Jim Chapman III, bass singer with the country group, 4Runner. Jim is married, has eight, yes eight children, four natural, two boys, two girls, and four “super-natural” daughters adopted from China. Jim and his wife Yolanda moved to the Nashville area in 1989. Since that time Jim has established himself as one of the finest bass singers in the industry having sung on multiple records with multiple artists ranging from Reba to Kenny Chesney, and everyone in between. Jim is also a Dove Award winning songwriter, a professional artist, published children’s book illustrator, and a “live” wedding painter. On top of that Jim occasionally fills in as a background singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Jim is also a fitness fanatic, enjoys fishing, is a big fan of the food network, and, whenever possible, watching sunsets while sitting on a beach.
Herbie Chapman grew up in Paducah, Kentucky playing little league baseball, going to Cub Scout den meetings and singing with his family in the Olivet Church choir. He loved singing those sweet 4 part harmonies with his mom, dad and little brother around the kitchen table.
After high school graduation, Herbie toured extensively with the Columbia Artist production of The Young American's in "A Salute to Richard Rodgers." The choice to remain with this group in California or return to his southern roots seemed a simple one. He and his younger brother, Steven Curtis Chapman, (yes, THAT Steven Curtis Chapman!) decided to try to break into the music business in Nashville. They joined the cast of Opryland USA’s "Country Music USA", and "The General Jackson Showboat Revue”.
Herbie toured with the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn and provided harmonies in the recording studio for “Little Miss Dynamite”, Brenda Lee. He still performs and records with his brother, Steven.
He, and his lovely wife, Sherri, make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.
Craig grew up in a tiny town in northeast Arkansas, surrounded by extended family and friendly, distinctive neighbors. Farming, faith in God, and love of music were woven into the fabric of his hometown. He moved to Nashville in 1981 to be a songwriter. Over the years, his songs have been recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, Ray Charles, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, Craig Morgan, John Conlee, Andy Williams, Patti Page, John Schneider and others. He also scored a documentary, a feature film and had his songs/arrangements in the films “8 Seconds” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”. He was touring pianist/harmony singer with Marie Osmond, Ronnie McDowell, Dan Seals, Dobie Gray, Craig Morgan and Loretta Lynn.
Craig joined the hit TNN show, NASHVILLE NOW, hosted by Ralph Emery in 1988 as a staff harmony singer where he met his future wife, Donna Rhodes. In 1993, the show went off the air, which closed one door, and opened another…
4Runner! Most folks have a job and then, they have their “hobbies”. Music is both for Craig. Craig and wife, Donna have two adult children, Savannah and Sam. Sam is the newest member of 4Runner and Savannah conceived, directed and edited, the video for the group’s first single, RAGGED ANGEL. A true family effort! His core priorities in life…
Country…and, of course, music!!
Sam was born and raised into music and would have it no other way. From a family of professional singers and instrumentalists, Sam first grew an affinity for piano and songwriting at the age of 8, and shortly thereafter a love for singing and harmonizing with his parents, Donna and Craig, and sister, Savannah. Aside from making music with his family, Sam has always found himself in other ensembles as well. Heavily involved in 4H groups and other bands in high school, he went on to join the prestigious Belles and Beaux band at his college, Harding University, touring the country and learning quickly that music would be a lifelong love affair. While at college he also wrote, recorded, and released a solo album, titled "Kingston", and a cult-classic Harding University Christmas album with his best friends as The Polar Pals. After college he moved to Nashville where he gathered a band of his own and started performing as Sam Morris and The Electric Sound. He has been lucky enough to share stages across the world with many greats, from Bill Anderson to Pentatonix. Now, he joins 4Runner, whom he grew up watching live as a small child in his mother's arms. For him it is an honor to join up in the group with his father and his other childhood heroes!