Chapman makes Opry debut
Friday, June 19, 2015
– Nathan Chapman, producer of Taylor Swift's first four albums, made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry
earlier this week.
"My debut performance on the Opry was a dream come true. It was everything I've ever heard it would be from other artists. The history, the magic, the nerves and the amazing feeling of hearing that wonderful Opry crowd giving me their best too," Chapman said. "There are no words to describe what it's like to be in the circle. And to share it with my wife Stephanie and the incredible musicians and singers we had on stage is almost more than my heart can handle. All I can say is, let me back on that stage."
Chapman recently recorded his own album, "Revival," for which he co-wrote all of the songs and co-produced with his wife, Stephanie Chapman. Fans can get the CD at his website, nathanchapman.com, before it's officially released later this year.
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