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Beth Nielsen Chapman

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Harlingen, Texas, USA (1976 – present)

Beth Nielsen Chapman (born on 11 September 1958 in Harlingen, Texas, USA) is an American singer-songwriter.

In 1976, Chapman played with a rock and pop group called “Harmony” in Montgomery, Alabama, effectively replacing Tommy Shaw who had just left to join Styx. She played acoustic guitar and piano as well as providing vocals for the group in a locally-popular bowling alley bar called Kegler’s Kove and has returned to play in the area on an infrequent basis ever since.

Chapman has had several popular songs on the Adult-Contemporary charts in the 1990’s, such as “I Keep Coming Back to You”, “Walk My Way”, “The Moment You Were Mine” and “All I Have”. In 1993, she sang a popular duet with Paul Carrack, “In the Time It Takes”. In early 2010 Chapman’s “Back To Love” album was #1 on the UK itunes country charts.

Co-songwriter of Faith Hill’s hit song, “This Kiss”, many other singers have interpreted her songs: Trisha Yearwood (“Down On My Knees”), Martina McBride (“Happy Girl”), Willie Nelson (“Nothing I Can Do About It Now”), Tanya Tucker (“Strong Enough to Bend”), Lorrie Morgan (“Five Minutes”), Mary Chapin Carpenter (“Almost Home”), Bette Midler (“The Color of Roses”) and others.

Bonnie Raitt has sung background vocals on several songs, including “Shake My Soul”.

Chapman’s husband Ernest Chapman died of cancer in 1994. In 2000, Beth experienced her own battle with breast cancer. The song “Sand and Water” was written after Ernest’s death; Elton John performed this song during his 1997 World Tour.

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