When you are a multi-talented musician like Nathan Chapman, you can get pretty amazing "back up" vocalists. You may recognize this guy, he's Charles Kelley, or 1/3 of the group Lady Antebellum! They are good friends and he joined Nathan on a song.
If Nathan is not a household name, I understand. I had known him for over a year before another customer told me who he was and what he did. He produced Taylor Swift's first three albums and has worked on all of them! He is super humble but has produced tons of great artists. He is only 38 years old, so he was super young when he started. I can tell you that I've yet to hear anyone in this town say anything negative about him, that is saying a lot. He has great music roots, his parents are Steve and Annie Chapman who have written some incredible Christian music through the decades, and they too are wonderful people! No surprise. Nathan is humble, fun and totally in love with his wife and family. If you would like to learn more about him, jump on his website by clicking this link.
L to R: Steve and Annie, Nathan, his wife and his sister Heidi
The album titled "Revival" is a very personal project for Nathan and his beautiful wife Stephanie. They wrote and produced the album together, one listen and you can hear how much thought went into these songs. They both introduced songs and told a few stories, this project is personal and that is one of the things that will make you love it Nathan even said that his wife is his "producer" in many areas of his life, and I for one, totally get that!
This was my first time at "The Basement" and let's just say it is a very small venue. Maybe intimate would be a one word description. The place was packed and jumping with the mutual admiration of the guests. Most of them were well known artists and they were absolutely enjoying the music. It was so well done plus the band was a "who's who" of Nashville players.
It was super dark. How dark? Everything I shot was 6400-12,800 ISO on my Fuji! That in itself was scary but unbelievable. Just a few short years ago images of this quality wouldn't have been possible digitally, now it's really not difficult at all. Sure there's some noise, but nothing that can't be easily cleaned up with a tool like Perfectly Clear. One click...done!
Nathan is a passionate person. He is also a gifted photographer. (see the Hasselblad shirt under his coat?) If you want to see some of Nathan's photography, just click here. I believe that when you are involved in the arts, any of the arts, you are probably very passionate. That passion overflows into everything you do, and that can be good and bad. There isn't room for some middle ground of involvement or commitment, it's almost an addictive tendency, something you need to guard against. I've always felt this way and it has been a blessing and a curse at times. But if you are aware of it, you can guard against it.
This was a great night, and I was blessed to be a part of it with my friend!