Christopher Alvin Stapleton1 (Lexington, Kentucky, United States, April 15, 1978), better known as Chris Stapleton, is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is a recognized composer counting on six No. 1 including “Never Wanted Nothing More” which was No. 1 for five weeks, recorded by Kenny Chesney, “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” recorded by George Strait, and “Come Back Song” which was recorded by Darius Rucker.
More than 150 songs written by Stapleton have appeared in albums by artists such as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Justin Timberlake and Dierks Bentley. Among other artists, he has co-written with Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.
After being the leader of the bluegrass group The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton released their debut studio album entitled Traveler in 2015, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Among several awards, he won at the CMA Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards in the category Album of the Year and Vocalist of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Country Music Album and Grammy Award for Best Performance by Country Soloist in the 58th edition of the Grammy Awards. Their second studio album, From A Room: Volume 1, published in 2017, reached the second position in the Billboard 200, as did From A Room: Volume 2, published on same year.
Chris Stapleton grew up in Kentucky in the countryside of Staffordsville. At age 23, he moved to Nashville to start a career as a country musician. At first he was only a songwriter under contract. Over the years he became a very successful songwriter, writing for many well-known musicians such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw. Even Adele made a recording of his song If It Had not Been for Love in 2011 as a bonus track.
His first own success as a musician he had in 2008 with the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. Her debut album titled as a title was successful in the bluegrass and country charts and she received a Grammy nomination for the song Blue Side of the Mountain. However, before the release of a second album Stapleton left the band and founded with the Jompson Brothers a Southern Rock band. However, she only held for three years and he then began a solo career. With his debut single What Are You Listening To 2013, he had a minor radio success in the country broadcasters.
In 2015 his solo debut album Traveler appeared. Despite critics’ praise, the big commercial success initially failed. # 14 in the official album charts was the best placement this spring. Only when Stapleton at the CMA Awards surprisingly became the big winner and was awarded not only with the award for the best album, but also as the best newcomer and best singer, was also the immediate success of the country fans. The album rose to # 1 on both the country and official charts, selling over two million copies (double platinum). The single Tennessee Whiskey was also a millionaire and a country number one hit. Seven more singles also came in the country charts. He was nominated four times at the 2016 Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year category. For the album and the single Traveler, he finally won two country awards.
Also in 2018 he was the most successful country musician at the Grammys. With the album From A Room (Volume 1) and the songs Either Way and Broken Halos, he won three of the four awards in the Country division.
In 2019 Chris Stapleton is going on All-American Road Show Tour.