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Nashville star records Welsh hymn
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman (second left) during the recording session
A Nashville singer-songwriter travelled to north Wales to record a Welsh language hymn with local musicians.

Beth Nielsen Chapman heard about the hymn Harddwch Crist (Christ's Beauty) during a conversation with local producer Maartin Allcock.

The hymn will be featured on a CD of hymns Chapman is recording in different languages all over the world.

Sain records chief executive Dafydd Roberts praised her Welsh pronunciation as "amazing".

She sang the hymn in Welsh and her pronunciation was amazing
Dafydd Roberts, Sain records

Chapman came to Wales through her connections with Maartin Allcock, a multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Harlech, who had worked with her before.

Two years ago Chapman recorded and released a collection of Latin hymns under the title Hymns.

This led her to research hymns all over the world and her interest in Welsh hymns came about after a conversation with Mr Allcock who had come across Lleuwen Steffan's album of Welsh hymns, God Only Knows.

'Really enjoyed'

Chapman's songs have been recorded by artists including Bette Midler, Neil Diamond and Bonnie Raitt.

"She loved it in Wales and the weather was fantastic for her visit, you could see roots growing out of her shoes," said Mr Allcock.

Two local musicians played on the recording, Gwenan Gibbard on the harp and Dafydd Roberts on the flute.

"It's not everyday you have someone who has worked with Bette Midler and Elton John coming to Sain to record, but it does happen from time to time," said Dafydd Roberts.

"She sang the hymn in Welsh and her pronunciation was amazing. She told us she really enjoyed herself here and that she'd like to come back and work here again," he added.

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