Music video from Dustin Chapman - "Slow Dance"
Dustin’s new music video just passed 100,000 Facebook views and 5,000 views on YouTube. Additionally, his single just achieved 10,000+ Spotify streams in the past week.
It was on June 30, 1997, that the calm, scenic environment of Whiteville, North Carolina was bursting with a feeling of panic, particularly for the Chapman family, as their newborn son was facing death. An unrelenting fight for a fighter who could fit in the palm of your hand, this little child would go on to display ruthless tenacity, astonishing courage, and defy obstacles that many said were once impossible.
Spending the first three months of his life in the hospital battling severe heart complications and bleeding on his brain, this little boy would go on to swing baseball bats, throw balls into baskets, and act like he was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin performing the “Stone Cold” stunner on anyone he could get his hands on, but he would find his true calling on a tiny high school stage singing “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid at the age of 14. Following that, this ambitious teen would go all around North Carolina performing at tiny festivals, talent shows, and even advancing in many televised singing shows, basically doing anything possible to get his voice heard, as he and his parents knew that there was something special in that tiny body.
Today, this young man continues to climb hills and enter valleys, as he is in the midst of a budding country music career, but also in the middle of an extreme medical battle with a disease called achalasia that could potentially take his voice away. A voice that was certainly bestowed on him with the heavens above, Dustin Chapman uses his talents to praise God and to uplift others who are fighting their own battles. A mixture of country, gospel, and blues comes together to create his signature soulful southern sound, and this is coupled with his lyrics that are crafted well beyond his 20 years... Lyrics that could make even the hardest of hearts melt and examine a variety of situations taking place in their own lives. Writing about serious topics such as poverty, growing old, faith, and more, Dustin Chapman is showing that life is expelled through the moments when we take the biggest risks and to never truly discredit anyone’s ability to win a fight.
Though young, this Carolina boy has experienced more hardships than many experience in a lifetime, but he's holding those experiences within and carrying them with him far and wide to show the world that individuals set their own obstacles and limitations. Currently a senior at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, Chapman is pursuing a triple major in Popular Music, Music Business, and Worship Arts, and continuously chasing opportunities to advance his career.
Over the past couple of months, Chapman released his debut EP which charted #52 on the iTunes Country Charts and was nominated for two country music awards--Fan Moment of the Year at the 2017 Rare Country Awards for a duet performance with past Idol winner Scotty McCreery, and Gospel Song of the Year for his original song "Set Me Free" at the 2018 Carolina Country Music Awards. Moreover, he won the Carolina Country Music Festival's Battle of the Bands and opened for Luke Bryan at the 2018 Carolina Country Music Festival. On April 30th 2019, Chapman released a single "Lead the Way," a song featured in a viral video of Chapman performing at Duke Cancer Center while hospitalized.
Chapman's overall goal is to show that his songs, lyrics, and musical ventures are not about him, but about the power of music—the power it has to restore brokenness, encourage hopefulness, and breathe life into the lifeless. It was just Chapman who allowed himself to break down walls and enter a place of vulnerability that would eventually result in others doing the same. This is about music’s abilities to help Chapman overcome, music’s abilities to help so many others overcome, and what Chapman hopes you see is that the beauty and power of music can help you overcome any obstacle in your way as well.