Grant, Chapman to Divorce
On March 5, Myrrh recording artist Amy Grant filed for divorce from Reunion artist Gary Chapman, her husband of 16 years, due to irreconcilable differences. Papers were filed in the Williamson County Chancery Court near the couple’s Franklin, Tenn. home.
"We are saddened by this announcement and continue to pray for Amy, Gary and their children," said Jim Chaffee, general manager/vice president of Myrrh Records, in a press release. "Amy’s achievements have raised the level of awareness of Christian music and, more importantly, the gospel in the world... We will continue to support Amy as a Myrrh artist."
George King, vice president and co-general manager of Reunion Records, similarly noted, "Everyone at Reunion is saddened by the announcement of the divorce of Amy Grant and Gary Chapman. As Gary Chapman's record company, we will continue to support him in any way that we can."
Blanton/Harrell Entertainment manages Grant’s career and, until recently, also managed Chapman. "We appreciate those who have written or called and voiced their prayer support and commitment to Amy, Gary and their family," said Blanton/Harrell’s Jennifer Cooke. "This has obviously been a difficult time for all of them, and they are in need of your continued prayers and support as they seek God’s guidance through this process. We are confident in God’s faithfulness and mercy, and will continue to trust Him to use Amy and her music in ways that will touch people’s lives."
Grant signed with Word Entertainment’s Myrrh label more than 20 years ago and was recognized in CCM MAGAZINE’s July 1998 issue as the top-selling Christian artist of all time. Chapman is the host of TNN’s "Prime Time Country," a daily variety show, as well as host of the weekly syndicated radio program, "THE CCM COUNTDOWN WITH GARY CHAPMAN" (a subsidiary of CCM MAGAZINE’s parent company, CCM COMMUNICATIONS).
In the press release issued by Myrrh, both artists "...requested prayers and privacy during this difficult time." Grant and Chapman have three children.