RIP: Morris Chapman, gospel and CCM singer-songwriter

By Bob Marovich

The Journal of Gospel Music has learned that gospel and CCM singer-songwriter and worship leader Morris Chapman passed away on May 2, 2020, at age 82.

Born February 26, 1938, in Camden, Arkansas, Chapman moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1957 and married in 1959. He didn’t start his music ministry until the 1970s, at age 40, while working as a janitor for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.

Known for his smooth vocal style, piano proclivities, and for writing songs sung by the likes of Sandi Patty, Bill Gaither, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers, Chapman recorded more than fifteen solo albums of his own for such labels as Word, Maranatha Music,  and Tyscot.

Song that Chapman wrote include “You Are So Easy to Love,” “Mighty God,” “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “When I Think About His Goodness,” “The River of God,” “You Know the Cry,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Worship Medley,” and “I Know the Plans.”

Chapman received three Dove Award nominations and one Grammy Award nominations, the latter in 1983 for his album, Longtime Friends.

He sang with the praise team the Promise Keepers from 1993 to 1998.

Please keep his family, friends, and many fans at the top of your prayer list during this time.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

3 comments

  1. Just learning Morris Chapman passed. His recording with the maranatha singers will always be a treasure. What a blessed life.

  2. Jonathan Holljes

    I got to know Morris when I was asked to fill in with the Volunteer Choir at Promise Keepers inn1995 at RFK Stadium. I also sang later that summer down in Atlanta and for several more years up to the Stand In the Gap meeting in 1997. I loved Morris and even had him as a guest at our home. He was one of the most blessed and gifted people I have ever known. A gentle and kind man with a truly deep love for Jesus and leading others to worship the Lord. I know I will sing with him again before our Lord Jesus.

  3. Can you please tell me the year that Morris Chapman first write and composed “GOD IS GONNA FINISH JUST WHAT HE STARTED”.
    I am 75 years old and I love singing.
    Thank you and God Bless.

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