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Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington,
Kentucky Kentucky ( , ), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a U.S. state, state in the Upland South region of the United States, bordered by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the east; Tennessee to the s ...
, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue an engineering degree then one year later, a career in music writing songs. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music. As of 2018, Stapleton has amassed credits writing and co-writing over 170 songs. He has co-written six number-one country songs including Kenny Chesney's five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More", Josh Turner's "Your Man (Josh Turner song), Your Man", George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright", and Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer". His songs have appeared on many artists albums including Adele, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. He has co-written with several artists as well including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, and Ed Sheeran. Stapleton has been recognized with List of awards and nominations received by Chris Stapleton, several awards including five Grammy Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, and ten Country Music Association Awards, Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. As a vocalist, Stapleton sang lead in two bands before he started recording as a solo artist including a bluegrass ensemble from 2008 to 2010 called The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers. After that, he released his solo debut: the critically acclaimed studio album titled ''Traveller (Chris Stapleton album), Traveller'' (2015), which reached number one on the US Billboard 200, ''Billboard'' 200 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His second studio album ''From A Room: Volume 1'' was released in May 2017, and earned him a second CMA Award for Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Album of the Year and also a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. ''From A Room: Volume 2'' was released in December 2017. Stapleton released his fourth studio album ''Starting Over (Chris Stapleton album), Starting Over'' on November 13, 2020. The Starting Over (Chris Stapleton song), title track was issued as its lead single.


Early life

Stapleton was born in Lexington,
Kentucky Kentucky ( , ), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a U.S. state, state in the Upland South region of the United States, bordered by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the east; Tennessee to the s ...
. His mother, Carol J. (Mace) Stapleton, worked at the local health department and his father, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Jr. (1946–2013), was a coal mining, coal miner. He comes from a family of coal miners. He has an older brother, Herbert Joseph III and younger sister, Melanie Brooke. Stapleton grew up in the small town of Staffordsville, Kentucky, Staffordsville,
Kentucky Kentucky ( , ), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a U.S. state, state in the Upland South region of the United States, bordered by Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the east; Tennessee to the s ...
, which is located just outside of Paintsville, Kentucky, Paintsville, located between the city and the Paintsville lake. He graduated from Johnson Central High School where he played football and was his class salutatorian. He then attended Vanderbilt University, where he studied engineering, but dropped out after a year.


Music career


Career beginnings and bands

In 2001, Stapleton moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a music career. As a songwriter, he signed with the publishing house Sea Gayle Music, a deal he got shortly after moving to Nashville. In 2007, he became the frontman for the bluegrass group The Steeldrivers. They had two hit records; each peaked at number 2 on the bluegrass chart before Stapleton left in 2010. In 2010, Stapleton founded a Southern rock band called The Jompson Brothers. The band was made up of Stapleton on vocals, Greg McKee on guitar, J.T. Cure on bass, Bard McNamee on drums. They toured regionally until 2013 and at one point, opened for the Zac Brown Band. The band independently released a self-titled album in November 2010. In 2013, Stapleton signed to Universal Music Group Nashville, Mercury Nashville, a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, as a solo artist. His first single, "What Are You Listening To?", was released in October 2013, but did not perform as expected. The single was part of a record that was recorded but never released. Stapleton also cowrote the theme—"All-Nighter Comin'"—to the WSM-AM show, ''The WSM All Nighter with Marcia Campbell'', an American radio show with a large trucker following. He cowrote the song with Vince Gill and Al Anderson (The Wailers), Al Anderson, with Gill featured on vocals on the track. Songs written by Stapleton have been included on to the soundtracks of several feature films, including ''Valentine's Day (2010 film), Valentine's Day'', ''Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip'', and ''Hell or High Water (2016 film), Hell or High Water''. In 2013, Stapleton and his wife Morgane sang the Waylon Jennings song, "Amanda (Don Williams song), Amanda", live at the Grand Ole Opry. They also did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in November 2015. At the 2014 CMT Artist of the Year event, Stapleton performed with Lady A, who played Stapleton's song, "Drink a Beer", which Luke Bryan had recorded, in honor of Bryan, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to a death in his family. Stapleton had previously sung it during Bryan's 2013 CMA Awards performance of the same song.


Solo studio albums

Stapleton's debut solo album, ''Traveller (Chris Stapleton album), Traveller'', was released on May 5, 2015. Recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio A, Stapleton co-produced the album with producer Dave Cobb. On the album he plays guitar and sings with a live band that is made up of bass player J.T. Cure (from The Jompson Brothers), pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummer Derek Mixon, Mickey Raphael on harmonica, and wife Morgane Stapleton singing harmonies. Stapleton emphasized the importance of the band lineup that came together during the making and promotion of the record, saying the familiarity he had with Cure and Mixon (he has known and played with Cure for over 20 years), plus Cobb's producing which included contributing acoustic guitar in the recording process, added to the richness of making the record. Stapleton said that the album was inspired by a cross-country road trip he took after his father died in 2013. He said he wrote the title track "Traveller (Chris Stapleton song), Traveller" while on a road trip with his wife, driving down Interstate 40 from Phoenix, Arizona, to Nashville via New Mexico. His wife helped him to sift through 15 years worth of songs to pick 9 songs to start recording with. Stapleton won three awards at the 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 2015 Country Music Association Awards: Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Album of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. At the CMA Awards, Stapleton performed with Justin Timberlake his version of the song popularized as a David Allen Coe live-show staple, "Tennessee Whiskey (song), Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away". Considered a career-defining moment by music publications, the performance along with his wins that night lifted him to national prominence. In December 2015, Stapleton received the 2015 CMT (U.S. TV channel), CMT Artists of the Year Ellington Jordan, Breakout award during a live performance at the annual CMT Artists of the Year show. ''Traveller'' was nominated for the Grammy Award for Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Album of the Year and won the categories Grammy Award for Best Country Album, Best Country Album and Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Solo Performance. It also won the Academy of Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year. The top selling country album of 2016, it has sold a total of 2 million copies domestically . In 2016, Stapleton – along with his wife Morgane – contributed the track, "You Are My Sunshine", to producer Dave Cobb's compilation record project, ''Southern Family''. He collaborated with Jake Owen on the song "If He Ain't Gonna Love You" on Owen's album ''American Love''. Stapleton performed on the main stage at the 2016 C2C: Country to Country, Country to Country festival in Europe along with Andrew Combs, Kacey Musgraves and headliner Eric Church. Stapleton was the musical guest on the ''Saturday Night Live'' episode which Saturday Night Live (season 41), aired January 16, 2016, alongside host Adam Driver. He performed "Parachute (Chris Stapleton song), Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" from ''Traveller''. In January 2016, Stapleton performed "Either Way (Chris Stapleton song), Either Way", a song he wrote with Kendall Marvel and Tim James (country music songwriter), Tim James, at the Country Radio Hall of Fame's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. It was previously recorded by Lee Ann Womack for her 2008 album, ''Call Me Crazy''. The track would be featured on his second studio album ''From A Room: Volume 1''. Released on May 5, 2017, ''Volume 1'' takes its name from Nashville's RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016–17. The same month he embarked on his Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show Tour, All-American Road Show Tour. ''Volume 1'' was certified Music recording sales certification, gold in the US the next month, eventually giving Stapleton his second CMA for Album of the Year, and became the best-selling country album of the year. His third studio album ''From A Room: Volume 2'' was released on December 1, 2017. Both albums ''Volume 1'' and ''Volume 2'' debuted at number two on the ''Billboard'' 200 charts. Stapleton was the musical guest on ''Saturday Night Live'' for a second time on January 27, 2018, where he performed songs from ''From a Room: Volume 2'' with Sturgill Simpson. In March, "Broken Halos" off ''From A Room: Volume 1'' reached the top of the Country Airplay chart. It earned him the accolades for Song and Single of the Year at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, 52nd CMAs, while he won Male Vocalist of the Year for a fourth time. On August 28, 2020, Stapleton released a single titled "Starting Over (Chris Stapleton song), Starting Over", a song he previously performed on tour. It is the lead single from his Starting Over (Chris Stapleton album), album of the same name and marks his first single since 2018's "Millionaire (Chris Stapleton song), Millionaire". He then released a second single, "Cold" on September 25, 2020, to further promote the project.


Other projects and collaborations

Stapleton co-wrote three songs for Justin Timberlake's studio album ''Man of the Woods'' (2018), including their collaboration "Say Something (Justin Timberlake song), Say Something", which reached the top ten list on the US Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100 chart. In the same year, Stapleton also recorded a cover of "I Want Love" for ''Revamp & Restoration, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin''. Stapleton appeared as an extra in "The Long Night (Game of Thrones), The Long Night", the third episode of the Game of Thrones (season 8), eighth season of ''Game of Thrones''. On August 6, 2019, John Mayer invited Stapleton onstage at his concert to perform a song they had both written the day before, titled "I Just Remembered That I Didn't Care" that has yet to receive a studio release. He stayed onstage afterwards for a performance of Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room". Over the course of 2019 and 2020, Stapleton recorded and wrote songs with Mike Campbell (musician), Mike Campbell, formerly the guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who is now working with his solo project The Dirty Knobs. In addition to Campbell and fellow Heartbreaker Benmont Tench having played on Stapleton's album ''Starting Over'', Stapleton also featured on the Dirty Knobs' album, ''Wreckless Abandon''.


Artistry

Stapleton's musical influences range from outlaw country and bluegrass music, bluegrass to rock and roll and blues. Editors from NPR and Paste (magazine), ''Paste'' magazine described his sound as a blend of country, Rock music, classic rock and Southern soul. Before going solo, Stapleton led the progressive bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and the rock and roll band The Jompson Brothers. His first solo album ''Traveller'' is an old-school country, Southern rock and bluegrass record, and his second ''From A Room: Volume 1'' focuses on country, blues and roots rock. He played the acoustic guitar and electric guitar for both albums. Stapleton is a soul music, soul singer with a tenor vocal range. After attending one of his concerts in 2015, ''Los Angeles Times'' writer Randy Lewis opined his singing recalls "the note-bending style of country that traces to Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell and the gut-wrenching expressionism of blues and R&B perfected by Ray Charles", while his guitar performances elicits "memories of Texas blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan." Stapleton has cited Charles, Otis Redding and Freddie King as some of his music influences, along with
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Personal life

Stapleton is married to singer-songwriter Morgane Stapleton, who co-wrote Carrie Underwood's 2006 single "Don't Forget to Remember Me". She had a recording deal with Arista Nashville. The couple met when they were working at adjacent publishing houses and married in 2007. They have five children and live in Nashville. In October 2017, the couple announced they were expecting twins. On April 15, 2018, (Stapleton's 40th birthday), host Reba McEntire announced live on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards that twin boys had been born to the Stapletons. At his concert at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2018, Stapleton announced that he and his wife were expecting their fifth child; he repeated the announcement at the Country Music Association awards on November 18, 2018. On April 28, 2019, he appeared as an extra in the HBO series ''Game of Thrones'' episode "The Long Night (Game of Thrones), The Long Night" as a wight. On May 12, 2019, Morgane and Chris welcomed their fifth child, a baby boy, into their family. He also had a dog named Maggie, which appears on his latest release "Starting Over (Chris Stapleton song), Starting Over".


Awards

Stapleton has received numerous awards and nominations. He is the recipient of five Grammy Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, ten Country Music Association Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, among others. For his work as composer he has received nine American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP Country awards, including the Vanguard Award.


Discography

* ''Traveller (Chris Stapleton album), Traveller'' (2015) * ''From A Room: Volume 1'' (2017) * ''From A Room: Volume 2'' (2017) * ''Starting Over (Chris Stapleton album), Starting Over'' (2020)


Tours and concerts


Main act

* Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton Live in Concert (2016) * Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show Tour (2017–2018) * A Concert for Kentucky (April 24, 2021) — notable as the first-ever concert at Kroger Field, home to Kentucky Wildcats football


Opening act

* Outsiders Tour (2015) * The Ashes and Dust World Tour (2015) * Not in This Lifetime... Tour (2016) * Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 40th Anniversary Tour (2017) * An Evening With the Eagles (2018)


See also

* List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. country chart * List of country rock musicians * List of country music performers * List of southern rock bands


References


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