Chanteur Country US né le 15 Avril 1978 à Staffordsville (Kentucky).

Chris Stapleton appeared to be one of those storybook overnight sensations: a troubadour who came out of nowhere to become a major star in the autumn of 2015 on the strength of his debut album Traveller. Like most overnight sensations, Stapleton had a long, hard road behind him. He had been laboring behind in the scenes in Nashville for years, leading the progressive bluegrass group the SteelDrivers and working as a professional songwriter, scoring hits with George Strait ("Love's Gonna Make It Alright"), Kenny Chesney ("Never Wanted Nothing More"), Luke Bryan ("Drink a Beer"), and Darius Rucker ("Come Back Song"). These tunes just scratched the surface of Stapleton's résumé: Brad PaisleyLuke BryanDierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw all recorded his songs, as did Adele, who cut "If It Hadn't Been for Love" as a bonus track for her 2011 smash 21. All these covers signaled a deep reservoir of goodwill within the industry for the songwriter, and this goodwill bubbled to the surface in the fall of 2015, when he took home three major awards at the Country Music Association Awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. All these awards boosted his visibility, leading to four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, and his first major hit, "Nobody to Blame."
It was success that was a long time coming. A native of Kentucky -- he was born in Lexington and raised in the smaller Staffordsville -- he moved to Nashville in 2001 in hopes of making it in country music. He signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music and started to work steadily, writing songs and paying bills through various jobs, and playing music all the while. In 2008, he formed the SteelDrivers, a bluegrass group that received quite a bit of acclaim over the next two years. In 2009, the group was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the following year they received three Grammy nominations, including Best Bluegrass Album, for Reckless. Despite this success, Stapleton left the group in April 2010 and formed the Jompson Brothers with guitarist Greg McKee, bassist J.T. Cure, and drummer Brad McNamee. By 2013, the southern rock band was no more, and Stapleton signed with Mercury Nashville, releasing "What Are You Listening To?" in October of that year. The single didn't go anywhere, so its accompanying album was scrapped, and he recorded a new record with co-producer Dave Cobb. This is the album that became Traveller, his solo debut.
Traveller appeared in May 2015 to strong reviews but it didn't do much on country radio; in fact, it was overshadowed by the chart-topping "Crash and Burn," a song Stapleton wrote with Jesse Frasure that was turned into a hit by Thomas Rhett. Nevertheless, its warm reception by critics and peers meant that it racked up a number of CMA nominations and, in a surprise to most observers, it took home three awards that December: Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. Suddenly, Stapleton was a hot property, receiving four Grammy nominations a few weeks after the CMAs, and soon, all that acclaim turned into sales, with Traveller reaching number one on the U.S. country charts and receiving a gold certification from the RIAA, while "Nobody to Blame" became his first country radio hit. "Parachute" charted even higher later in 2016, and Stapleton spent the rest of that year working on his second album with producer Dave Cobb. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, From A Room was divided into two parts, with the first arriving in May 2017 and the second following later that year. From a Room: Vol. 1 wound up snagging the CMA for Album of the Year prior to the November release of From a Room: Vol. 2. It then won the Grammy for Best Country Album the following spring. Over the next few years, Stapleton remained active in various collaborative projects, co-writing a handful of songs for Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods album, guesting alongside Bruno Mars on Ed Sheeran's song "Blow," and even appearing as an extra on an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Stapleton returned in 2020 with Starting Over, an album featuring Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The title track preceded the album's November release.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Contemporary Country, Traditional Country, Country Rock  

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10 20


Singles & EP

2013 CD Mercury MRNR-02943-2 (US) (promo)

What Are You Listening To / I Didn't Know It At The Time / The Right Ones

04/2015 EP 10" 33 t. Mercury B0022746-01 (US) (limited edition)

When The Stars Come Out / Fire Away / Tennessee Whiskey

04/2015 CD Decca ? (UK) (promo)

Tennessee Whiskey (radio edit)

2015 CD Decca ? (UK) (promo) Traveller
06/2017 CD Decca ? (UK) (promo) Broken Halos
2018 CD RCA / SONY ? (EUR)

Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton - Say Something

11/2022 SP Mercury B0034907-21 (US)

I'm A Ram / I'm A Ram (alternate live version)



05/2015 CD Mercury 001940502 (US) Traveller - Traveller / Fire Away / Tennessee Whiskey / Parachute / Whiskey And You / Nobody To Blame / More Of You / When The Stars Come Out / Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore / Might As Well Get Stoned / Was It 26 / The Devil Named Music / Outlaw State Of Mind / Sometimes I Cry
05/2017 CD Decca / Mercury 5742069 (US)

From a Room - Vol. 1 - Broken Halos / Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning / Second One To Know / Up To No Good Livin' / Either Way / I Was Wrong / Without Your Love / Them Stems / Death Row

12/2017 CD Decca / Mercury 5797059 (US) From a Room - Vol. 2 - Millionaire / Hard Livin' / Scarecrow In The Garden / Nobody's Lonely Tonight / Tryin' To Untangle My Mind / A Simple Song / Midnight Train To Memphis / Drunkard's Prayer / Friendship
11/2020 CD Decca / Mercury 3503003 (US)

Starting Over - Starting Over / Devil Always Made Me Think Twice / Cold / When I'm With You / Arkansas / Joy Of My Life / Hillbilly Blood / Maggie's Song / Whiskey Sunrise / Worry B Gone / Old Friends / Watch You Burn / You Should Probably Leave / Nashville, TN

11/2022 2 LP 12" Mercury B0035759-01 (US) (limited edition)

From A Room - Volume 1 & 2 :
DISC 1 : Broken Halos / Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning / Second One To Know / Up To No Good Livin' / Either Way / I Was Wrong / Without Your Love / Them Stems / Death Row
DISC 2 : Millionaire / Hard Livin' / Scarecrow In The Garden / Nobody's Lonely Tonight / Tryin' To Untangle My Mind / A Simple Song / Midnight Train To Memphis / Drunkard's Prayer / Friendship

11/2023 CD Mercury B0038654-02 (US)

higher - What Am I Gonna Do / South Dakota / Trust / It Takes A Woman / The Fire / Think Im In Love With You / Loving You On My Mind / White Horse / Higher / The Bottom / The Day I Die / Crosswind / Weight Of Your World / Mountains Of My Mind

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