The Chapin Sisters
The Chapin Sisters, Abigail and Lily, have been singing and harmonizing from their youth, first in Brooklyn, NY and later the Hudson River Valley. They have been heard on their father’s, Tom Chapin’s, albums for children (which have won him three Grammys) and other recordings as well as at festivals, benefits and tribute shows. After graduating from college, Abigail and Lily relocated to Los Angeles to pursue non-musical creative interests. Then they got an opportunity to record as a trio with their half-sister Jessica Craven (daughter of film director Wes Craven) in the home studio of singer Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz and The Tantrums).
The resulting seven-song, self-titled 2005 debut EP by The Chapin Sisters enjoyed strong support from the taste-making L.A. indie radio station KCRW, spawning a viral underground hit with their reinterpretation of the Britney Spears hit Toxic. The three began performing and put out a debut album, Lake Bottom LP, in 2008. After Jessica bowed out of the group following the birth of her first child, Abigail and Lily have carried on with another EP (Oh, Hear the Wind Blow), two albums (Two and Today’s Not Yesterday) and a warmly-received, gender-shifting album salute to another set of harmony-singing siblings, A Date With the The Everly Brothers. They’ve done two tours as background singers and opening act for She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) in addition to their own tours and shows.
Along the way they’ve earned kudos in the media for melding folk music roots with modernist sensibilities and for their alluring vocals. Amazon.com praises their “enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing.” Similarly, Consequence of Sound notes how the sisters “create powerful harmonies that simultaneously awe with their beauty and recollect memories probably better left untouched.”
Ferry Boat, recorded in New York City, is the first recording by Abigail and Lily since they each gave birth to their first child. The sessions for the EP had further emotional ripples due to being recorded some two weeks after the November 2016 presidential elections. “Music is a place that feels nourishing for us,” says Lily. “In our current political climate, an escape from reality is no longer possible, but the time spent in the studio was certainly a refuge,” she recalls.
“Music is something positive that we could put into the world. And now as new mothers it feels more powerful than ever,” concludes Abigail. The Folk Project is proud of its relationship with the Chapin family. It is wonderful to have the next generation joining us on the Acoustic Stayaway.
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