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Wood County native appears in “Nashville Wives”

Photo for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel by Jeremy Freeman Cassie Chapman, one of the wives in the “Private Lives of Nashville Wives.”
Photo for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel by Jeremy Freeman
Cassie Chapman, one of the wives in the “Private Lives of Nashville Wives.”

NASHVILLE – Cassie (Piersol) Chapman, a self-professed country girl from Blue Front Hollow Road in Wood County, is one of the stars in the new television series “Private Lives of Nashville Wives,” set to premiere at 10 p.m. Monday on TNT.

How did Chapman go from showing horses, winning ribbons at the Wood County 4-H Fair and living on a farm in rural Wood County to starring in a TV docudrama depicting the glamorous celebrity life in Nashville, the country music capital of the world?

Before answering that question, first some information about the TV show.

“Set in and around the capital of the high-stakes country music business, ‘Private Lives of Nashville Wives’ will follow a group of accomplished, opinionated and driven women as they deal with professional challenges, family issues and social relationships,” according to the TNT website.

The first episode is titled Bright Lights, Big City. “Against the backdrop of The Music City, six of Nashville’s most prominent women are searching for their place in Southern society. The premiere episode introduces viewers to the wives during the most important week of the year in country music, the CMA Music Festival,” TNT says.

Chapman, 34, a 1998 graduate of Parkersburg High School, said she has seen only the first of eight unscripted episodes of the show’s inaugural season.

“Private Lives of Nashville Wives” provides a behind-the-scenes look at the music business in Nashville, Chapman said.

The successful husbands of these wives appear in the series. Chapman is married to Christian country music legend Gary Chapman.

As a singer-songwriter, Gary Chapman has received eight gospel music Dove Awards and several Grammy nominations. From 1996-99, he was the host of the TV show “Prime Time Country” on TNN.

At 23 years younger than Gary, Cassie is determined to prove that their relationship is real and that they fell in love for all of the right reasons, according to the TNT website…

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