Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014

Singer Gary Chapman, ‘Nashville Wives’ star Cassie Chapman talk marriage

PRESS RELEASE: Celebrity Couple Celebrates 5 Years of Wedded Bliss & a 23-Year Age Difference

Cassie Chapman

Cassie Chapman

4 Tips for Keeping Romance Alive

Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman and his wife, Nashville Wives star Cassie Piersol Chapman, say they’re so in love, one wedding just wasn’t enough.

“We got married Dec. 22, 2008 in a very small ceremony my father performed,” says Gary, 56, a five-time Grammy-nominated, seven-time Dove Award-winning artist who recently released his first album in a decade, The Truth (www.garychapmanmusic.com). 

“The next year, we had a mountaintop wedding with our friends in Breckenridge, Colo. Cassie’s grandmother married us at a Renaissance fair, and last year, we tied the knot in Las Vegas. What can I say – we like getting married!”

It’s just one of the ways the couple keeps the romance alive, says Cassie, 33, who stars in the new TNT show Private Lives of Nashville Wives, premiering Feb. 24.

“Weddings are a beautiful celebration of our love for each other and a reminder that this is serious!” she says. “So many people get married and they’re divorced two years later. We don’t plan to be among them!”

What are some of the Chapmans’ other secrets for keeping their romance burning bright?

• Discover and embrace your partner’s cultural perspective. Gary grew up with black-and-white TV and The Andy Griffith Show. He remembers the first time he heard The Beatles on the radio. Cassie watched Fraggle Rock and The Goonies, and played computer games on the family’s Commodore 64.

“I’ve definitely been exposed to things I never would have experienced without Gary in my life, from music to great old movies,” Cassie says.

Adds Gary: “A younger person can teach an old dog new tricks, too. I’ve got a window on pop culture that I would never have without Cassie. Next…she’s gonna teach me to dance.”

• Identify and enjoy your shared cultural experiences. Both Gary and Cassie grew up fans of Willie Nelson’s music, so Gary was thrilled when he got the opportunity to introduce his wife to the country singing legend.

“He’s a man who doesn’t disappoint when you meet him, so Cassie was blown away. She loves him,” Gary says. “I think if I weren’t around, she’d marry him! We look for those shared memories – timeless Christmas music is another – because they add to the bond we have.” 

• Anticipate criticism — and ignore it. “Simply put, there are going to be haters out there – a lot of people carry around stereotypes about relationships where there’s a significant age difference, whether the man or the woman is older,” says Cassie. “We’re so happy together, it just doesn’t bother us. I don’t think either one of us even notices it anymore.”

• Stay in shape! It’s important for everyone to take care of themselves, but if you’re the older partner, you owe it to the love of your life to stay fit and healthy, Gary says.

“I plan to be hiking, biking and singing – and more! — with Cassie when I’m 100,” Gary says. “So I exercise regularly and I don’t abuse my body by drinking too much or eating a lot of junk. I’m careful because I love her, and that alone is a romantic thing to do.”

The two also both see at least one more wedding in their future – not counting the times they quietly exchange rings and mouth “I do” while attending friends’ and family weddings.

“We hope to have a real ceremony soon,” Cassie says. “I want my dad to walk me down the aisle and mom to button me up.” 

About Gary & Cassie Piersol Chapman

Gary Chapman is a veteran musician in the contemporary pop, country, Christian and southern gospel genres. His Dove Awards include Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, and he’s written hits including I Prefer the Moonlight for Kenny Rogers and Finally for T.G. Sheppard along with songs for Alabama and Wynonna Judd. He was the host of TNN’s hit show Prime Time Country for four years and founded the record label that launched current Disney music mainstays Everlife, among many top performers.

Cassie Piersol Chapman stars in TNT’s new docudrama Private Lives of Nashville Wives (from the Real Housewives creators). She grew up on her family’s West Virginia farm and was active in 4H and other agricultural activities. She also sang in a choir, modeled and became a star cheerleader in high school. She won two national cheerleading titles at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She has appeared in music videos, commercials and printed work. She works with her husband, Gary, on A Hymn a Week, a popular online devotional.

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  1. Country Fan says:

    Just read the stupid coments, Gary & Cassie, I would clear my name from the net, these folks are crazy, hope the best for you two, keep the good work up. Was good to see Gary on Larry’s show Sat. night.

  2. Dawn says:

    First off I want to say that Cassie and Gary are one of my favorite couples on PLNW. Second, There is new scientific research that says that people who troll around the internet looking to defame and bring down other people are in fact psychopaths. That seems to apply to the person or people who are posting nastiness here. Even if any of the filth posted here were true, high school was 15 years ago and everyone has the power to change! I’m sure if you (the troll) were man/woman enough to post your true identity, tree could be dirt to dig up on you. A better use of your time would be an English class, because your grammar and spelling are atrocious.

    • Your Name... says:

      well anyone who says that the chap mans are there fav couple on some stupid reality show must not have anything better to do except watch stupid reality shows (TV). get a life go outside. your never going to be on a show or look like any of those girls so get over it. At there 3rd wedding Gary needs to sing cassie the song Do You Love Me ? by rock greats KISS. LOL

    • Your Name... says:

      well there’s new and old scientific research that says people who sit around watching TV all the time are obese. you had nothing better to do than wake up and check this website out at 7:51am. get a life!!!!

    • Your Name... says:

      talk about someone needing English class. you can’t even put words in sentence that makes sence. tree would sound better and make sense if it was THERE.

    • Dwight Clark says:

      Dawn, I complete,y agree w/U in regards to ppl not want’n to show their names. Hwever I’m not that way, Gary knows me, for I graduated W/him(From where I can’t name bcoz of privacy reasons), in 1975, Personally, I’d like to be able to see him in person, someday, either @ a reunion, or while onstage. He’s always had some good country music to sing, as well as some gospel songs as well.

      I’ve got the 1st album that he made years ago, and, it’s not a CD either, It’s on complete vinal, and a 33 1/3rd LP(Sorry it’n not for sale), too.

      Gary/Cassie Congrats on the adoption of Ur baby girl, back in May. I’m still try’n to upload my adoptive pix to Facebook for u to see or to post.

      Dawn: If someone can’t either speak, and/or understand perfect english, they DO need togo back to the 1st grade and re-leaqrn it all over again.

  3. Your Name... says:

    i went to PHS school with her. she was a slut then.

    • Your Name... says:

      hey I did to. yeah I remember that stuck up little slut. she act like her shit didn’t stink. sorry cass but yours stinks just like everyone else’s . yours might just smell a little bit better, but not all woman have money like Gary’s to afford douches every day.

  4. Richie Channels Dylan With Hooters Tune On Write A Song Wednesday [AUDIO] says:

    […] cleverly put me on the spot with this one, for sure! Cassie Chapman, one of the stars of “Nashville Wives” is married to  Gary Chapman, ex husband of Vince Gill’s wife, singer Amy Grant (soap […]

  5. -eg- says:

    I think Cassie and Gary deserve one another, Gary clearly is an egomaniac who needs the constant attention no matter where it comes from…and Casie is just trying to become a “star” by bleeding Gary for all he’s worth. They are like two parasites living off one another. Mark my words… once the Hooters bimbo gets established and has her own money coming in, she will dump grandpa and run off someone from the SpongeBob era that she is comfy with. Lets hope Gary got a ironclad prenup so he wont be forced into bankruptcy AGAIN.

    funniest thing is how Cassie is playing the loving Christian wife yet after getting on TNT and doing stuff with Garys website she STILL says that her job as a Hooters bimbo was her favorite job. That kids, tells ya exactly what Cassie is — a gold digging waitress . I pity the kid that they bought last year.. poor girl is ganna be messed up by being raised by two shallow ego maniacs .

  6. sarah o says:

    Gary was long since divorced when they met. Are you saying she wrecked his bachelor pad? ;0)

    Lovely article, thank you for sharing this peek into their life which is clearly filled with love and respect for one another and love of God.

  7. Tn says:

    This is a joke right. Cassie was living with a friend of mine when gary came in the pitcher. I heard Cassie Chapman has done a lot drugs and banged a lot of guys.

  8. JD says:

    Cassie is a former Hooters waitress and homewrecker! Her image is just a fake one. Cassie+BD, right Cassie?

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