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.

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