Chris Stapleton

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Chris Stapleton
Birth name Christopher Alvin Stapleton[1]
Born 15 April 1978
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country, bluegrass, Southern rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active Early 2000s–present
Labels Mercury Nashville
Associated acts The SteelDrivers, The Jompson Brothers

Christopher Alvin "Chris" Stapleton (born April 15, 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American country, bluegrass musician signed to Universal Music Group Nashville. He is an established songwriter. with four number one songs including the 5-week number one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, “Love's Gonna Make It Alright” recorded by George Strait and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker. As a writer for Sea Gayle Music, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and he has several notable co-writers including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.

Life and career[edit]

Stapleton was born in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, but raised in Paintsville, Kentucky. His father was a coal miner. Stapleton moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2001 to focus on songwriting and pursue a music career.[2]

Stapleton was the lead singer and guitarist of the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers in 2008–2010, and was nominated for three Grammy Awards as a member of the band, including Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the songs "Blue Side of the Mountain" and "Where Rainbows Never Die", and Best Bluegrass Album for Reckless. He won an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year." Stapleton has also won six ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films, including Cars 2 and Valentine’s Day.

Stapleton left The SteelDrivers in April 2010[3] and founded a rock band called The Jompson Brothers.[4] In 2013, Stapleton signed to Mercury Nashville as a solo artist. His first single, "What Are You Listening To", was released on July 1, 2013. His debut solo album, Traveller, was released on May 5, 2015.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Traveller 2 14
  • US: 74,800[6]


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country Airplay
2013 "What Are You Listening To" 46 N/A
2015 "Traveller" Traveller
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2015 "Tennessee Whiskey" 46 Traveller


  1. ^ Stapleton, Christopher Alvin. "Songwriter/Composer: STAPLETON CHRISTOPHER ALVIN". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Paintsville, Ky. native Chris Stapleton performing on CMA Awards tonight". The Herald-Dispatch. November 6, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chris Stapleton leaves The SteelDrivers". Country Standard Time. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Schlansky, Evan (11 August 2010). "Zac Brown Band Pick Jompson Brothers For Sailing Southern Ground Cruise". American Songwriter. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Hudak, Joseph (January 23, 2015). "Hit Songwriter Chris Stapleton Announces Debut Solo Album 'Traveller'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 24, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report for August 24, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here