Beth Nielsen Chapman is readying the 9 February release of her new studio album, ‘Hearts Of Glass’, which will be supported by an extensive UK tour in March. This includes a London show at Cadogan Hall on 22 March.
The forthcoming LP features songs mostly written by Chapman herself, as well as a co-write with the album’s producer Sam Ashworth and a collaboration with Graham Gouldman and Kevin Montgomery (the opening track ‘Come To Mine’).
“My intention was to do an album of songs 100% written by me, and bring together those kinds of songs that have a certain focus and vibe, but ‘Come To Mine’ just jumped out and insisted on leading the pack,” explains Chapman. “It’s timely what with all that’s swirling around in the world right now.
“The same is true for the closing track, ‘Dancer To The Drum’, which provides the perfect bookend,” she adds.
Apart from new songs like ‘Epitaph For Love’ and ‘Enough For Me’, ‘Hearts Of Glass’ also features re-recorded versions of tracks from her back catalogue – including ‘Life Holds On’, ‘Rage On Rage’, ‘Old Church Hymns & Nursery Rhymes’ (originally written for Waylon Jennings), and the 1990 Willie Nelson hit ‘If My World Didn’t Have You’ – now featuring stripped-back production and a focus on guitar instead of piano.
“I made a decision early on in the process that this time I was going to fully allow myself to be produced and work on taming my inner ‘control freak’,” says Chapman of her approach to recording the new album.
“Creatively this was very new territory for me. It was such an interesting dynamic to hand over so many of the decisions and trust the process. I found by not jumping in too quickly and directing, that I ended up not only with something I loved, but I learned a lot about myself and the places you can go when you let someone else drive.”