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AN NRT WAYBACK EDITORIAL
30 Years of Steven Curtis Chapman's 'The Great Adventure'
NRT's J.J. Francesco looks at the veteran artist's Gold-certified album for its 30th anniversary
 


AN NRT WAYBACK EDITORIAL, 30 Years of Steven Curtis Chapman's 'The Great Adventure'
Posted: November 28, 2022 | By: JJFrancesco_NRT
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Contemporary music veteran Steven Curtis Chapman has had a long storied career. His iconic Gold-certified 1992 release, The Great Adventure, further propelled the artist's momentum in the '90s, the golden age of his career. As this album turns 30 years old, let's look back at some of the album's most notable cuts.

"The Great Adventure"

"The Great Adventure," one of Steven's most iconic songs, is meant for loudspeakers and a dance floor. An orchestral introduction gives this golden album starter its electric power. The song has a straightforward theme of embracing the gift of life as a child of God. Its iconic riff and the soaring chorus are sure to get even the cynical listeners up and moving. The song's sound is heavily influenced by the early '90s and the waning '80s. This song with positive energy is an excellent entry by one of Christian music's all-time heavy hitters. 

 

"Where We Belong"

This classic anthem has all the Chapman hallmarks: soft and reflective verses that build to a rousing chorus, and guitar hooks, backed with a '90s sound.

Steven sings about how the hands of God are the place where we truly belong. Sin has caused a rift that's separated us from God, but Christ has made way for us to come to Him. The song doesn't pack quite the same punch as the iconic title track, but it's still an underrated gem in Steven's discography, leaning heavily into his signature songwriting style.

 

"Go There With You"

In the tradition of Steven Curtis Chapman's ballads about marriage, such as "I Will Be Here," this powerful and emotional song is a promise from one spouse to another to walk with them in the toughest times and challenges. Musically, the song boasts the kind of orchestral ballad anthem sound that popularized the best of the Christian music of this era. 

 

What song from The Great Adventure is your favorite?

J.J. Francesco is a longtime contributor to the NRT Staff. He's published the novel 'Because of Austin' and regularly seeks new ways to engage faith, life, and community. His new Christmas novel, "When Miracles Can Dream," is now available!

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