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Jen Chapin

When talking or listening to Jen Chapin it’s tough not to be reminded of Norah Jones. Both are the progeny of music icons-Chapin the daughter of folk-rock troubadour Harry; Jones of sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Both emerged from downtown Manhattan’s vibrant urban-folk scene. Both favor earthy ballads. They share a drummer (Dan Rieser). They sound more than a little alike.

What Jones has that Chapin doesn’t is a shelf full of Grammys, a rabid international following and a heavily overhyped reputation to live up to. But Chapin couldn’t be happier with her comparatively low luster. “Every time I read something about her,” says the slightly older, wiser Chapin with a knowing smile, “I think ‘Ah, the poor girl, and so young.’ My dad was never the rock star he really wanted to be, but he achieved a certain level of fame and financial security, so that’s never been a driving goal of mine. I know what that life entails and it’s not that alluring; it’s not something I romanticize.”

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