Gary Chapman is listed in the credits for the following albums:
|1979||Amy Grant||My Father's Eyes||Songwriter|
|1980||Jamie Owens-Collins||Straight Ahead||Songwriter|
|1980||Amy Grant||Never Alone||Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1981||Brown Bannister||Talk to One Another||Songwriter|
|1981||Amy Grant||In Concert||Songwriter|
|1981||Amy Grant||In Concert, Volume Two||Songwriter|
|1982||JoySong||The Secret of Love||Songwriter|
|1982||Truth||Keeper Of My Heart||Songwriter|
|1982||Amy Grant||Age to Age||Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1982||Glenn Garrett||Nothing Without You||Background Vocals|
|1982||Kathy Troccoli||Stubborn Love||Songwriter|
|1983||Michael W. Smith||Project||Background Vocals|
|1983||Debby Boone||Surrender||Background Vocals|
|1983||Amy Grant||A Christmas Album||Executive Producer, Songwriter, Acoustic Guitars, Pedal Steel, Background Vocals|
|1984||Amy Grant||Straight Ahead||Executive Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Background Vocals|
|1984||Michael W. Smith||2||Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1984||Kathy Troccoli||Heart and Soul||Songwriter|
|1985||The Cause||Do Something Now||Choir|
|1985||Amy Grant||Unguarded||Executive Producer, Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1986||Dennis Agajanian||Friendly Fire||Background Vocals|
|1986||Elim Hall||Things Break||Producer, Songwriter|
|1986||Randy Stonehill||The Wild Frontier||Background Vocals|
|1986||Amy Grant||Collection||Executive Producer, Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1987||Debby Boone||Friends For Life||Songwriter|
|1987||First Call||An Evening in December Volume 2||Songwriter|
|1988||Billy Sprague||La Vie||Producer, Pedal Steel, Bazouki, Sitar, Danelectro Six-String Bass, Shotgun Solos ("The Ultimatum"), Accordion, Background and Choir Vocals|
|1988||Randy Stonehill||Can't Buy a Miracle||Background Vocals|
|1988||Amy Grant||Lead Me On||Executive Producer, Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals|
|1989||Amy Grant||A Moment In Time||Bass, Background Vocals|
|1991||Amy Grant||Heart in Motion||Songwriter, Background Vocals|
|1993||Steve Camp||Taking Heaven by Storm||Songwriter, Guitars|
|1994||Randy Stonehill||Lazarus Heart||Background Vocals|
|1994||Bryan Duncan||Slow Revival||Guitars|
|1994||Gary Chapman||The Light Inside||Songwriter, Arrangements, Bass, Guitars, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Pedabro, Vocals|
|1994||Amy Grant||House of Love||Songwriter, Lap Steel, Background Vocals|
|1994||Ashton, Becker, Dente||Along the Road||Songwriter|
|1994||Kathy Troccoli||Stubborn Love '94||Songwriter|
|1995||First Call||Beyond December||Guest Vocals|
|1996||Gary Chapman||Shelter||Songwriter, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandocello, Lap and Pedal Steel, Lead and Background Vocals|
|2013||Gary Chapman||The Truth||Vocals|
Gary Chapman is an American Contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter and former television talk show host.
Early life and music career
Born in Waurika, Oklahoma, Chapman is the son of an Assemblies of God pastor, Terry Chapman. He grew up in De Leon, Texas.
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, he moved to Nashville 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. 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.
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.
Chapman's career reached new heights in the mid-1990s. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 1994. 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. His 1996 album, Shelter, delivered another #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.
At the 1998 Dove Awards, his album also featuring other artists, Hymns From The Ryman, won Country Album Of The Year.
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.
Chapman married Amy Grant on June 19, 1982. Their marriage produced three children: Matthew Garrison Chapman (born 1987), Gloria Mills Chapman (called "Millie"; born 1989), and Sarah Cannon Chapman (born 1992), who was named after country legend Minnie Pearl, a family friend. (Pearl's real name was Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon.) Citing "irreconcilable differences," Grant filed for divorce from Chapman in March 1999, and the divorce was final in June 1999.
Chapman married Jennifer Pittman in July 2000, four months after Grant wed Vince Gill. In 2005 and 2006, Gary and his wife were involved in financial difficulties resulting in personal and business bankruptcies due to a failed property development project. On September 26, 2006, Nashville Metro Police reported that Chapman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana. He pled guilty in 2007 for driving under the influence. He was sentenced to one year of probation, had his driver’s license suspended and was ordered to attend an alcohol education program. Chapman and Pittman divorced in 2007.
Chapman married Cassie Piersol, a two-time national champion cheerleader and model from Parkersburg, West Virginia, on December 22, 2008.
Together they began a project called A Hymn a Week in 2010 to honor the musical heritage left to Gary 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 the day after Christmas in 2002. His father Terry died on Easter Sunday, 2009, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease and a form of cancer known as 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/or personal connection to a different hymn each week along with a guitar/vocal performance of the work and posting them on Facebook, on a page called A Hymn a Week.
Gary was also co-owner of Crowne Music Group.
Gary Chapman (musician). (2012, August 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:29, September 18, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gary_Chapman_(musician)&oldid=509000086
Nashville, TN -- Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman returns with THE TRUTH, due on November 5th from Music Row-based Merf Music Group and distribution partners Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. The long-anticipated collection of songs is the first studio album from Chapman since 2002.