Texan singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman stops off in London on Monday (24 February) with a show at the Barbican, as part of a UK tour to promote her new, yet also old, record.
You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Chapman, unless you’re the type who obsessively reads songwriting credits. Her new album is called UnCovered, and it contains a selection of songs written by Chapman but never actually recorded by herself. Most have been hits for other artists, and seven of them actually topped the charts.
Some of the artists who have benefited from Chapman’s songwriting over the years include Faith Hill, Mindy McCready, Bette Midler, Waylon Jennings and the mighty Willie Nelson. Evidently Chapman has had enough of letting her premium work be parceled off to other acts and decided to reclaim it as her own.
That success in her own right as a singer hasn’t come easily is odd given the excellence of her voice. You can hear it in action in the video below for ‘The Simple Things’, from the new album.
Chapman has no shortage of famous collaborators on her own albums, with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Duane Eddy and Emmylou Harris chipping in on Chapman’s ten previous studio albums. Plenty more can be expected on UnCovered, which was released last month to excellent reviews.