Chapell – Stories reside inside of songs
Between rhythms, riffs, beats, and melodies, the stories unfurl – driven by characters immortalized in the lyrics. Storytelling drives both Chapell’s writing and his live show. The New York band led by enigmatic front man Alan Chapell recounts real and raw stories throughout a prolific catalog of genre-agnostic pop amplified by rock energy, new wave soul, Americana vulnerability, and even Latin flavor. Streamed over 1.5 million times as of 2022 and acclaimed by everyone from Huffington Post to Time Out NY, Grateful Web and On Stage Magazine, Chapell delivers a level of earnestness and charm. Chapell’s live performances are gaining notoriety by the minute – having been invited to play with the likes of Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Lisa Loeb, 38 Special, Bighead Todd, Iron Butterfly, Flock of Seagulls and Jackopearce. Alan closed out 2021 with a solo performance on Rob Reinhart wildly influential radio program, Acoustic Café.
Alan continues to build on a lifetime devoted to music. Growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, Alan Chapell was something of a musical wunderkind – playing piano and trumpet before the age of six. His first recording sessions in the studio were alongside iconic producer Jimmy Ienner at 15-years-old and he spent his twenties in Mumbai, India fronting the immensely popular east-west band Kalki.
2017 saw him introduce the world to Chapell with The Redhead’s Allegations, produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame. A pair of albums—Soul Man and Love in the Summer of Trouble—followed a year later. Along the way, the group emerged as a live phenomenon. In 2019, they reached new peaks on Penultimate. The Cinco album released in 2021 was critically acclaimed as widely inspirational having transcended the new normal of pandemic isolation. Two Fishes (released in 2022) was a bit more introspective as it juxtaposed the experience of raising a child in the aftermath of 911 with that of raising a child during today’s pandemic.
He leaves off, “More than ever, listeners want to feel like they genuinely belong to something. I’ve seen this over the past year during intermittent stretches when live music and gatherings of five hundred plus were considered safe. It’s similar to how you go to church or yoga or whatever you do in groups of people in order to feel a certain thing. For me, the goal is always to draw inspiration from the collective – whether it’s during a more intimate solo concert or with my entire five-piece band. We want to bring the feeling of hope and we want to have a good time with you!”