Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman performed his top-selling single "Cinderella" on CBS's The Early Show Wednesday morning.
It was his first television performance since the accidental death of his youngest daughter, Maria Sue. Watch performance here.
Inspired by His Daughter
"Cinderella," inspired by his love for his four daughters, has taken on a deeper meaning for the artist since Maria was accidentally struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in the family's driveway nearly four months ago.
The song is about a dad watching his daughter grow up and realizing that he should cherish every moment he has with her before those moments are "gone."
Just before Chapman sang the song, The Early Show set up his performance by playing footage of Maria's memorial service. Co-host Maggie Rodriquez noted how difficult it must have been for Chapman to watch clips from the service before singing.
Relying on Faith
Chapman responded that it would have been better if he had turned away from the monitors, but said he gets through the pain of the memories by relying on his faith.
"It's really been a lot of pain, but it's also reliving a lot of the hope that's pulling us together and keeping us breathing as a family," Chapman told Rodriquez.
"I'm thankful you got to hear from the whole family," Chapman said about the memorial service footage, "It's been amazing to see how God has given us strength not just from me and my wife, but our whole family together."
Chapman also directly thanked those who have been praying for him and his family.
'Thank You for Your Prayers'
"So many people praying for us and loving us all over the world. So wherever you are, thank you for that. Thank you so much for your prayers and your encouragement," Chapman said.
Though the Chapman family initially declined all interviews and Chapman considered not returning to the stage, the family ultimately decided to speak out publicly. Chapman also decided to return to touring in July.
Last month, Chapman and his family appeared on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and People magazine.
Currently, "Cinderella" remains in the top 10 at iTunes in the Christian section and is the top-selling single on Chapman's latest album release, This Moment. "Yours," which Chapman added new verses to after Maria's death, is also available at iTunes.
In October, Chapman will tour with Michael W. Smith for the first time for "The United Tour," a month-long tour that starts Oct. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.
Chapman's international tours, meanwhile, have been canceled so he can be close to his family.
Since the death of his daughter, the family has received an abundance of support. By early September, donations to "Maria's Miracle Fund" had reached $700,000, according to Chapman's Web site.
The producer and co-writer of Chapman's single "Yours" even offered all of their royalties from the song to be donated to the charity.
Donations made to Shaohannah's Hope, a non-profit organization the family started to help adoptions, are received from around the nation.
Sources: CBN News, The Christian Post, CBS, Steven Curtis Chapman Web Site