"Got my first guitar when I was 5 or 6-years-old," he says. "It was about that same age my family and I became Christians… so faith and music were woven together at an early age."
He performs to sell-out crowds. He's won 5 Grammy Awards and sold more than 10 million albums. Earlier this month, he was nominated for another Grammy for his new album "All I Really Want for Christmas…."
And that's where his story really begins, reports CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.
"Christmas is a time when people are thinking about the needs of others a little bit more," Steven says. "This is a great time for me to mention the fact that there are these more than 50 million kids in the world that don't have this great treasure… you know… just the treasure of family."
Ten years ago, Steven and his wife Mary Beth were living comfortably outside Nashville with their three children when the oldest, Emily, began a campaign to get them to adopt an orphan from China.
"Christmas rolled around in 6th grade and I bought, with all my Christmas money, I bought this 'how to adopt internationally' book," Emily says. "And every time I was in the car I would read it to my mom and dad… and they were just like, 'okay, if we hear any more statistics we're just going to go cross-eyed!'"
It was a difficult decision, but in 2000 they finally gave in and adopted a little girl they named Shaohannah.
Then they went back in 2003 and adopted Stevie Joy.
And back again in 2004, for Maria Sue.
Adoption became their mission, their passion. They spread the word in church, at concerts and family gatherings and they were very persuasive.
"Steve's brother, who has since adopted from China, my brother twice," Mary Beth says. "There's some good friends of ours in California… They just got back last year with their little girl… Good friends of ours, Becky and Tracy Henry, they had four children at the time and they have since come back with their little girl and now both of his brothers have adopted from China."
"She's a little bit of a dangerous friend to have here if you don't wanna get involved," Steven says, talking about his wife, with a chuckle, "Cause she'll have your paperwork filled out for you, have you halfway to China before you even know it."
They would do whatever it took to see that a little girl found a home.
"A lot of people come to us saying, 'You know, we've thought about adoption, but then we saw the price tag and went, well, there's no way we could afford that,'" Steven continues. "Well, my wife is like getting out the checkbook going, 'Well, how much do you need?' And you know, you start looking and going, 'You know, hey there's a line going — it's out the door now.
"I'm looking at the bank account going, 'I don't think we can help all these people. What do we do?' he adds. "And that's when we started Shaohannah's Hope,"
"Shaohannah's Hope" is the charity they started to share information and raise funds for families who want to adopt but need financial help.
So far they've helped more than 500 families adopt a child — and not just from China but all over the world, including the United States.