Colin Chapman was born in a small village called Audley End near Saffron Walden, Essex. Whilst still at school, Colin formed a skiffle group called “The Grave Diggers”.
He soon discovered that Folk music was becoming the music of the moment and realised it suited his voice and style. At his height, Colin was performing at the Ballard and Blue’s club in Soho, London in the sixties.
Folk music didn’t earn much money, so a pop group was formed in his local town called “Colin and the Champions”. They performed regularly at Chislehurst Caves and on the ABC circuit.
There is a reference to the group at the town museum. After a successful tour, each of the group members wanted to do their own thing and Colin went solo and changed his style once again to country.
Colin entered Anglia TV’s talent competition in 1964 and won. He went on to share the bill with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Dave Clark Five, Frank Ifield and had several summer seasons in Blackpool. In the early 1970s, Colin retired from singing and concentrated on family life.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s Colin started singing again, writing and recording country music and performing gigs around the country. At this time, he wrote the album “Movin On”. It was never on official release but it was sold at his gigs.
Colin is still gigging, mainly at local events and charity shows and is in the process of writing a new country album. He has also written a Gospel album with his country style which is also on release now.
Most of the songs Colin writes tend to have a story and to relax Colin likes nothing more than being on his own and strumming the Olde guitar!