Biography

Chapman Welch was born on December 27, 1973 in Corinth Mississippi. The son of Dr. and Mrs. Carl Welch, Chapman Welch started his music career at the young age of seven, when he began to play piano. Eight years later, at the age of twelve, Chapman followed in his brothers’ footsteps and took an interest in playing the guitar. Brother Sammy, who played guitar, Ernie, who had a blue grass band, and Chapman often played together as they grew up. Law of Nature at SHS. While attending high school in Corinth, Chapman formed the band Law of Nature. At fifteen he was already composing music that would be recorded six years later on their first album, Four Points in the Valley. During Chapman’s sophomore year in high school, Law of Nature played its first show at a school Spanish club party (Welch). This debut appearance would lead to the band’s ten years of uplifting shows, three CD’s that show incredible talent, and a true musical contribution to the state of Mississippi.

While still attending high school, Law of Nature, consisting of Chapman Welch (guitar), Jennifer Knight (lead vocal), Karen Estill (bass, back-up and lead vocal), and Jeff Stark (drums), picked up gigs playing in bars in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1992 Chapman graduated from high school in Corinth and moved to Starkville, Mississippi, to pursue his musical career with Law of Nature (Welch). Soon after his move, the band settled in Starkville, and Chapman began to attend Mississippi State University. While attending college in Starkville, Chapman and Law of Nature began to play at local bars such as Rick’s Cafe American . In 1994, during his senior year, Chapman withdrew from Mississippi State to begin recording and touring with Law of Nature. Over the course of the next four years, Chapman and the band would play shows in states ranging from Oklahoma to Florida and record three CD’s that would leave fans always looking for more!

Four Points in the Valley, the first CD from Law of Nature, was recorded in 1994 at Duck Tape Music Studio in Decatur, Alabama, and Miledge Studio in Memphis, Tennessee (Law of Nature…). This CD includes ten tracks with songs written by Chapman when he was only fifteen years old. This major work of Law of Nature contains popular songs such as “Noise in the Hallway,” “King of the Road,” and “Across the Great Divide” (Law of Nature…). In 1996 Law of Nature released its second CD, More. This CD was also recorded in Decatur, Alabama, by Johnny Sandlin, who has recorded the popular band Widespread Panic (Welch). More contains ten tracks and features percussionist Mike Freed and Jimmy Hall, who played with the 1970’s band Wet Willy. Popular songs from More include, “Carolina,” “Sun,” and “Train Song” (Law of Nature…). Fred Garnett at Cheeseland Studio recorded the third CD from Law of Nature, Hot Pants and Pop Rocks, in April of 1998. Hot Pants and Pop Rocks has fourteen tracks and includes popular songs such as, “Radio Flyer,” “Tomorrow,” and “We all Move Along” (Law of Nature…). All three of these great works of Law of Nature show the amazing talent of the band.
Law of Nature visiting SHS

In the summer of 1998, Chapman decided it was time to end Law of Nature and go back to school at Mississippi State where he had been a philosophy major (Welch). On December 10, 1998, Law of Nature played their last show in Starkville, Mississippi, at Rick’s Cafe to a packed crowd of one thousand people (Law of Nature…). Chapman graduated from MSU later that same year with a degree in Philosophy . Currently, Chapman Welch is living in Starkville, Mississippi and continues to perform in local bars. He regularly performs at the Dark Horse Tavern. In the future he plans to continue his education in graduate school and pursue the composition world. He gives advice to young musicians and says, “Realize that it’s an honor and a gift to play and that if people want to hear you play, then it’s a blessing

Edited by neightwalker on 6 May 2011, 14:00

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