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beth nielsen chapman announces new album
November 24, 2009, 7:51 am
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Following on from a surprising appearance at this summer’s ABBA tribute show in Hyde Park, where she sang ‘Fernando’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’, Beth Nielsen Chapman has announced that her first “mainstream pop album” since 2005’s Look will be released on January 25 through her own label BNC Records. Back To Love features eleven new songs largely themed around “awakening the heart and letting love in”. Already a breast cancer survivor, Beth was diagnosed with a benign but fast growing tumour on her brain while writing the album. With increased pressure on her left frontal lobe, which plays a large role in language processing, she was finding the lyrics hard to finish. The impact of removing the tumour was immediate, she says: “I woke up in the recovery room after my surgery and even before the waves of anesthesia subsided, I thought of one of the lines I’d been trying to write for weeks!”

Co-writers this time around include Benmont Tench, Darrell Scott, Michael McDonald (Doobee Brothers), Danny Flowers (Tulsa Time), and longtime songwriting partner Annie Roboff. The album will be accompanied by an appearance at the Celtic Connections festival on the release date, followed by a full tour of the UK and Ireland in February and March. “I am really looking forward to touring the UK again – and it’s perfect that the tour starts on Valentines Day!”, says Beth. Full itinerary below:

25.01.10 Celtic Connections @ Royal Festival Hall, Glasgow
14.02.10 St Albans Arena, St Albans
15.02.10 Grand Opera House, York
17.02.10 Corn Exchange, Brighton
18.02.10 Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy
19.02.10 City Hall, Salisbury
21.02.10 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
22.02.10 Cadogan Hall, London
23.02.10 Anvil, Basingstoke
26.02.10 Assembly Hall, Derby
27.02.10 Town Hall, Birmingham
28.02.10 Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
01.03.10 Concert Hall, Perth
03.03.10 Music Hall, Aberdeen
04.03.10 Eden Court Theatre
06.03.10 Cymru, Llandudno
07.03.10 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
08.03.10 Colston Hall, Bristol

The support act for the February/March tour will be Marcus Hummon, who wrote The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Ready To Run’. Tickets for all dates except Basingstoke are on sale now. Tickets for Basingstoke will be available from the Anvil box office from Wednesday.

Alan Pedder


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