Gary Chapman (musician)

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Gary Chapman
Birth name Gary Winther Chapman
Born (1957-08-19) August 19, 1957 (age 58)
Waurika, Oklahoma, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Contemporary Christian
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Voice, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts The Rambos, Amy Grant

Gary Winther 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,[1] Chapman is the son of an Assemblies of God pastor, Terry Chapman.[citation needed] He grew up in De Leon, Texas.[2]

Chapman performed in bands throughout high school and college.[citation needed] 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 guitar player for The Rambos.[citation needed] 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.[3] In 1982, his song "Finally" recorded by T. G. Sheppard reached No. 1 on the country music charts.[citation needed] He also received a Dove Award as Songwriter of the Year from the Gospel Music Association in 1981.[4]

During the rest of the 1980s and the early 1990s, Chapman continued to write, record, and produce music, while touring as an opening act for various artists.[citation needed]

He sang "Brave Hearts" in 1987 for the Touchstone Pictures film Ernest Goes to Camp.[5] He also collaborated with numerous artists in the singing of Amazing Grace in the 1994 film, Maverick.[6]

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 1994.[7] 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.[4]

In April 1996, Chapman won Male Vocalist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards.[4] 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.[8] At the 1998 Dove Awards, his album also featuring other artists, Hymns From The Ryman, won Country Album of the Year.[9]

Television career[edit]

In the middle of 1996, The Nashville Network announced Chapman would replace Tom Wopat as host of their evening talk show, Prime Time Country.[citation needed] The show ended after 1999. Chapman went on to produce "Muzik Mafia" on CMT[10] as well as appear numerous times on the network's "Gone Country" as a songwriting mentor.[11] Chapman, along with John Rich and Big Kenny (the country duo, Big and Rich) traveled to Viet Nam to document the story of Niles Harris, a Viet Nam vet in the production of "The 8th of November: A True Story of Pain and Honor". Chapman produced, wrote, directed and scored the documentary.[12]

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.[13]

Chapman married Jennifer Pittman in July 2000. Chapman and Pittman divorced in 2007.[citation needed]

On December 22, 2008, Chapman married Cassie Piersol.[14] The couple began a project called A Hymn a Week[15][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 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.[citation needed]

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.[16][17][18][19]



Year Title Peak chart positions Label
1981 Sincerely Yours Lamb & Lion
1983 Happenin'... Live
1987 Everyday Man 26 Reunion
1994 The Light Inside 10
1996 The Early Years Lamb & Lion
Shelter 7 192 12 Reunion
1997 This Gift 16 16
1998 Hymns from the Ryman Word
1999 Outside Reunion
2002 The Best of Gary Chapman: After God's Own Heart
Circles and Seasons Word
2013 The Truth


Year Single US Country Album
1988 "When We're Together (Love's So Strong)" 60 Everyday Man
"Everyday Man" 76


  1. ^ "IMDB". IMDB - Gary Chapman. IMDB. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gary Chapman: The US CCM songwriter returns after a long absence". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1980 - Grammy Award Winners 1980". Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dove Award Past Winners". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "IMDB Earnest Goes to Camp". IMDB Earnest Goes to Camp. IMDB. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "IMDB Maverick". IMDB Maverick. IMDB. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The 39th Annual Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dove Awards". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
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  13. ^ Jay Orr (October 9, 1999). "Amy starts over: Grant picks up pieces after divorce". John Lam. Retrieved August 29, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Gary Chapman". Facebook. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "A Hymn a Week website". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Agape Animal Rescue". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "T.J. Martell Foundation | Home". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Make-A-Wish® America". Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Nashville Rescue Mission". Nashville Rescue Mission. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 

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