“The Mighty Sky is a shining example of the ways in which educators want to encourage people of all ages to think about and investigate the world around us in creative ways. By engaging us in the universe musically, Alvey, Chapman, and Roboff have helped us understand some ‘mighty’ physics and astronomy concepts in ways that help us to understand and have fun, at the same time!” ~ Vicki H. Metzgar, Ed. D., STEM Hub Director, Tennesse
From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. A breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity, which she believes is a birthright of everyone, Beth’s passion, when you get right down to it is still ‘the song’.
Last year her “Back To Love” CD spawned a couple of hits on BBC Radio 2 and she was called across the pond for two tours culminating in a spectacular show featuring her music at the Mermaid Theater in London with BBC’s oldest running live radio show “Friday Night Is Music Night” with the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra.
She has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, The Indigo Girls, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, and many more. Beth’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. And Beth was Nashville NAMMY’S 1999 Songwriter of the Year.
Beth’s recordings have spanned many musical directions including her “Hymns” which is a classic accapella collection of ancient Latin Hymns, or “Prism” (2007), a 10 year labor of love that resulted in a double CD of songs from all paths of faith sung in 9 languages.
Most recently Beth has completed work on a 14 song CD sung in Sanskrit, the music for which she co-wrote and co-produced with Kirby Shelstad. It will be released next year through “Chopra Yoga” along with a book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga”. In addition she is just finishing a project called “The Mighty Sky” with astronomer Rocky Alvey which is a collaboration of songs for kids of all ages about astronomy.
Her groundbreaking “Sand & Water” written in the wake of her husband’s death in 1994, and “Deeper Still” released in 2001 following her own journey through breast cancer have rendered deeply healing songs as she has written her way through her grief coming through life’s twists and turns. The songs have inspired, brought comfort, and lifted the spirits of others coming through loss. Through the amazing journey of her life her songs always find her delving back into the roots of her heart, mining for treasure deep in the trenches of love and life.