Beth’s songwriting career
From writing hits for other artists to recording hits of her own, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. A breast cancer survivor, inspirational speaker, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity, (which she believes is the birthright of everyone) Beth’s passion, when you get right down to it, is still ‘the song’.
She has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Patty Griffin, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings, and the cuts continue as American soul-singer Bette Lavette and X-Factor Winner Joe McElderry both released songs written by Beth in the fall of 2012.
Chapman’s music has shown up on ER, Dawson’s Creek, Providence, Felicity and in movie soundtracks, including “The Prince of Egypt, “Message In A Bottle”, “The Rookie”, “Where The Heart Is” and “Practical Magic”. Mega-hit “This Kiss”, ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year, sung by Faith Hill garnered her a Grammy nomination. Also in 1999 Beth became Nashville NAMMY’S 1999 Songwriter of the Year. In 2009 she was the recipient of The Distinguished Artist Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Beth often teaches her Creativity Stargaze Workshop at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory and has also taught at Universities including Berklee School of Music in Boston, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, as well as various other songwriting workshops internationally. In addition she has served on the Advisory Board for Peacejam and Healthy Child Healthy World.
Her groundbreaking “Sand & Water”, written and recorded following the death of her husband from cancer in 1994, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of “Candle In The Wind” to honor the memory of Princess Diana. The UK release of “Deeper Still”, was voted “Album Of The Year” by BBC2’s Terry Wogan. Beth also released: “Look”, co-produced with the legendary Peter Collins, featuring “I Find Your Love” written for the movie “Calendar Girls” with Patrick Doyle; “Hymns”, a collection of ancient Latin hymns, and a DVD “If Love Could Say God’s Name” recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with the London Oriana Choir. Endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in 2007 Beth released “Prism-The Human Family Songbook”, a double CD collection of sacred songs sung in nine languages, a tribute to the world’s great musical traditions. Rejuvenated and inspired, Beth released “Back To Love”, in 2010 which spawned 2 hits on BBC Radio 2. 2010 was a great year for Beth in the UK, starting with a performance at Abbey Road with Robert Plant and the 100 voice “London Oriana Choir” and ending with her October appearance at the Mermaid Theater in London with a 60 piece orchestra performing live on BBC’s Friday Night Is Music Night.
On October 9, 2012, Beth Nielsen Chapman released “The Mighty Sky”, a romping collection of songs created to engage children (and inquisitive adults) in the wonders of astronomy, designed and written specifically for kids which includes a full-color poster that contains the lyrics of the 11 scientifically sound songs, celestial photos and drawings and lesson ideas.
It’s no secret that music lights up the brain in a way that specifically empowers and supports memory. You’re not likely to hear someone say “I just can’t get that math problem out of my head!”. But Beth and her partners are betting that “The Mighty Sky” and all the vast knowledge tucked inside its lyrics will get stuck in the heads and the hearts of generations to come! Beth will be doing some special concerts and appearances in the UK to support the release of “The Mighty Sky” in which she will include many selections of her classic material, hits and favorite songs, as well as introducing her fans to some delightful selections from this hilarious infectious collection of new songs!