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Nashville star pays touching tribute to Terry Wogan before Irish gig

Author: Petrina Vousden
18 January 2017

TWO time Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman has paid tribute to legendary TV presenter Terry Wogan as one of “kindest people” she ever met.

Beth is due to perform with Olivia Newton-John and Amy Sky at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Monday, 23 January.

It’s part of the Liv On tour to promote the trio’s song collection of the same name aimed at helping people through grief.

Beth hopes bereaved people who attend will go away knowing that “living and moving forward does not mean you have to give up the person you lost.

“You can bring them with you into wherever your new life flows,” she said.

Beth who is a breast cancer survivor lost her own husband Ernest Chapman to cancer in 1994.

Speaking before this month’s Irish show Beth said support from legendary Irish TV and radio presenter Terry Wogan had a huge impact on her career.

Terry who died after a short battle with cancer last January was a huge fan of Beth’s. Her album Deeper Still released was voted album of the year by Terry.

Her song Sand & Water which she wrote after her husband’s death 1994 became a firm favourite with Terry’s radio listeners. She played the song live on Terry’s weekend BBC radio show in 2013.

Beth said: “I did get to meet Terry several times and he was one of the kindest, deeply centred humans I’ve ever met.

“Terry’s support of my music has had a huge impact on my career and I still to this day regularly get letters from BBC listeners about Sand & Water and how it helped them through grief.”

Beth said music and creative expression have been the major tools she used to come through grief and loss in her own life to date.

The Nashville based singer songwriter said: “When I was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer in the year 2000 I was having difficulty writing lyrics so I would crawl to to the piano at least once a day and just play and putter around and I got some really beautiful melodies during that time. I also took to water colour painting literally pushing colour around as therapy.”

She believes grief is individual and it’s important for each person who is going through it fo follow their instincts and “know there is not agenda and there’s really no timetable”.

LIV ON is intended for those who “wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope.

This project grew out of Beth, Olivia and Amy sharing stories about their own personal experiences with loss and illness from the most difficult to the most celebratory.

Beth said: “The music on this album will definitely bring some tears but I don’t think anything about this music demands or manipulates that into being.

“I believe and it has been my experience so far that these songs will offer comfort and help many people release some deeply held emotions and with that will come a sense of feeling lighter and more confident that there can still be better times ahead in spite of devastating loss.

Beth is very excited about the chance to perform in the national Concert Hall. She has played in Whelan’s and “many beautiful theatres across the country” before but is longing to come back.

She said she would love people who attend the show to leave feeling lighter and aware that on “the other side of loss and grief there still can be hope and gratefulness.”

Beth has penned hits and songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John and Neil Diamond.

She penned mega hit The Kiss sun by Faith Hill which garnered a Grammy nomination. Her 2012 album Mighty Sky was also Grammy nominated.

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