Gary Winther Chapman is an American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician. He is also recognized as the former host of a 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 a 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 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 Grant's Grammy-nominated second album, My Father's Eye. Then he released another song, Finally which was recorded by T.G. Sheppard that peaked at number one on the Country music charts.
From 1980 to the 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 had ended.
Then, Chapman continued to produce Muzik Mafia on CMT and appeared several times on the network's Gone Country as a songwriting mentor.
Chapman, Big Kenny, and John Rich traveled to Vietnam to document the story of Niles Harris, a Vietnamese in the production of '8 November: A True Story of Pain and Honor.' Gary directed, wrote, produced, and scored the documentary.
Champman's Social Media Presence
Gary is not a social media person who stays active on the social networking sites like Instagram and Twitter. However, he is active on Facebook, having 25 thousand of followers sharing his thoughts and pictures on his Facebook platform.
You can find his songs on youtube, but it seems like his official youtube channel is not providing his songs there. Fans of Champman hope to see him on Twitter and Instagram interacting with them.
Is Gary Champman Married?
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 22 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. Chapman's mother died on 26 December 2002, and his father died on 12 April 2009.
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), 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. Chapman's net worth is estimated to be $ 5 million, just like Ned Dennehy.
Chapman has also made money from The Nashville Network as 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 songs, T. G. Sheppard recorded Finally, which peaked at number one on the country music charts.
Moreover, Chapman also won Country Album of the year in 1998 at Dove Awards for his album Hymns From The Ryman, featuring several artists.
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by ab-niranjan, 16 Nov, 2017