Remember those three blond-haired kiddos Steven Curtis Chapman often shared pictures of and stories about from stage on tours in the ’90s? And then came the three beauties from China when Steven and his wife, Mary Beth, became passionate adoption advocates. It’s safe to say this father of six is one proud papa. These days he’s showing off his first grandchild (Emily’s daughter) and beaming with pride at the accomplishments of his kids. Turns out, his boys inherited their dad’s musical talent. Meanwhile, youngest son Will Franklin happened to marry a gifted singer-songwriter. Here’s a look at three new musical acts, carrying on the Chapman name, you’ll want to get acquainted with.
They may be related to the man who holds the record for the most Dove Awards, but Caleb and Will Franklin Chapman are charting some new territory all their own, and their dad is their biggest fan. The young boys first got their start performing with Chapman as Two Car Garage when Will was barely old enough to reach the drum kit. Then, they got older and more serious about music. They backed Chapman for multiple tours–Caleb on guitar, Will on drums–and then set out to follow their own musical pursuits. Along with longtime friend Scott Mills, they formed Caleb, opened for Andrew Peterson and released a few songs that created some early buzz. The threesome recently changed their name to Colony House and released a 3-song EP that you can download on NoiseTrade for free. While they inevitably have their dad’s penchant for crafting relatable, heart-tugging lyrics, don’t expect their music to mimic their father’s. While their songs have a pop sensibility to them, they lean more toward atmospheric rock. Fans of Keane and Athlete will fall in love with Colony House. The band is currently working on their first full-length, slated to release later this year. They are currently on the “Communion” tour, hitting clubs and intimate venues throughout the U.S., alongside JohnnySwim and others. www.colonyhousemusic.com
Side Note: While Colony House was off the road this summer, Will played drums for indie pop/rock outfit Ivan & Alyosha, who opened shows on NEEDTOBREATHE’s “Stomping Ground” tour.
Will married Jillian Edwards in December 2012. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Edwards originally moved to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her music career full-time. The talented folk/pop singer-songwriter released her first EP, Galaxies and Such, in 2009, followed by Headfirst in 2011–both successful endeavors, the latter topping the singer-songwriter chart on iTunes the week of its release. Edwards combines beautiful, poignant melodies with thoughtful lyrics to create songs worthy of reverence when she wields a stool and an acoustic guitar. She’s a staple at Delta Inflight radio and Sirius XM. Her lovely vocals are also featured on her father-in-law’s latest Christmas album, Joy and last year’s bluegrass album, Deep Roots. Edwards is putting the finishing touches on her third independent release, Daydream, dropping March 11, 2014. She has a stunning new single on iTunes called “Sink My Feet.” (You can download it here.) www.jillianedwards.com
With so many musically-inspired people in one family, it was only a matter of time before a side project was born. Sure enough, in March of last year, Caleb, Will and Jillian released a three-song EP under the moniker of The Inlaws. The short, sunny collection of songs finds its place among indie-folk, yet it has an innovative freshness to it thanks to the authentic familial chemistry between the three members. The Inlaws played a handful of local shows in Nashville last year. Since both Colony House and Edwards are slated to release albums in 2014, it remains to be seen what the future looks like for The Inlaws. However, it certainly shows the versitility of these three uber-creative Chapmans. www.facebook.com/TheInlawsmusic
As for dear old dad, 20-plus albums into his career, he’s still topping the charts. (See latest hit singles “Do Everything” and “Love Take Me Over”). He’s currently on the road in support of his most recent project, The Glorious Unfolding (Reunion), with special guests The Afters and Josh Wilson. For dates and cities, visit www.stevencurtischapman.com.