With a happy family, a life anchored in faith, and a musical career as one of the country’s leading singer/songwriters of contemporary Christian music, Steven Curtis Chapman could well have felt blessed as 2008 dawned.

He still does.

But there’s been a profound period of reflection and “recreation” in the interim.

“For a kid from Padukah, Kentucky, I’ve been really blessed to share my music with exponentially more people than I ever thought I would,” Chapman, 48, said during a telephone interview last month. Now based in the Nashville area, the multi-Grammy award-winner will be making something of a rare visit to this area with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Liberty Church, Shrewsbury, as part of his “Songs and Stories” tour with fellow musical travelers and Christian songwriters Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson.

The three will sit in a circle, and, as the title of the show suggests, share songs, stories, and play lots of musical instruments. The tour is being described as a “songwriter’s night experience rarely seen out of Nashville.”

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