Produced by Kirkpatrick as well, The Maple Room draws from his experience and widespread success in the pop, country and Christian music markets; Kirkpatrick was joined on the album by many of Nashville's finest musicians, including Jimmie Lee Sloas, Jerry McPherson, Gordon Kennedy, Chris McHugh, Phil Madiera, Shawn Pelton and Carl Gorodetzky with The Nashville String Machine. Kirkpatrick won the 1996 Song of the Year Grammy for Eric Clapton's "Change The World" (co-written with Gordon Kennedy and Tommy Sims).
He has notched five Top 10 Billboard hits and over a dozen #1 Contemporary Christian radio singles; among those who have recorded his songs are Amy Grant, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Susan Ashton, Michael W. Smith, Eric Clapton and Faith Hill. He also co-wrote seven songs on the most recent Garth Brooks project, Garth Brooks...In The Life of Chris Gaines, and toured, played guitar and sang background vocals in the Brooks/Gaines band. Kirkpatrick, who is signed to Warner/Chappell Music, has most recently been touring on the successful "A Night In Rocketown" Tour, with Rocketown Records label mates Chris Rice, Ginny Owens and Watermark.