Grant says. “And that’s it.That was the only time we’d been onstage together.”
But that’s all changed now, because Chapman and Grant are co-headlining their first-ever joint tour, which will make a stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this Sunday. The two will be onstage together for the entire show, and they’ll be playing songs from their entire careers.
The tour grew out of a joint show at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville, which went well enough that both performers felt the time was right.
“We’d wanted to do something for a long time,” Grant says. “The challenge is to try to put together an evening that would make someone want to spend their hard-earned money to come be entertained. We thought this would be a good package. We’ll be onstage together the whole time, tossing it back and forth. We decided to do songs from every decade that we’ve made music, which was kind of nice. There just aren’t that many artists you can travel the same timeline with, especially when it’s a long timeline. So we’re just going to reminisce and enjoy each other’s company.”
The set-list required Grant to go back through her catalog, which includes multimillion-selling albums like “Heart in Motion” and “House of Love,” and she said that revisiting the songs was an interesting process.
“My first thought is usually, ‘Woo, that note is high!’ she says with a laugh. “And then of course production values change and tastes change. I think going back and listening to material you recorded a long time ago, what you remember is the experience of recording it. That’s the great thing about music is that it becomes the backdrop to people’s lives. They don’t have to know your story, or what it was like putting it together. The creative process is always an adventure. You have to keep growing and changing and exploring.”
The tour will benefit Chapman’s Show Hope foundation, an organization that helps families facilitate international adoptions. Chapman and his wife Mary Beth have adopted three daughters from China.
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“That is really Steven’s passion,” Grant says. “His family has been so instrumental in overseas adoption.”
The current tour only runs for seven dates, which Grant says is because of their respective family lives (Grant is married to country singer Vince Gill and has four children) and because they wanted to see how things went on the road before committing to a longer schedule.
“I don’t think either one of us are at a stage in our lives where we can pack up and leave for weeks on end like we used to,” she says. “If it’s a really great experience, we might add some dates later in the fall. But just about anything now is pretty precious, especially when it comes to making music. I never dreamed I’d still be getting on the bus decades after I first started recording. It was a great window of time where we were both available, so we’ll see how it goes.”