Chris Stapleton is an established American singer-songwriter with 15 years of experience in the music industry. Throughout his career, he has earned respect in the form of top-notch hits, Grammy award nominations and feature film contributions. For that reason, music industry professionals value him and believe that he’s the latent icon of the 21st century, as he didn’t only earn fame and respect for himself, but also put numerous artists on the pedestal.
Chris Stapleton was raised in Lexington (Kentucky) but he started his career in Nashville (Tennessee) in 2001, and became one of the most talented and most beloved songwriters in no time. Because of his innate talents, he was instantly well-connected and well-liked within the Nashville circles of music, and received the attention of professionals of that time, which facilitated him in landing his first gig as a staff songwriter. That single gig turned his name into a brand name and assisted him in standing in the lines of elite songwriters; his unbounded enthusiasm and perseverance utterly impressed the movers and shakers of the music industry. Until now, he has written more than 180 songs for hundreds of artists, including Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Adele among others.
Universal Music Group Nashville signed him almost in the beginning of his career, and first-class songwriters, such as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow, worked with him as team members too. Chris Stapleton was working as a pro songwriter for “Sea Gayle Music” an independent music publishing company based in Tennessee and named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year.
‘‘When he first began his songwriting journey, Stapleton believed his musical talent resided in his ability to construct stories through lyrics, however, there was something else waiting to be discovered: a voice. In 2008, Stapleton started singing for bluegrass group the SteelDrivers. The band racked up three Grammy Awards until 2010 when Stapleton left the band to focus on his family and eventually break out with a solo career.’’ Charleston City Paper relates.
According to Stapleton, “I like songwriting, but I also really love playing and performing for people — that’s the bottom line. If we play well enough and the crowd is drawn to it, things like record sales will take care of themselves.” He didn’t just say that; he showed that too.
The musician – who is reputed, to be economical with his words, a sharp contrast to the volume of music he's written over the years - released his anticipated album “TRAVELLER”. It is his first release as a solo artist, with 14 tracks. Chris Stapleton believes that every single track of his album represents moments of his life, or someone he knows. “You try to find universal themes that are interesting – always be observing people, and use those things to the best of your ability.”
His album is one of the most positively received country collections in recent times; his tracks are said to be different than what is played on mainstream radio these days. Besides, fans’ support is a promising sign that they want to hear him more. “TRAVELLER” was also announced to be nominated for three honors at the 49th Annual CMA awards (Country Music Association Awards), including “Album of the Year.”
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