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The Lightness of Being Beth Nielsen Chapman

Debbie Kruger, Performing Songwriter, September 1999

WHAT STRIKES YOU first about Beth Nielsen Chapman, and then again repeatedly on further meetings, is her lightness. She is a woman who has been through profound darkness and has come out the other side of the tunnel exultant and radiant. Proudly wearing her heart on her sleeve, Nielsen Chapman has reached a career peak, ironically, due to the personal and artistic growth and creative outpourings that resulted from personal tragedy – the death from cancer of her husband Ernest Chapman in 1994.

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