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The Drop: Beth Nielsen Chapman

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In conjunction with the release of her 13th solo album, Hearts Of Glass, singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will visit the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance, hosted by Executive Director Scott Goldman. Produced by Sam Ashworth, Hearts of Glass is a collection of songs about vulnerability and strength, and includes several new compositions and a few striking versions of rediscovered songs. Chapman also includes on the record a pair of early songs recorded by Waylon Jennings (“Old Church Hymns & Nursery Rhymes”) and Willie Nelson (“If My World Didn’t Have You”). Rodney Crowell provides vocals on “If My World Didn’t Have You,” and Ruby Amanfu sings on five of the album’s 11 tracks. Although Chapman has been making records since 1980 with many top producers, Hearts of Glass marks the first time in a long time she has not been at least a co-producer. As a songwriter, Chapman has placed hit songs with country artists such as Alabama, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and Trisha Yearwood. She earned her first GRAMMY nomination in 1998 for Best Country Song for “This Kiss,” which was recorded by Faith Hill. She earned her second GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for her children’s album The Mighty Sky. In 2016, she teamed with friends Olivia Newton-John and Amy Sky for an album titled LIV ON, focusing on music that would bring comfort to those experiencing grief and loss. Chapman’s songs have been cut by an eclectic list of artists such as Neil Diamond, Amy Grant, The Indigo Girls, Waylon Jennings, Elton John, Kenny Loggins, Patti LuPone, Michael McDonald, Bette Midler, Keb’ Mo’, Olivia Newton-John, and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016.