Episode 42: Music With A Message with Matthew Chapman

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.


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Intersect showcases interviews with musicians who were once/or still are prominent Christian music artist, discussing how their encounter with Christ not only influenced the direction and intent of their music, but also the direction and intent of their individual lives.

Host Aaron “The A-Train” Smith is a Nashville-based drummer and percussionist. At the age of 20, Aaron Smith played drums on The Temptations‘ Grammy-Winning megahit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“. Aaron has recorded, performed and toured with artists including Ray Charles, Romeo Void, The 77s, Rich Mullins and Jimmy Abegg. An autographed pair of Smith’s drumsticks can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, next to a pair of sticks used by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.