Brought to you by and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.
Featured in TIR Episode 79 (2 Parts): Keyboardist-guitarist-singer-composer Gayle Chapman, who was among the very first band members Prince auditioned and hired back in 1978, following the release of his debut album, For You. As the only female group member, she toured with Prince into 1980. The band, which was the precursor to The Revolution, also included Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Matt “Dr.” Fink and Bobby Z. These were important foundational years for Prince when he also released his self-titled sophomore album and the sexually charged and controversial Dirty Mind. Notable tracks from the period included “Soft and Wet,” “Just as Long as We’re Together,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad,” “I Feel for You,” “Bambi,” “Sexy Dancer,” “Uptown,” “When U Were Mine” and “Head.”
It was performing the final song that led to Chapman leaving the group as she felt uncomfortable with its sexually explicit language and theme. Before that took place, though, the lineup that included Chapman cut an unreleased studio project under the moniker of The Rebels in 1979. Two songs from those sessions were eventually released in re-recorded versions, “You,” by Paula Abdul, and “If I Love U Tonite,” by Mica Paris and later Prince’s wife, Mayte Garcia.
Chapman was replaced in Prince’s lineup by Lisa Coleman and went on to a lifetime mostly outside the mainstream music industry. She did continue writing and teaching music, as well as working with some other artists, and in 2003 released a self-titled, folk music-flavored album.
In this extensive interview, Chapman talks about being chosen by and working with one of the most creative forces music has ever known; stories from the road such as french-kissing on stage, sharing a bill with Rick James and appearing on American Bandstand; how and why she left Prince’s group before he rose to superstardom; what she did in the aftermath; how news of his death impacted her; and her current musical reawakening. So without further adieu, let’s travel back to a hard-to-fathom time when most of the world was still yet unaware of how a diminutive Minneapolis genius would forever change the face of music — and the classically trained white girl from neighboring Duluth, who would help send him on his way.
Gayle Chapman, a singer and songwriter, has performed music since an early on age. Signed from the self-employed label Media Information, she began focusing on a single career after being truly a member of the united states duo Black Gemstone with fellow designer Jan Skurzynski. Dark Gemstone released one recording, Change of Path. The debut recording carried songs like “Whispering JUST UNDERNEATH a Shout” and “Exile.”
Obituary: Amanda (Gayle) Chapman
Amanda (Gayle) Chapman, of Newport, departed this life on Monday, September 14, 2020, at the age of 41. She was born on October 24, 1978, in Jonesboro.
Following high school, she attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She worked at White River Planning and Development District out of Batesville, serving Jackson and Woodruff counties as a Career Specialist. Amanda was a devoted mother and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Sue Deckelman, and her grandmother, Bobbye Sue Deckelman.
She is survived by two sons, Nathan Edwards and Colson Chapman, both of Newport; two daughters, Madison Chapman of Newport, and Taylor (Houston) Tubbs of Haughton, La.; one half-sister, Caitlin Whittle of Pipe Creek, Texas; her grandfather, L.D. Deckelman of Harrisburg; her fiance, Blake Pretty of Newport; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at Jackson’s Harrisburg Funeral Home, Saturday, September 19, 2020, beginning at noon. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at Jackson’s Harrisburg Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Harrisburg Memorial Park honored to serve as pallbearers are Tommy Berry, Ashley Edwards, Landon Edwards, Eli Long, Rodney Polston, and Josh Parker.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 West Jackson Street, Harrisburg, Arkansas 72432.
Known to her friends as „The Fabulous Mizz G“
Gayle Chapman is a professional musician living and performing in Boise, ID. She has been teaching music lessons for more than 30 years. In her private lessons, Gayle teaches music and technical skills to students playing either the guitar or piano. Lessons include music theory and note reading, and are available for students of all ages and abilities. If the student intends to perform, Gayle can also teach performance musicianship, stage presence, and how to read an audience for feedback.
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About the Teacher
Gayle showed early signs of becoming a significant musician, learning to play both the piano and guitar while singing in front of audiences before age 10. She first performed original material in a 7th grade talent show, and by the time she graduated from high school, she was the youngest person to sing in the Opera Chorus for Carmen and Lucia Di Lamermoor when the Metropolitan Opera came to Duluth Minnesota. Gayle earned a voice scholarship to Drake University in 1975, and while continued education didn’t work out, Gayle committed herself to performing and refining her craft.
Gayle got her first boost in her career when she became the “First Lady Of Keyboards” for Prince from 1978 to 1980. After touring for 2 years, she went back to school, then on to teaching students in Piano, Voice and Guitar while continuing to write, arrange and record original tunes. In 1987, Gayle moved to Idaho and has worked with several artists and productions. She is presently in a band called D’Funkt, an 8 piece original funk music band with a horn section. She plays keyboard and sings, and has a lot more writing and arranging to do with them. They have a CD which is soon to be released… will be posted on the D’Funkt website for sale. You can find D’Funkt on
Gayle Chapman Ph.D
With close to 20 years experience in the sector, Gayle has managed numerous project teams and their successful delivery of drug product candidates. Gayle’s expertise is built on experience across a diverse range of organisations, from large and small pharmaceuticals (GSK, Medimmune, UCB, Celltech) through to virtual development companies (Actigen, Catalyst) and supporting drug discovery within an academic environment.