This is the title track of Steven Curtis Chapman's 18th album, The Glorious Unfolding. After the tragic death of his five-year-old daughter Maria in May 2008, Chapman questioned whether he'd ever make music again, but he soldiered on. The record centers on the truth that God is at work telling a story through both the wonderful and painful chapters of our lives: "The theme for the new album was this idea that God will complete the story and in fact, He already has completed it and knows the ending," said Chapman. "Yet a part of the mystery is that He is revealing it in our lives and it's this unfolding, incredible tale of His love for us. This album gave me a chance to tell that, to celebrate loss and hope and new life. For all of that, I'm really grateful."
The songs on The Glorious Unfolding represent the latest season in Chapman's life. "The idea of this unfolding story has been the overarching theme as I started thinking: 'What's the message of this season of my life? And how can I share that in an encouraging way with others that listen to my music and know my story?'" Chapman told Billboard magazine.
"There's a deepening sense of God is telling a story. It's [what the Bible says in] Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' It's like God saying, 'I know the story I'm telling. Will you trust me? Even if it means there are hard chapters, will you trust me with those hard chapters and will you trust that in the end of this story that you're going to be amazed?'"
Meghan Trainor and her producer Kevin Kadish originally wrote "All About That Bass" for another artist to record. However, after Epic Records boss LA Reid heard Meghan play a demo of the song on a ukulele, he signed the young songwriter to his label and told her she should sing it.
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