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Background information
Birth nameChristopher Alvin Stapleton
Born (1978-04-15) April 15, 1978 (age 40)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2001−present
Associated acts

Christopher Alvin Stapleton [1] [2] (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, [3] [4] guitarist, [5] and record producer. [6] He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue a career in music writing songs. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music. [7]

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Lexington, Kentucky Consolidated city-county in Kentucky, United States

Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor. In the 2017 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 321,959, anchoring a metropolitan area of 512,650 people and a combined statistical area of 856,849 people.

Kentucky State of the United States of America

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, (because in Kentucky's first constitution, the name state was used) Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.


As of 2018 Stapleton has amassed credits writing and co-writing over 170 songs. [7] He has co-written six number-one country songs [8] including Kenny Chesney's five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More", George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright", and Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer". [9] His songs have appeared on many artists albums including Adele, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. [10] He has co-written with several artists as well including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, and Sheryl Crow. [11] Stapleton has been recognized with several awards including five Grammy Awards, seven Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, and ten Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

Kenny Chesney American country music singer/songwriter

Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 29 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Never Wanted Nothing More 2007 single by Kenny Chesney

"Never Wanted Nothing More" is a song written by Ronnie Bowman and Chris Stapleton and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in June 2007 as the first single from Chesney’s 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. To date, it is his fastest-climbing number one single, reaching the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on its eighth chart week.

George Strait American country music singer

George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.

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. After that, he released his solo debut: the critically acclaimed studio album titled Traveller (2015), which reached number one on the US 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 Album of the Year and also a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. From A Room: Volume 2 was released in December 2017.

The SteelDrivers are a bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee. Members include fiddler Tammy Rogers, bassist Mike Fleming, guitarist Kelvin Damrell, mandolinist Brent Truitt, and banjoist Richard Bailey. The band has recorded four albums on the Rounder Records label and one independent live album recorded at The Station Inn.

<i>Traveller</i> (Chris Stapleton album) 2015 studio album by Chris Stapleton

Traveller is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton. The album was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton, and was released on May 5, 2015, through Mercury Nashville.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Early life

Stapleton was born in a Lexington, [12] Kentucky, hospital. His mother, Carol J. (Mace) Stapleton, worked at the local health department and his father, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Jr. (1946–2013), [13] [14] was a coal miner. He comes from a family of coal miners. [15] [16] He has an older brother, Herbert Joseph III and younger sister, Melanie Brooke. [17] [18]

Coal mining Process of getting coal out of the ground

Coal mining is the process of extracting coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United Kingdom and South Africa, a coal mine and its structures are a colliery, a coal mine a pit, and the above-ground structures the pit head. In Australia, "colliery" generally refers to an underground coal mine. In the United States, "colliery" has been used to describe a coal mine operation but nowadays the word is not commonly used.

Stapleton grew up in the small town of Staffordsville, Kentucky, which is located just outside of Paintsville, located between the city and the Paintsville lake. [15] 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. [19] [20]

Staffordsville, Kentucky Unincorporated community in Kentucky, United States

Staffordsville is an unincorporated community in Johnson County, Kentucky, United States. The community was originally named Frew and the first post office was established on July 14, 1882, with Millard F. Rule as postmaster but in 1893, postmistress Jessie Stafford changed the post office's name to "Staffordsville" in order to honor her family. Staffordsville's ZIP code is 41256.

Paintsville, Kentucky City in Kentucky, United States

Paintsville is a home rule-class city along Paint Creek in Johnson County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 3,459 during the 2010 U.S. Census.

Johnson Central High School public school in Paintsville, Kentucky

Johnson Central High School is a public secondary school located at 257 North Mayo Trail on the northwest side of Paintsville, Kentucky, United States. The school serves as the Johnson County School District's consolidated high school.

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. [21]

Sea Gayle Music is an independent music publishing company based in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. It was formed in 1999 by songwriter Chris DuBois, songwriter/producer Frank Rogers, and songwriter/artist Brad Paisley. In 2010 and 2011, Sea Gayle Music was named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year. This is the first time since 1982 that an independent music publishing company has won this award. Sea Gayle Music is also the parent company to the record label Sea Gayle Records.

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. [22]

In 2010, Stapleton founded a Southern rock band called The Jompson Brothers. [23] 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. [24] The band independently released a self-titled album in November 2010. [25]

In 2013, Stapleton signed to Mercury Nashville, a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, as a solo artist. [3] [4] His first single, "What Are You Listening To?", was released in October 2013, but did not perform as expected. [26] The single was part of a record that was recorded but never released. [27] 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, with Gill featured on vocals on the track. [28] Songs written by Stapleton have been included on to the soundtracks of several feature films, including Valentine's Day , [29] Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip . [30] and Hell or High Water . [31]

In 2013, Stapleton and his wife Morgane sang the Waylon Jennings song, "Amanda", live at the Grand Ole Opry. [32] They also did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in November 2015. [33]

At the 2014 CMT Artist of the Year event, Stapleton performed with Lady Antebellum, 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. [34] Stapleton had previously sung it during Bryan's 2013 CMA Awards performance of the same song. [26]

Solo studio albums

His debut solo album, Traveller , was released on May 5, 2015. [35] [36] Recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio A, Stapleton co-produced the album with producer Dave Cobb. [37] 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. [38] 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. [39]

Stapleton said that the album was inspired by a cross-country road trip he took after his father died in 2013. [40] He said he wrote the title track "Traveller" while on a road trip with his wife, driving down Interstate 40 from Phoenix, Arizona, to Nashville via New Mexico. [28] His wife helped him to sift through 15 years worth of songs to pick 9 songs to start recording with. [41]

Stapleton won three awards at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards: Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. [42] 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" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away". [43] Considered a career-defining moment by music publications, [44] [45] the performance along with his wins that night lifted him to national prominence. [46] In December 2015, Stapleton received the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout award during a live performance at the annual CMT Artists of the Year show. [47] [48] [49] Traveller was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won the categories Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. [50] It also won the Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year. [51] The top selling country album of 2016, [52] it has sold a total of 2 million copies domestically as of July 2017. [53]

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. [54] [55] He collaborated with Jake Owen on the song "If He Ain't Gonna Love You" on Owen's album American Love . [56] Stapleton performed on the main stage at the 2016 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 aired January 16, 2016, alongside host Adam Driver. He performed "Parachute" and "Nobody to Blame" from Traveller. [57]

In January 2016, Stapleton performed "Either Way", a song he wrote with Kendall Marvel and 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 . [58] The track would be featured on his second studio album From A Room: Volume 1 . Released on May 5, 2017, [59] Volume 1 takes its name from Nashville's RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016–17. [60] The same month he embarked on his All-American Road Show Tour. [61] Volume 1 was certified gold in the US the next month, eventually giving Stapleton his second CMA for Album of the Year, [62] and became the best-selling country album of the year. [63] His third studio album From A Room: Volume 2 was released on December 1, 2017. [64] Both albums Volume 1 and Volume 2 debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. [65]

Stapleton co-wrote three songs for Justin Timberlake's studio album Man of the Woods (2018), including their collaboration "Say Something", which officially reached the top ten list on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. [66] [67] 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. [68] In March, "Broken Halos" off From A Room: Volume 1 reached the top of the Country Airplay chart. [69] It earned him the accolades for Song and Single of the Year at the 52nd CMAs, while he won Male Vocalist of the Year for a fourth time. [70] Stapleton recorded a cover of "I Want Love" for Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin . [71]


Stapleton's music influences range from outlaw country and bluegrass to rock and roll and blues. [72] Editors from NPR and Paste magazine described his sound as a blend of country, classic rock and Southern soul. [73] [74] Before going solo, Stapleton led the progressive bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and the rock and roll band The Jompson Brothers. [75] His first solo album Traveller is an old-school country, Southern rock and bluegrass record, [76] [77] and his second From A Room: Volume 1 focuses on country, blues and roots rock. [78] He played the acoustic guitar and electric guitar for both albums. [79] [80]

Stapleton is a soul singer [81] 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." [5] Stapleton has cited Charles, Otis Redding and Freddie King as some of his music influences, [82] [83] along with Kentucky-based country artists, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless: "the list goes on and on. Those names are just part of life in Kentucky. You can't help but be aware of them and be influenced by them." [12]

Personal life

Stapleton is married to singer-songwriter Morgane Stapleton, who co-wrote Carrie Underwood's 2006 single "Don't Forget to Remember Me". [16] [84] [85] She had a recording deal with Arista Nashville. [86] The couple met when they were working at adjacent publishing houses. [39] They have four children and live in Nashville. [11] In October 2017, the couple announced they were expecting twins. [87] On April 15, 2018, (Stapleton's 40th birthday), host Reba McEntire announced live on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards that twin boys Macon and Samuel had been born to the Stapletons. [88] 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.


Stapleton has received numerous awards and nominations. He is the recipient of five Grammy Awards, [89] [90] seven Academy of Country Music Awards, [91] ten Country Music Association Awards, [40] [92] five Billboard Music Awards, [93] [94] two iHeartRadio Music Awards, [95] [96] among others. For his work as composer he has received nine ASCAP Country awards, including the Vanguard Award. [97]



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