Gary Chapman (August 19, 1957 - )


Gary Chapman began playing guitar for the Rambos during his late teens. An aspiring songwriter, he was mentored by Dottie Rambo who critiqued his early efforts. After hearing his song "Father's Eyes," she asked him to perform it live at a concert. The song would go on to be recorded by Chapman's future wife Amy Grant as the title track on her 1979 album My Father's Eyes. Three years later, Chapman's song "Finally" was recorded by country singer T. G. Sheppard who took it to number one on the Country charts.

Chapman went on to have an eclectic career in the 1980s and 1990s from songwriting to performing as a soloist to working as a television talk show host (Prime Time Country), a radio personality (CCM Countdown), and documentary director/producer (The 8th of November: A True Story of Pain and Honor). Chapman and Grant divorced in 1999.


GMA Dove Awards: Songwriter Of The Year (1981), Praise & Worship Album Of The Year (Songs From The Loft/Various Artists/1994); Inspirational Recorded Song Of The Year ("Man After Your Own Heart"/1996); Male Vocalist Of The Year (1996); Special Event Album Of The Year (My Utmost For His Highest/Various Artists/1996); Country Album Of The Year (Hymns From The Ryman/1998)

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

Father's Eyes
Getting To Know You Better
I'm Yours
Shine Through Me

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