Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman’s co-written “This Kiss,” recorded by Faith Hill, earned the songwriter a Grammy nomination and Song of the Year honors from both the Country Music Association and ASCAP. Chapman has also provided major hits to Martina McBride (“Happy Girl”), Willie Nelson (“Nothing I Can Do About It Now”), Lorrie Morgan (“Five Minutes”), Alabama (“Here We Are”), Tanya Tucker (“Strong Enough to Bend”) and many other top Nashville stars.
Chapman’s songs have been recorded by such diverse talents as Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Barbara Mandrell, Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Roberta Flack, Olivia Newton-John, Waylon Jennings, Keb Mo, Brenda Lee, Amy Grant, Anne Murray, Mary Chapin Carpenter and The Indigo Girls. As a solo recording artist, Chapman has been a regular visitor to the adult-contemporary charts singing her own self-penned tunes.
The middle child of five in an Air Force family, Chapman was brought up on military bases. Music was her source of stability from an early age. While the family was stationed in Germany, she picked up guitar and piano at age 11 and began writing songs. By the time she was a teenager, she was performing in Montgomery, AL, club bands.
She landed a songwriting contract at age 20 and recorded Hearing It First as her debut LP in 1980. She moved to Nashville in 1985 and by the decade’s end was regularly providing hits to others.
Her songs have appeared on the soundtracks of such films as The Rookie, Where the Heart Is, Practical Magic, Calendar Girls, We Were Soldiers and Message in a Bottle. The television series Dawson Creek, ER, Touched By an Angel, Providence and Felicity also included her compositions. Chapman’s “All I Have” became familiar to millions as the recurring love theme on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.
After her husband died of cancer in 1994, Chapman worked through her grief by writing ever more emotionally profound songs. One of them was “Sand and Water,” which was picked up by Elton John. Then she was diagnosed with cancer, herself.
These experiences deepened her spiritual side. Her albums Beth Nielsen Chapman (1990), You Hold the Key (1993) and Sand and Water (1997) were followed by the even more contemplative Deeper Still (2002) and Look (2005). She also released Hymns (2004), a collection of Catholic liturgical tunes sung in Latin. Prism (2007) was an album of devotional songs from a variety of the world’s religions.
She entered the new millennium with Back to Love (2010), The Mighty Sky (2012) and Uncovered (2014), which contained her own versions of her songs that others had popularized.
Connect with Beth at www.bethnielsenchapman.com