Gary Chapman Biography
|Date of Birth:||1957 , August-19|
|Age:||61 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Birth Name||Gary Demonte Chapman|
|Net Worth||$ 5 million|
|Married to||Karolyn J. Chapman|
|Education||Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Wake Forest University, Wheaton College|
Gary Winther Chapman is an American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician. He is also recognized as the former host of television talk show, Prime Time Country.
Early life and education
Gary Chapman was born on 19 August 1957 in Waurika, Oklahoma, U.S. He is the child of an Assemblies of God pastor Rev., Terry W. Chapman, who was minister for fifty-six years before he died in 2009, and Mary Chapman, his mother.
During his high school and college days, Chapman performed with bands. He attended Bible college which is now called Southern Assemblies of God University in Texas. Chapman is White as per ethnicity and holds American nationality.
Gary Chapman shifted to Nashville, Tennessee and was offered to play guitar for a rock band called The Rambos.
Later in 1979, his song titled 'Father's Eyes' was recorded as the title song to Amy Grants' Grammy-nominated second album, My Father's Eye. Then he released another song 'Finally,' which was recorded by T.G. Sheppard that peaked number one on the Country music charts.
During the time from 1980 to 1990s, Gary kept working; writing songs and producing music. Chapman sang 'Brave Hearts' in 1987 for the movie, Ernest Goes Camping.
He also worked with several artists on the song, Amazing Grace in the film Maverick, in 1994. Gary Chapman was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary/pop Gospel Album in 1994.
In the year 1996, The Nashville Network said Chapman would replace Tom Wopat's place as a host of their evening talk show 'Prime Time Country. By 1999, the show ended.
Then, Chapman rolled on to produce 'Muzik Mafia' on CMT as well as appeared several times on the network's 'Gone Country' as songwriting mentor.
Chapman, along with Big Kenny and John Rich, traveled to Vietnam to document the story of Niles Harris, who is a Vietnamese in the production of 'The 8th of November: A True Story of Pain and Honor.' Gary directed, wrote, produced, and scored the documentary.
Gary Chapman has been married three times to date. On 19 June 1982, Chapman married his first wife, Amy Grant. But the couple got separated, and Gary filed for divorce in 1999. The divorce was finalized in June 1999.
After the divorce, Chapman married his second wife in July 2000. The husband and wife stayed together for several years before divorcing in 2007.
On 22nd December 2008, Chapman married his third wife, Cassie Piersol. The couple started a project called A Hymn a Week in 2010 to honor the musical heritage left with Chapman by his father and mother. On 26 December 2002, Chapman's mother died, and on 12 April 2009, his father died.
Gary has two children; Gloria Mills Chapman, and Matthew Garrison Chapman from his first wife Amy Grant. He and his current/third wife Cassie Piersol (current wife), has adopted an infant girl named Eva, in 2014.
Gary and Cassie have contributed to various organizations and charities.
Gary Chapman earns a decent amount of money from his successful career as a contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter with some help from his acting career. As of 2017, Chapman's net worth is estimated to be $ 5 million.
Chapman has also made money from The Nashville Network, as a host of the evening talk show, 'Prime Time Country.' According to statistics online, he earned an average salary of $ 67,000 a year when on the network.
In 1996, Gary Chapman won the Male Vocalist award of the Year at GMA Dove. Some of his songs are still popular today, as one of his song 'Finally' which was recorded by T. G. Sheppard, peaked at number one on the country music charts.
Moreover, Chapman has also won Country Album of the year in 1998 at Dove Awards, for his album 'Hymns From The Ryman' featuring with several artists.