Chris Stapleton

Biography

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 Paisley, Luke Bryan, Dierks 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.

Birth Date: April 15, 1978

Origin: Staffordsville, KY

Genre: Country 

Years Active: '00s, '10s

    Albums

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    Concerts

    18

    Budweiser Gardens

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Start: Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 18, 2017

    London, ON

    Artists: Chris Stapleton


    19

    Canadian Tire Centre

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 26, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Kanata, ON

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lindi Ortega


    22

    MTS Centre

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 26, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Winnipeg, MB

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lindi Ortega


    24

    Scotiabank Saddledome

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 26, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017

    Calgary, AB

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lindi Ortega


    25

    Northlands Coliseum (formerly known as Rexall Place)

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 26, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Edmonton, AB

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lindi Ortega


    27

    Rogers Arena

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, August 26, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 27, 2017

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lindi Ortega


    28

    KeyArena

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 28, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    Artists: Chris Stapleton


    30

    Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 13, 2017

    Ends: Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Las Vegas, NV

    Artists: Chris Stapleton


    6

    Columbus Civic Center

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 18, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Columbus, GA

    Artists: Chris Stapleton


    20

    Berglund Center

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Start: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Roanoke, VA

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb


    21

    Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 21, 2017

    Pikeville, KY

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb


    22

    Eastern Kentucky Expo Center

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Pikeville, KY

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb


    27

    Mizzou Arena

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Columbia, MO

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lucie Silvas


    28

    Show Me Center

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 28, 2017

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lucie Silvas


    29

    US Cellular Coliseum

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Bloomington, IL

    Artists: Chris Stapleton and Lucie Silvas


    29

    Wrigley Field

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Chris Stapleton


    5

    Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Milwaukee, WI

    Artists: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Chris Stapleton


    6

    Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Milwaukee, WI

    Artists: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Chris Stapleton


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