My name is Wayman Chapman,
I`m from Yakima Washington, located in the beautiful Northwest. I started playing guitar at the age of nine and was soon playing in local bands. At the age of six I met Oleta Adams (her father was the pastor of a local Baptist church I attended.) I played and sang with Oleta in church and high school choirs through high school, recording one album after winning the "Northwest Mount Hood Small Jazz Ensemble Contest" and "Reno Jazz Contest" in 1970-71.
I moved to Los Angeles, California in 1971 and performed in different groups such as "The Bus Boys", known for their part in the movie 48 hours with Eddie Murphy. Mainly I played recording sessions at Ike & Tina Turner's studio "Bolic Sound" In Inglewood, California and the Jackson family studio at their estate in Encino, California. I started playing with people like Jerry Knight (formerly with Bill Withers and Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio). Through the years I have met and had the opportunity to interact with such entertainers as Quincy Jones, Chaka Kahn, Eddie Murphy, Sly Stone, and my mentor on bass guitar, Larry Graham as well as many others.
From 1986 to 1988, I played with the group "Pressure Point" from Ed McMann's TV show "Star Search" on which they were finalists, opening at the house that Elvis built "The Las Vegas Hilton" for Gregory Hines and Dionne Warwick.
In 1992, I joined the group "Mojo Six". Six musicians personally selected by the Belmont Agency from Seattle, Washington to perform at Hong Kong's premier night spot "JJ's" at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong for six months. After completion of that engagement I was presented the opportunity to remain in Hong Kong and apply my skills by writing and producing music and also adding my speaking and singing voice to many Hong Kong TV commercials and radio ads. Along with this I also accepted a position of entertainment manager for a brand new night spot to compete with JJ's called China Max.
In April of 1995 I left Hong Kong to return home to spend time with my family. By Winter, I accepted a personal invitation to perform with my childhood friend and international recording artist, Oleta Adams, on her "Moving On World Tour", performing in 25 major cities across the US. Since then, up until Spring of '98 I have performed with Oleta in several Jazz festivals all over the world, including St. Lucia, Puerto Vallarta, North Sea, and the biggest jazz festival in the world, the "Montreux Jazz Festival".
I must give my thanks to Peavey Electronics who shared and extended their support by granting me an opportunity to endorse Peavey equipment.
In November of 1999, with the help of executive producer and longtime friend Eric Silvers, I started recording my CD "Thought Crimes". Seven tunes are my own compositions, plus I added "Mustang Sally" written by Bonnie Rice and "Pink Cadillac" written by Bruce Springsteen. I released my CD on May 12, 2000 with a with a release party at the Double Tree Grand Ballroom in Yakima Washington. It was a great sucess. Sales have been concentrated in Eastern Washington and I have been supported well from my hometown gigs with old and new fans jammin' to my style of funk & groove.
Now I'm stepping out and opening my website with hopes of other avenues opening for me and my music. I feel very confident about my product and I'm open for suggestions on ideas that will allow me to record with or tour with other major artists, also I welcome opportunities to have other vocalists or instrumentalists taking my music to another level.