NATHAN CHAPMAN NAMED LEE’S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS OF YEAR – 11-25-16
NATHAN CHAPMAN NAMED LEE’S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS OF YEAR
Nathan Chapman of Nashville was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year during the President Circle Luncheon at Lee University’s homecoming. The award is the highest honor given by the university to a graduate who is making career advancements while embracing the values that Lee embodies.
“Nathan is a brilliant role model as someone who has succeeded in something that many of our students aspire to do,” said Lee President Paul Conn. “We are proud of his career in the music industry and of him.”
Chapman graduated from Lee in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He has been successful in the music industry where he is a studio producer, record producer, writer and vocalist.
Chapman’s early career included working with Taylor Swift, then a little-known artist. He went on to produce all five of Swift’s albums. Chapman’s work with the singer has earned him awards from the Academy of Country Music Association, American Music Awards and Grammys. This year, Chapman won his third Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his production work on Swift’s “1989.”
He has produced music by numerous country artists and bands including Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Dan + Shay and Rascal Flatts. From the artists with whom Chapman has worked, 17 tracks have reached No. 1.
Chapman has also written popular songs such as Darius Rucker’s No. 1 hit, “Homegrown Honey.” He works with Warner Chappell Music Publishing as a songwriter.
Last summer, Chapman released his debut album, “Revival,” and performed several cuts at the Grand Ole Opry. Along with producing and writing songs, Chapman has written and published a devotional, “With God on the Hiking Trail,” which relates his personal experiences in nature to Scripture.