Genre: Country, Americana
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Discography: Traveller (2016)
Record Label: Mercury Nasville
For our next showcase artist we travel all the way to Nashville the home of multi-award winning great rock, bluegrass and country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton. Chris is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. 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, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and he has several notable co-writers including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.
Chris 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.
Chris left The SteelDrivers in April 2010 and founded a rock band called The Jompson Brothers. In 2013, Chris signed to Mercury Nashville as a solo artist. 2016 has been a great year of Chris winning multiple awards at the AMA's and CMA's and stealing the show at the recent C2C festival in London.