After branching out as a solo artist, Chris Stapleton set Nashville on fire with his debut studio album Traveller in 2015. The record took him straight to the top and the singer-songwriter won the 2015 Country Music Association Award for Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. He also won Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
His second studio album, From A Room: Volume 1, was released on May 5, 2017, and will be followed by From A Room: Volume 2 on December 1st.
Learn more about the 39-year-old country music phenom below!
1) The Kentucky native has penned six country number-one songs recorded by other artists, including Kenny Chesney‘s five-week number one “Never Wanted Nothing More,” George Strait‘s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” and Darius Rucker‘s “Come Back Song.”
2) Chris Stapleton can also count major pop stars Justin Timberlake, Adele, and Joss Stone among his fans. Adele even recorded Chris’ former band The SteelDrivers’ song “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” as a bonus track on her hit album 21.
3) His wife and talented muse Morgane had the words, “You Are My Sunshine,” secretly engraved inside his wedding ring. The pair often perform the beloved folk song together— enjoy a live performance below.
3) He and Morgane have a son and a daughter together. The pair live and work with their two children in Nashville, Tennessee when they are not on tour.
4) Whiskey is a key element in many of Stapleton’s songs. For example, “Whiskey and You,” “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey,” and “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives,” just to pinpoint a few.
5) Before music called him away, Stapleton used to work at Papa John’s Pizza. He hung onto his employee badge as a way to remember his humble start.
6) When he first came to Nashville, Chris was a clean-cut kid. Check him out on the far right…
7) Before choosing music as a career, Stapleton studied engineering at Vanderbilt University. He dropped out after a year.
9) He played all the parts on his debut Traveller album— the electric guitar, mandolin, and acoustic guitar.
10) If he would have followed family tradition, he would have become a Kentucky coal miner.
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