Singer/songwriter, Dinah Chapman, has been singing since age 5. Inspired by her mother, Dinah learned to sing lead vocals for church choirs and to direct choirs. She sang with her family group, the Taylor Singers, who traveled and performed throughout the Midwest whenever her father preached at various churches. While pursuing a degree in marketing, Dinah continued singing with the Eastern Michigan University Gospel Choir and a local gospel ensemble, Love & Total Devotion.
After college, Dinah continued to perform and record with various D.C.-based groups and recorded a single. Although Dinah’s roots are in gospel music, her contemporary crossover appeal allows her to transition gracefully into mainstream. As she began to record more songs, she also began writing. Early in 2002, one of Dinah’s songs, “You Always Cared,” was recorded by Grammy nominee Ann Nesby and released on Universal Records. It is the 10th song on Ann Nesby’s Album, “Put It On Paper” by Time Child Records 2002. “You Always Cared” was also released on a compilation CD, Bishop T.D. Jakes Presents: God’s Leading Ladies, in 2002 on the EMI Gospel label.
Dinah’s motto is, “one heart, one soul, one song”. She says, “People are basically the same wherever you go. We just need to reach out and draw upon what we have in common and honor and celebrate our differences. Music seems to bring us all together!” Dinah’s love for God and for music keeps her inspired to reach within her soul and deliver her best music to share with the world. Her vision includes song writing, singing, recording, and producing positive, uplifting, life-changing music and creating scholarships for underprivileged performing arts students in honor of her mother, the late Mildred Evelyn Gates.
Dinah’s homebase is in northern California. From 2013 to early 2016 she attended Unity Institute and Seminary pursuing her Masters of Divinity. She graduated and was ordained in June 2016. She served as Associate Minister at Unity of San Leandro in northern California until February 2018, at which time she became senior minister at Unity of Tri-Valley in Dublin, CA. Under the umbrella of Unity Worldwide Ministries, she is now launching her on-line ministry, Unity Joy Abundantly Expressing Ministries (UJAEM).