It’s tough enough for a second-generation artist to emerge from the enormous shadow of a parent’s celebrity. It’s exponentially rougher when the parent in question is beloved to the point of beatification. Liza Minnelli and Natalie Cole, two genuinely gifted performers in their own right, have spent their entire lives engaged, both personally and professionally, in losing battles with such sanctified specters. It’s inevitable that Jen Chapin will face similar challenges. Two lines into the publicity material for her latest album, Open Wide (Purple Chair Music), we’re reminded that she’s the daughter of folk-rock icon Harry Chapin.
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