About Dustin Chapman
A Life Steeped in Sound and Obstacles
There are many people in this world who find music therapeutic, myself included. I had always had a passion for singing since I joined choir in middle school, but never did I realize just how vital music was to my individuality. It was during my senior year in high school, when I first began experiencing issues due to a rare disease, Achalasia, that I truly discovered the power music possesses—the power it has to restore brokenness, encourage hopefulness, and breathe life into the lifeless. During my trials with sickness, I’d sing. When I felt anxious about an upcoming test or procedure, I’d sing. I learned that music had the ability to give me words when I felt as if I had nothing to say, and this is when I decided to pursue a career in music. After making this decision, I knew I had to enter a place of vulnerability that would allow my audience members to do the same. So, I broke down emotional barriers and began showcasing music’s abilities to help me overcome, music’s abilities to help so many others overcome, and what I truly hope people see is that there is a beauty and power that music possesses that can help them overcome as well. With that in mind, I try to write songs that balance various subjects, songs that express heartbreak and frustration, highlight joy and happiness, and tackle serious topics with feel-good melodies which ultimately showcase that there’s reason to search for ways to achieve prosperity through hardships. Though young, I have experienced numerous hardships which I am now holding close and carrying with me far and wide to show the world that individuals set their own obstacles and we all have the power to achieve anything we set our mind to.
My story, my journey, God's plan
Through his gruesome journey with Achalasia—an esophageal motility disorder that only affects one in 100,000 people each year and is characterized by impaired esophageal peristalsis and a lack of lower esophageal sphincter relaxation during swallowing—Dustin has inspired thousands, showing that though he is faced with severe physical setbacks, he shines with positivity, stays strong in his faith, and uses his talents and testimony to raise awareness for this disease while also encouraging others who are facing their own battles.
bright lights, sMOOTH vOICE, bIG dREAMS
Many doors have been opening for Dustin as of late. In the past year, he got to perform a duet with American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery, released his debut EP which peaked at #52 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart, was nominated for a Rare Country and Carolina Country Music Award, and won the 2018 Carolina Country Music Festival's Battle of the Bands competition, which gave him the opportunity to open up for acts such as Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane, and more. On April 30th, 2019, Dustin released a sing titled "Lead the Way," and he has his second EP planned to be released later this year. Click the link below to hear live performances from Dustin!