Unlike a number of retro-styled acts who adopt a familial name in the name of an ironic laugh, Los Angeles-based acoustic harmony trio the Chapin Sisters really are siblings and have a long family history in music.
Abigail Chapin and Lily Chapin are the daughters of folksinger Tom Chapin, and their uncle was the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin; their mother, Bonnie Broecker, was previously married to filmmaker Wes Craven, and her daughter (and Abigail and Lily's stepsister) Jessica Craven rounds out the group. Abigail, Lily, and Jessica were raised together in New York City and appeared on a series of records for children that Tom Chapin recorded as they were growing up, while Jessica did occasional voice work for commercials, but the sisters didn't begin seriously pursuing a career in music together until they relocated to Los Angeles in 2004. Singing in lovely three-part harmonies and often backed with little more than their acoustic guitars, the Chapin Sisters developed a reputation both for their intelligent, introspective original songs and their witty way with a cover tune, performing songs by Madonna, the Smiths, and Britney Spears with a gentle folkie clarity that belies their original interpretations. The sisters made their recording debut with a demo EP released in 2006 (which featured their often-requested version of Spears' "Toxic"), and a split LP with the group Winter Flowers was released by Manimal Vinyl in 2007. The Lake Bottom LP, the Chapin Sisters' first full-length album, was issued by Plain Recordings in the spring of 2008. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi