Chapin Sisters

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The Chapin Sisters
The Chapin Sisters performing in San Diego, California on December 7, 2009. From left to right: Abigail Chapin, Lily Chapin.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Folk, Psychedelic, Pop music
Years active 2004–present
Labels Lake Bottom Records, Plain Recordings
Members Abigail Chapin
Lily Chapin
Past members Jessica Craven

The Chapin Sisters are an American folk-rock and harmony duo from New York, NY. The band consists of sisters Abigail and Lily Chapin, and formerly their half-sister Jessica Craven. Abigail and Lily are daughters of folk singer Tom Chapin and nieces of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. Jessica Craven's father is director Wes Craven.

Early Life[edit]

Abigail and Lily were born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the Hudson Valley.

By 2004 all three had relocated to Los Angeles, where they began their band at the urging of their half-brother Jonathan Craven. Before they had ever played a show together or considered themselves a band, their slow, acoustic version of Britney Spears' song "Toxic" gained attention and radio play around the country.

The Lake Bottom LP[edit]

Spurred by the sudden interest in their singing abilities, they put together a collection of songs and on March 18, 2008 they released their debut full-length album Lake Bottom LP on the Plain Recordings label. Initially it only released on vinyl records, but was soon placed on compact disc.

Many of the music critics were positive, as "they haunt the interstices of folk, pop, and blues, and play seductive games with the knife-edge of heartache. Their soft harmonies and dark sidelong lyrics fit perfectly into a new folk aesthetic that is more twisted than freaky." according to, and "their music blends the harmonies of traditional sister-acts with a modern lyrical sensibility." FLAVORPILL of San Francisco wrote "The one virtue the Chapin Sisters shares with classic sister acts of old becomes apparent when they sing together: that shiver of spotless, familial unity that makes every syllable woundingly poignant."

2010, the departure of Jessica, and 'Two'[edit]

In early 2010 Jessica took a "leave of absence" and left the band to spend time with her newborn baby, and Lily and Abigail, now a duo, set out on tour with the folk pop duo She & Him, consisting of M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel, singing back-up vocals, and opening many of the shows as well.

On September 14, 2010, Abigail and Lily released their second full-length album "Two" on their own label, Lake Bottom Records. It was co-produced by Louie Stephens of Rooney and Jesse Lee of Gang Gang Dance.[1]

A Date With the Everly Brothers[edit]

The band's newest record, released on April 23, 2013, is a tribute to The Everly Brothers titled 'A Date With the Everly Brothers'. It was funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising over 150% of the band's goal.[2]


Studio records[edit]

Year Album Label Peak chart positions
2004 The Chapin Sisters Sing the Chapin Brothers Sundance Music
2005 The Chapin Sisters EP Lake Bottom Records
2007 The Chapin Sisters/The Winter Flowers: Split LP Manimal Vinyl
2008 Lake Bottom LP Plain Recordings/Lake Bottom Records
2010 Two Lake Bottom Records
Oh, Hear the Wind Blow Lake Bottom Records
2013 A Date With the Everly Brothers Lake Bottom Records 14

Featured appearances[edit]

Year Song Album With Artist
2014 "Unchained Melody" Classics She & Him


  1. ^ "bio". The Chapin Sisters. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ "kickstarter campaign". Kickstarter. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 

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