UPDATE (25/07) Read a review of Beth’s concert at the SummerTyne Americana Festival in Gateshead.
UPDATE (23/07) I arranged for Beth to be interviewed by Naomi Sayers from PhoenixFM and you can listen to that interview on Naomi’s Feelgood Saturday show on 22 July 2017 here http://www.phoenixfm.com/category/feelgood-saturday/ If this doesn’t whet your appetite for Wednesday – nothing will. Beth’s talks about how she enjoys small intimate shows and looking forward to playing Emmanuel. She also talks about how she’s going to be showcasing songs from her new album due for release in 2018.
Can you believe that Nashville Superstar Beth Nielsen Chapman will play a small intimate gig at Emmanuel, Billericay on Wednesday 26 July 2017 as a lead up to her appearance at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival.
Well it’s about to happen! I’ve been a fan of Beth for many years and her album Sand and Water is one of my all time faves. This is another of those shows not to be missed – I say that all the time, only this time it definitely isn’t! Again!
TICKETS are £25 & Fees and are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/402814 Doors £30
GENERAL SEATING Emmanuel Church is theatre style with excellent views ‘in the round’ – see pictures below – but there will also be some standing.
DOORS 18.30 I Support 19.30 I Beth Nielsen Chapman 20.30
BAR There will be a reasonably priced bar provided by my friends at Billericay Brewery a local microbrewery in the church hall. No drinks, apart from water, will be allowed in the church itself.
HOW TO FIND US Emmanuel is a 10 mins walk from Billericay station (which is 25 mins from Liverpool Street) and there is parking for about 70 cars on site – additional parking can be found on the High Street and behind Iceland. Post code CM12 9LD.
From writing hits for other artists to recording her own, twice Grammy-nominated this Nashville based singer-songwriter has truly embraced musical diversity. A breast cancer survivor and environmentalist, Beth teaches workshops internationally and considers herself a “creativity midwife”, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life. She’s 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, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette Lavette and many more. Her music has been heard 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,” sung by Faith Hill , was ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year, garnered a Grammy nomination and Nashville NAMMY’S 1999 Songwriter of the Year.
Among Beth’s own recordings, the groundbreaking Sand & Water released following the death of her husband from cancer in 1994, was performed by Elton John on his 1997 U.S. tour in place of “Candle In The Wind” to honour the memory of Princess Diana. Deeper Still was voted “Album Of The Year” by BBC2’s Terry Wogan. Beth also released Look, co-produced with the legendary Peter Collins, featuring “I Find Your Love” written for the movie Calendar Girls with Patrick Doyle. Back To Love, released in 2010, spawned two hits on BBC Radio 2, and in 2012 Beth debuted, The Mighty Sky, a romping collection of songs about the wonders of astronomy that earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for “Best Children’s Album.”
On Beth’s 2014 release Uncovered, she rolls out a batch of songs that have been covered by other artists, but she has never recorded herself. Most were Top 10 hits, seven of which topped the charts at #1. Uncovered opens with a crystalline piano that gives way to an infectious groove on “Simple Things,” with backing vocals by Kim Carnes (of “Bette Davis Eyes” fame). Other guest artists lending their talent to the project include legendary guitarist Duane Eddy on “Shine On Me,” a song Beth wrote with Waylon Jennings; Vince Gill duets on “Here We Are,” a #1 hit she and Vince wrote for Alabama; Darrell Scott sings and plays on “Maybe That’s All It Takes,” a stunning ballad that was a hit for Don Williams; Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan sing on “Five Minutes,” Lorrie’s first #1 hit; Amy Grant, Ruth Trimble and Eilidh Patterson lend their vocals to the stand-out track “Pray,” written with and featuring guitar instrumentalist extraordinaire Muriel Andersen; “Almost Home” – written with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Annie Roboff – features the “Wine Women & Song” artists Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg on rollicking background vocals, alongside Bekka Bramlett, who also sings and plays tambourine alongside George Marinelli’s electric guitar on “Meet Me Halfway,” the bluesy track written by Beth, Bonnie Raitt and Annie Roboff for Raitt’s Fundamental release.
Chapman’s prowess at writing in a wide range of styles shines through on this collection. From the infectious pop sensibilities of “This Kiss” (Faith Hill) and “Simple Things” (Jim Brickman) to the strains of bluegrass and country in “Strong Enough To Bend (#1 for Tanya Tucker) and “Nothin’ I Can Do About It Now” (#1 for Willie Nelson), the true thread that runs through it all is a her great passion for the well written song. It is also clear that she has a whole lot of fun performing these songs, and has no trouble bringing them home and making them her own once again. Most recently, Beth, along with Olivia Newton-John & Amy Sky have created “LIV ON” – A New Album to Aid & Comfort Those Experiencing Grief & Loss While Using the Power of Music To Heal.
Beth is also the newest inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame 2016!
Beth will be supported by Ruth Trimble Ruth is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and has been a regular on the music scene since 2010. Working alongside many big names, Ruth has performed across the US, UK and Europe and has been part of Beth’s band on several occasions.
Ruth is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter and recently released her third album Before The Rain which I’ve really enjoyed listening to, once I knew Ruth was supporting Beth.
Ruth’s work as a producer has also not gone unnoticed and she co-produced Robin Mark’s 2014 release Liberation Praise – we sing a number of his songs here on a Sunday such as ‘These are the days of Elijah’ and ‘Take us to the River.’
I know we’re going to enjoy a wonderful set.
As always, proceeds from the events I promote go to charity.