Note: This article originally appeared on View From The Pugh on Feb. 12, 2012.
The three songwriters were all on the stage for a large part of their three-hour concert, performing songs and telling stories from their careers.
Their simplified approach worked well for all of the songwriters.
“This tour has been a great opportunity to share the stage with these guys,” Chapman said. “We’re humbled these songs have been mile markers on your faith journey.”
Chapman, backed by Peterson and Wilson at various points during his set, performed many of his hits throughout a 25-year career, including “Live Out Loud,” “Dive,” “Heaven in the Real World,” “Great Adventure,” “Lord of the Dance” and “I Will Be Here.”
His love for adoption and family was clear as he shared the story of adoption and the launch of Show Hope, a charity which helps families seeking to adopt orphans.
He shared the story while singing “When Love Takes You In” while a video of adopted families played on the video screen.
Chapman also shared his story of losing one of his adopted daughters, Maria, during a rollover accident, in 2008, before singing “Cinderella.” “Heaven is the Face,” “Yours and “I Surrender All.”
“Your prayers are a big reason why I can stand here and play these songs,” Chapman said.
He also shared how he was praying for a Nashville family who lost a child this week with a similar accident.
Peterson and Wilson both did well in their individual sets.
Peterson’s sense of humor was a nice compliment to his passionate songs and Wilson’s performance was highlighted by a fascinating instrumental guitar version of “Amazing Grace.”