Thursday, 8 March 2018

Beth Nielsen Chapman will be release new album HEARTS OF GLASS in the United States on April 27

Hearts Of Glass' is a powerful collection of songs that dig deep into the place
within us where vulnerability meets strength.

(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) March 6, 2018 – Hearts of Glass, a beautiful new album by Beth Nielsen Chapman, will be released in the United States on April 27.

The celebrated songwriter issued the 11-track project in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2018 (Amazon UK - UK iTunes Label: Proper Records) prior to a four-week tour there. Tracks from HEARTS OF GLASS have been aired on BBC Scotland (Iain Anderson, Rick Ross) and local BBC stations.

Her track “Come To Mine” has also been on the Chris Country Radio New Music List.

It debuted at No.1 on the UK iTunes Country Chart Country (#61 UK iTunes overall) staying in the top 5 until Sunday Feb 11 ( (#379 overall).

On the Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 22 February 2018) it made a debut at No.2 with an additional bow at No.5 on the Official UK Americana Albums Chart Top 40 (Week Ending 22 February 2018).

On 23rd February 2018 the BBC broadcast a special programme, hosted by Bob Harris (OBE), to mark the 30 years since the legendary series The Old Grey Whistle Test was last broadcast. This live studio show featured music, special guests and rare archive footage. Beth made her OGWT debut (Live: For One Night Only; available on the BBC iPlayer), as a backing singer for Robert Vincent (who joins her on her UK Tour) at the end of the programme

Beth Nielsen Chapman Remaining UK Dates
Thurs 8 March 2018 - Pocklington, York Pocklington Arts Centre £30.00 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Sat 10 March 2018 - Gillingham, Dorset Gillingham School £25.00 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Sun 11 March 2018 - Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex De La Warr Pavilion  £25, £22.50.
Sun 11 March 2018 - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (Marina, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 1DP) £24.75 with special guest Robert Vincent  Ticketmaster UK
Mon 12 March 2018 - Wavendon, Milton Keynes The Stables £29.50 & £27.50. with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Thurs 15 March 2018 -  Gateshead Quays, Gateshead The Sage (Hall 2) £27.30 TICKETS More info
Sun 18 March 2018 – StamfordThe Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre £25.00 & £22.50 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Mon 19 March 2018 -  Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk The Apex £27.50, £23 with special  guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Weds 21 March 2018 – BirminghamTown Hall £22.50 – ​£30.50 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Thurs 22 March 2018 – London Cadogan Hall £34.50,£34.50, £29.50, £22.50 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Sat 24 March 2018 – Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall £23.50, £29.50, £32 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Sun 25 March 2018 – ManchesterRoyal Northern College of Music £27.50 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Tues 27 March 2018 – LeedsCity Varieties Music Hall £21.00 – £29.50 TICKETS More info
Thurs 29 March 2018 – Bridport, Dorset Electric Palace special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info
Fri 30 March 2018 – BristolSt George’s Bristol £28.50, £25.50 with special guest Robert Vincent TICKETS More info

Produced by Sam Ashworth, HEARTS OF GLASS is a collection of songs about vulnerability and strength, which includes several new compositions and a few striking versions of rediscovered songs. Riveting and sparse, these songs, like the heart, traverse the delicate line between vulnerability and strength.

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 background vocals on “If I Didn’t Have You,” and Ruby Amanfu sings on five of the album’s 11 tracks. Hearts of Glass is Chapman’s 13th studio album and her first release since her 2016 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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. Inspired to create an album with clarity and space, in the same vein of the Civil Wars, Chapman contacted Charlie Peacock, their producer. Peacock embraced her vision. However, when their schedules did not align, Peacock set up an introductory meeting with his son and fellow producer, Sam Ashworth. After initial conversations with Ashworth, Chapman felt confident that this partnership would work and turned production completely over to him. 

For Hearts of Glass, Chapman refreshed five songs that have appeared on her past albums: “Rage on Rage,” “All for the Love,” “Child Again,” “Life Holds On” and “Dancer to the Drum.” 

Ashworth approached the new recordings with minimal touches of production, occasionally moving the accompaniment from piano to acoustic guitar. 

The spare arrangements are especially effective on poignant songs like “Epitaph for Love.” Meanwhile, “You’re Still My Valentine” provides a unique dip into the complexities of deep lasting love.

“Creatively this was an interesting new dynamic for me,” Chapman says. “Handing over so many of the decisions and trusting the process, while trying to quiet my inner control freak. By doing so, I ended up, not only with something I loved, but I learned a lot about myself and the places you can go when you let someone else drive.”

Ashworth and Chapman also worked together as songwriters on the jubilant “Enough for Me.” In addition, she collaborated with Graham Gouldman (of 10cc) and Nashville songwriter Kevin Montgomery on the inviting lead track, “Come to Mine.” 

Chapman’s songs have been cut by an eclectic list of legendary artists ranging from Neil Diamond, Waylon Jennings, Keb Mo’, The Indigo Girls, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins to Elton John, Patti LuPone, Bette Midler, Amy Grant, Olivia Newton-John and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.

Her impressive songwriting catalog includes “Down on My Knees” (Trisha Yearwood), “Five Minutes” (Lorrie Morgan), “Happy Girl” (Martina McBride), “Here We Are” (Alabama), “Nothing I Can Do About It Now” (Willie Nelson), “Strong Enough to Bend” (Tanya Tucker), and “This Kiss” (Faith Hill). 

Other country artists who have recorded her songs include Suzy Bogguss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Terri Clark, Holly Dunn, Sara Evans, the Forester Sisters, Lee Greenwood, Andy Griggs, Emmylou Harris, Ty Herndon, Highway 101, Barbara Mandrell, Kathy Mattea, Jamie O’Neal, Marie Osmond, Pam Tillis, and Don Williams. 

As a breast cancer survivor, speaker on grief and creativity, and a teacher of songwriting, vocal, and creativity workshops, Chapman, in addition to her concerts, has delivered deeply moving and inspiring keynotes at various conferences. Her stories and delivery illustrate the healing power of music, as she weaves her music into this theme, opening every heart to experience how resilience is fueled through creativity. That is the clear focus in her presentations as she deems herself a “creativity whisperer” with a passion for inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life.

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