Most of the tracks on this album were composed and recorded on the first take during one wonderful (and lucky I might add) Saturday morning. I am very fortunate to be able to walk into the studio and get on with it when major inspiration comes along with out advanced notice:) With that in mind there is a freshness, and a hint of rawness to the songs, that has created a collection of music that I'm very pleased to have been able to put out there..
In case you are new to my work etc. here's a bit of my bio:
Since the independent release of his breakthrough solo piano collection Tender Ritual on the Unspeakable Freedom Music label, Jim has been acknowledged as one of contemporary music’s most engaging composers and performers.
With 16 albums to his credit, Chappell has toured world-wide to sold out audiences, his concerts being filmed and nationally televised. Several of Jim’s albums have received heavy national and international airplay on Smooth Jazz format radio stations, with Chappell’s Over the Top making it to No. 1 on the national charts.
Billboard Magazine states: “Chappell’s piano melodies are timeless, moving…captivating…”
His music has been used on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Several Barbara Walters’ Specials, The Summer and Winter Olympic Games, MTV, One Life To Live.
Gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano skated to Jim’s beautiful piece “Gone” in a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day broadcast presentation.
Chappell was the only music artist to perform at Robert DeNiro’s 50th birthday party, where he played solo piano to a hushed and enthusiastic audience of who’s who in the film industry.