Her voice—clear, layered and insightful—echoes the reverence, tenderness, and power of a woman whose rich experiences and core beliefs permeate thoughtful lyrics. This unique voice is vital to her collection of diverse and inventive songs.
Corinne Chapman grew up in the rural Twin Peaks community of the Southern California mountains with her parents and two brothers. Her father, a physical education teacher, provided the country influence, playing his all-time favorite Marty Robbins any chance he could get. Her mother, a college professor, exposed her to great poets and authors. Her brothers were also a big influence. They were both athletes and in her words, “taught me to stand up for myself, to blend body and intellect, to be strong.” Her mother says “In the crib, she rarely cried. She lifted her voice, making up her own little tunes.” At eight she was a competitive gymnast and began taking guitar and vocal lessons. In junior high, she joined a singing group and traveled throughout Southern California performing at fairs and clubs. In high school while playing volleyball and running track she was a member of many dance teams. At seventeen Corinne served as a page for the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. She spent that summer living in France with a local family. These experiences taught her something about performance far beyond the stage: diplomacy.
Each year at Stanford University Corinne became a more confident performer. She joined an a cappella group her freshman year and danced in front of thousands of people as a member of an elite dance squad of the Stanford Marching Band as a sophomore. She was the lead actress and soloist in the biggest campus dramatic event, and returned to Paris to study during her junior year. She worked as a tour guide while finishing her senior year. As her Stanford graduation approached, her advisor smiled and laughed when he announced that Corinne would be moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music. She had always remarked when asked why she majored in political science instead of music, “If you can tell me the difference between entertainers and politicians, I may consider a change.”
So she packed up her clothes and few belongings and moved to Nashville where she knew only one person to “find her own way.” Over the past seven years, she has developed relationships with many well known, successful writers, musicians, and producers who have become friends and mentors. She has honed her live show in the clubs in and around town. Her co-write ‘Just Drive’ was cut by Jo Dee Messina for her upcoming 2008 release. She also co-wrote “Wonderin’” which Shanna Lynn released as a single in Canada in May 2008. She recently participated in a television pilot for the “Secrets of the Heart - Songwriters in the Round” series. Corinne has written (or co-written) over 45 songs recorded with producer Russ Zavitson (Billy Ray Cyrus, The Wilkinsons, The Kinleys, Michelle Wright) over the past couple of years.
She continues to work on her craft, knowing that she has a family of believers and the talent and wit to do it. She works to make her songs strong and intelligent, but most of all, “reflections of life, portals into the moment we crave and fear—visceral, cleansing, alive, and full of hope and love.”