Raise the Praise
Urban, Gospel, Contemporary and Latin all woven together, form the tapestry of Reneé Chapman's eclectic style. From an early age, it was evident that a true passion for music was beginning to take shape in a little girl's heart. At the age of five, songs from memory began to flow through the small hands of Chapman and gracefully make there way to the piano. She then began to create new melodies and rhythms as they flowed freely from her heart. Victory Temple's (Chapman's childhood church) choir director quickly noticed Chapman's rare gifting and started to utilize her talent. As a five year old, he chose her to play a percussion instrument, along with the adult choir. "She had rhythm kids three times her age did not possess," says Charles Daniels, choir director. Chapman was born and raised in a family full of music. Each member either played an instrument or sang. Her parents both sang in the church choir and her father still enjoys playing a number of stringed instruments. Chapman's mother was the children's director for the church. Noticing as well, Chapman's significant gifting, she often sought after her daughter's help. "At age five she used to tell me I was singing in the wrong key because it didn't sound like the way it did at church, and sure enough, I was!" says Beverly Chapman, mother. "We got her piano lessons but found after a year that her musical ear was far more developed than her eye for notes. Her piano teacher may have been learning more from her than vice -versa!" Chapman continued to help her mother and at age twelve, began playing piano for the musicals as well as writing pieces and developing vocalists for the programs. Reneé Chapman continued to fine-tune her skills throughout adolescence as she sang and played at both church and special events. At age fourteen, she began singing in a successful music group. Through this experience, she met a man with whom she sang many duets with over the years. This man would never leave her side. This man, she now calls "companion, confidant, and husband. "Greg and I have come to understand through our marriage that love is shown through the "in spite of's" and not the "because of's". This realization has made our marriage a strong covenant putting Christ as our foundation. We both have our strengths and weaknesses that grow us both closer to each other and to our Savior." Chapman's husband is a gifted writer and speaker. He is the founder of InsideOut Ministries, has written columns for magazines and is currently working on his first book. "He has the ability to bring out the profound in the mundane. He makes the Word come alive in our hearts by turning information into revelation," says Chapman. "However," she laughs, "he now leaves the singing to me!" The spark inside Chapman, during her youth, burst into flame as Chapman's ministry took flight through a painful situation. After several visits to the doctor, Chapman and her husband soon found there would be no possibility for her to become pregnant. "I could hardly get out of bed in the morning," says Chapman "I was watching my dreams be shattered. Realizing that there would be no nine months of watching my stomach grow nor would I have the feeling of life kicking inside of me." However, God had a different type of life He wanted to birth inside of Reneé Chapman. When, in the same month of receiving the news, Chapman found herself leading worship for the first time. "Little did I know that my call of Praise and Worship would be birthed out of something so devastating," says Chapman "God knew that Praise was the only thing that would pull me through and catapult me to the place where He wanted me to be." Reneé Chapman through her music now strives to help people understand that there is breakthrough in the praise of Jesus Christ. She reminds them of how important it is to stay focused on Him and not the problem. "Your dreams have to be larger than your memories," says Chapman "good or bad!" Knowing the desire of both Chapman and her husband's heart, God lead them through the process of adoption, to the four beautiful children He had had planned for them since the beginning of time. Reneé Chapman and her husband have been in full time pastoral ministry since the beginning of their marriage. Chapman has served in the duel capacity of Creative Arts Director and Pastor's Wife. Her background consists of extensive training in the area of multi-ethnic ministry and provides an eclectic style that bridges Urban, Gospel, Contemporary and Latin such as Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi and Hillsongs to name just a few. Chapman has also done studio work for well know producer, JD Miller. She has participated in large community events and concerts in California with artists such as Anointed, Four Him, Aaron - Jeoffrey and Bryan Duncan. In addition, she has shared the stage with artist Kathy Triccoli, at a conference in Grand Rapids, MI. She has also lead worship for Conferences with Paula White, Babbie Mason, CeCe Winans and Lisa Bevere. Through her ministry, she has spoken and led worship for overseas crusades, District Councils and other various events. She has also been the director for several merit winning vocal groups in the National Fine Arts program. Although Chapman has always loved the sound of the saxophone she has just recently taken her musical ability to yet another level, and developed a love for playing it. "I would not be where I am today if I did not have the support of my husband," says Chapman. "Everything good found in me is from God and others. God has blessed me with many open doors and given me the opportunity to utilize my giftedness." This anointed artist's heart, beats with a passion for Praise and Worship and helping people find that intimate moment with God. "I am first a worshipper," says Chapman, "and through my intimacy with God, invite people to worship with me!"