“SAM’S PLACE – MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT” RETURNS THIS FALL TO RYMAN AUDITORIUM
Steven Curtis Chapman to host popular revival series at the Mother Church.
NASHVILLE, TN (August 25, 2015) – This fall, multi-platinum selling recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman will host the return of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium. Chapman hosted the series last year to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. The six-month run will start November 8 and continue for one Sunday each month January – May 2015 (dates below.) “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” invites artists from all genres of music to share songs with an uplifting spiritual message and pay homage to the Ryman’s tabernacle roots. Artists featured in the 2014-2015 season of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” included Amy Grant, Bear and Bo Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE, Charles Esten of ABC-TV’s “Nashville,” Colony House, Danny Gokey, Deana Carter, Fairfield Four, Francesca Battistelli, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Jason Crabb, Josh Turner, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, McCrary Sisters, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, Tenth Avenue North, The Isaacs, Third Day and more.
Tickets for individual shows will be $39.50, $34.50 and $27.50. Season passes are also available for $198.00 and $173.00. Tickets go on sale August 28 at the Ryman box office, ryman.com or by calling (615) 889-3060. Group rates are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling (615) 871-5043. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Chapman’s charity Show Hope.
Portions of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” will be compiled for a one-hour broadcast on the national K-LOVE radio network each month. K-LOVE is the largest radio network in the Christian radio format with more than 446 stations in forty-seven states reaching eighteen million listeners. K-LOVE can be heard locally in Nashville on 97.1 FM.
“Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” takes its name from charismatic evangelist Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906), who gained fame in the region for his energetic sermons filled of fire and brimstone during the mid-1800s. On May 10, 1885, he led a tent revival in downtown Nashville for more than 5,000 which was attended by riverboat captain Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904.) Ryman experienced a conversion that night and, inspired by the multitude unable to find room under the tent, made it his mission to construct a great tabernacle “for all denominations” to join in worship. Seven years later, the Union Gospel Tabernacle opened its doors in 1892. It was Jones, while delivering Ryman’s eulogy at the Tabernacle on Christmas Day in 1904, who proposed the building’s name be changed to Ryman Auditorium to thunderous agreement.
Host Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christmas music with fifty-eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five Grammy® Awards, forty-eight #1 singles and eleven million albums sold. As part of the Christian music scene since the 1980s, he has eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization is a movement to help care for the millions of orphans around the world, helping to provide waiting orphans with forever homes by giving financial grants to adoptive families. Show Hope is now an internationally recognized voice for orphan advocacy and has given more than 5,000 orphans in 50+ countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 1,500 orphans with special needs have received critically needed medical care through Show Hope’s Special Care Centers, giving them a hope for a family and a future. Through numerous other programs, Show Hope empowers families, churches and communities with adoption and orphan care resources and advocacy efforts to change the world for orphans. For more information, please visit showhope.org.
Show dates: November 8, January 10, February 14, March 6, April 10 and May 1.