Matthew Chapman started playing bass when he was 15 and backed up a singer that did entertainment at wineries in the St. Helena, California, area where he grew up. He discovered Contemporary Christian Music in 1973 and immediately knew that was something he wanted to do. He’s not a Preacher, but he wanted to encourage people to pursue a relationship with God and, for him, music with a message was the best way to do that.
He moved to Southern California in 1974 to play Christian Music full time and at that time began friendships with Sam, Randy, Bob, Jimmy, Steve and Bryan, along with a host of other musicians in Christian bands all wanting to do the same thing he wanted. The ’70s were a great time of grassroots ministries and sharing their love for God and music.
Through the years he also toured with Benny Hester, Bryan Duncan, Rick Elias, Darrell Mansfield, to name a few. Matthew currently play with three bands: Princeton Revival – a men’s ministry band, UZoo – a U2 Tribute band and The Deck Band – a group of friends that play small venues and parties in the Nashville area.