Gary Chapman (musician)

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Gary Chapman
Born(1957-08-19) August 19, 1957 (age 56)
Waurika, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresContemporary Christian
InstrumentsVoice, guitar
Years active1979–present
Associated actsThe Rambos, Amy Grant
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Gary Chapman
Born(1957-08-19) August 19, 1957 (age 56)
Waurika, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresContemporary Christian
InstrumentsVoice, guitar
Years active1979–present
Associated actsThe Rambos, Amy Grant

Gary Chapman (born August 19, 1957) is an American contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter and former television talk show host.

Early life and music career[edit]

Born in Waurika, Oklahoma, Chapman is the son of an Assemblies of God pastor, Terry Chapman. He grew up in De Leon, Texas.[1]

Chapman performed in bands throughout high school and college. After going to Bible college at what is now Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and was hired as bass player for The Rambos. In 1979, his song "Father's Eyes" was recorded as the title track to Amy Grant's Grammy-nominated second album My Father's Eyes.[citation needed] In 1982, his song "Finally" recorded by T. G. Sheppard reached No. 1 on the country music charts. He also received a Dove Award as Songwriter of the Year from the Gospel Music Association.[citation needed]

During the rest of the 1980s and the early 1990s, Chapman continued to write, record, and produce music, while touring as an opening act and bass player for Grant. He sang "Brave Hearts" in 1987 for the Touchstone Pictures film Ernest Goes to Camp.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 1994.[citation needed] The Light Inside also resulted in a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. It also yielded a contemporary Christian music chart No. 1 song, "Sweet Glow of Mercy." He won a second Dove Award in 1994 for co-producing the album, Songs from the Loft, featuring various artists.

In April 1996, Chapman won Male Vocalist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards.[citation needed] His 1996 album, Shelter, delivered another No. 1, "One of Two", with "Man After Your Own Heart" resulting in a Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year and featuring on the Dove award winning Special Event Album of the Year, My Utmost for His Highest. Shelter also received a 1997 Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.[citation needed]

At the 1998 Dove Awards, his album also featuring other artists, Hymns From The Ryman, won Country Album of the Year.[2]

Television career[edit]

In the middle of 1996, Dick Clark Productions and The Nashville Network announced Chapman would replace Tom Wopat as host of their signature evening talk show, Prime Time Country. The show experienced improved ratings under Chapman, and kept the network's tradition of having a daily talk show, a network staple since its 1983 introduction (first with Ralph Emery, then Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase), but ended after 1999 because of MTV Networks' takeover of the CBS Cable Group. MTV shelved TNN in favour of starting an adult male-oriented network (now Spike TV), which also shut down CBS Cable Group and the network's Nashville, Tennessee and Concord, North Carolina operations, since TNN was based out of both offices.

Personal life[edit]

Chapman married Amy Grant on June 19, 1982. Citing "irreconcilable differences", Grant filed for divorce from Chapman in March 1999 and the divorce was finalized in June 1999.[citation needed]

Chapman married Jennifer Pittman in July 2000. In 2005 and 2006, Chapman and his wife were involved in financial difficulties resulting in personal and business bankruptcies due to a failed property development project.[3] In September 2006 Chapman was arrested for DUI [4][5] to which he plead guilty in 2007 and was sentenced to one year of probation, had his driver’s license suspended and was ordered to attend an alcohol education program.[6] Chapman and Pittman divorced in 2007.

On December 22, 2008, Chapman married Cassie Piersol, at their home by his father Terry.[7] The couple began a project called A Hymn a Week[8][better source needed] in 2010 to honor the musical heritage left to Chapman by his parents. Chapman has stated that both his parents, who were small town pastors for their entire lives, had a strong influence in his life and they "implanted the hymns into [his] heart". Chapman's mother, Mary, died on December 26, 2002. His father Terry died on April 12, 2009, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease and a form of cancer called multiple myeloma. During his last years, he lived with Chapman and his wife. During that time, Chapman played and sang old hymns at his father's bedside. They then began filming the brief history and personal connection to a different hymn each week along with a guitar and vocal performance of the work and posting them on Facebook, on a page called A Hymn a Week.

Chapman is currently working on his new album that is scheduled to be available November 5, 2013.

Chapman and his wife are involved in many charities and organizations: Nashville Rescue Mission, Agape Animal Rescue, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation. [9][10][11][12]



YearTitlePeak chart positionsLabel
1981Sincerely YoursLamb & Lion
1983Happenin'... Live
1987Everyday Man26Reunion
1994The Light Inside10
1996The Early YearsLamb & Lion
1997This Gift1616
1998Hymns from the RymanWord
2002The Best of Gary Chapman: After God's Own Heart
Circles and SeasonsWord


YearSingleUS CountryAlbum
1988"When We're Together (Love's So Strong)"60Everyday Man
"Everyday Man"76


  1. ^ "Gary Chapman: The US CCM songwriter returns after a long absence". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dove Awards". Retrieved October 4th 2013. 
  3. ^ "Singer Chapman fights property foreclosure". Nashville City Paper. October 5, 2005. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Former TNN Host Arrested On DUI Charges[dead link]
  5. ^ redirected=true "". Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Christian singer pleads guilty to Tennessee DUI". Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gary Chapman". Facebook. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "A Hymn a Week website". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Agape Animal Rescue". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "T.J. Martell Foundation | Home". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Make-A-Wish® America". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nashville Rescue Mission". Nashville Rescue Mission. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 

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