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Chapin’s visit is part of the Al Williams Leadership Series
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Singer-songwriter and social activist Jen Chapin visit Moravian College and conduct a number of activities as part of the Al Williams Leadership Series. Chapin will perform in concert for the campus community on Thursday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building Pavilion. Earlier in the day, she will speak about music as an expression of social activism in political science professor John Reynolds class Politics of Popular Culture. At 4 p.m., a select group of Moravian leadership students will hear Chapin discuss her involvement with grassroots groups fighting hunger and poverty across the country.
Chapin was born into a family of artists and academics and raised with her four siblings in Long Island, New York. She attended Brown University, studied abroad in Mexico and Zimbabwe, and earned her degree in International Relations. However, she soon realized that music was what she really wanted to pursue. She turned down a graduate teaching position to become a freshman again at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Chapin relocated to New York in 1995 and has performed at various locations throughout the state, including Joe’s Pub, The Bottom Line, Town Hall, Fez Under Time Café, Mercury Lounge, and The Living Room. She has also performed at folk festivals in New England, on jazz-funk records in Switzerland, and most recently on Nile Rodgers' celebrity benefit remake of the dance classic "We are Family."
Chapin has been a supporting act for Aimee Mann and Bruce Hornsby, and her music was featured in the film, “Fresh Cut Grass,” which won honors at the Hamptons and Texas Film Festivals and is now being broadcast on Showtime Networks. Along with Norah Jones, Chapin sings on the debut album of Free Country, a band that combines traditional country and Appalachian tunes with creative jazz.
In August 2000, Chapin was chosen as the winner of an emerging artist search by Oxygen Media. More recently, she was honored by The USA Songwriting Competition for her song "Indispensable," with first prize in the lyrics category and third prize overall among over 30,000 entries.
Linger, Chapin’s new urban folk CD, kicks off her multi-album deal with Hybrid Recordings. Chapin’s music has been named “urban folk” in acknowledgement of both her family’s folk-rock legacy and her own background of studying jazz and funk. Linger intertwines romantic struggle and sexual passion; political frustration and career related heartbreak; and the ever-present rays of hope amid a hectic lifestyle. Chapin co-produced the album with Rod Sherwood and bassist Stephan Crump, with whom she toured throughout the United States. Also appearing on Linger are Peter Rende (keyboard), Jamie Fox (guitar), Chris Cheek (saxophone), and Dan Rieser (drums). Linger will be in stores starting February 24.
Chapin is the chair of the Board of Directors of WHY (World Hunger Year), an activist organization co-founded by her father, the late singer Harry Chapin. She is especially dedicated to WHY’s “Artists Against Hunger and Poverty” program, which works to build relationships between musicians and WHY’s network of innovative grassroots groups fighting hunger and poverty across the country. She also serves on the board of Secret Smiles, Inc. and on the advisory board of “KIDS Can Make a Difference.”
Drawing on her experience as a high school music teacher in Brooklyn, Chapin has developed a number of workshops and lectures, including “the Hows and Whys of Hunger,” “Black Music in America,” and “Music and Social Action,” which explores past and present songs that make a difference. She has presented these workshops throughout the country to various audiences, including high school and college students.
The Alfred T. Williams Leadership Series is named in honor of Judge Williams—former senior judge of Northampton County Court of Common Pleas, and former life trustee and chairman of the Moravian College Board of Trustees. The series is designed to bring successful local and regional leaders from various walks of life and professions to campus to talk and interact with students about diverse aspects of leadership.
For more information, please contact April Vari, dean of student development at 610-861-1509. To set up an interview with Jen Chapin, call Michael Wilson at 610-861-1365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Downloadable photos, cover art, bio and album song narrative for Jen Chapin is available at www.shorefire.com/artists/jchapin.