Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist and three-time GRAMMY nominee Chris Stapleton is an established songwriter with five No. one hits already under his belt including the five-week No. one “Never Wanted Nothing More” recorded by Kenny Chesney, “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” recorded by George Strait, and “Drink A Beer” recorded by Luke Bryan. As a writer for Sea Gayle Music Publishing, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmy Lou Harris and more.
As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three GRAMMY nominations including Best Bluegrass Album, as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Emerging Artist of the Year. He’s won six ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including “Cars 2” and “Valentine’s Day.”
Stapleton is currently working on his first solo studio album for Universal Music Group Nashville.
Chris Stapleton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (December 4th) with Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt as guest host. During the show, Pratt brought out Stapleton to sing a duet, aka “Cheesy Duet.” After spinning a wheel of several songs including “A Whole New World,” “Don’t Know Much,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” the wheel landed on “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. They did a great job, and even did the “lift” from the end of the film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
The two then talked about Stapleton’s new album, From A Room: Volume 2, as well as their newfound friendship and toast each other with some “Tennessee Whiskey.”
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Stapleton is currently climbing the country charts with his song, “Broken Halos.”
Chris Stapleton released his new album, From A Room: Volume 2, which he recorded at the same time as Volume 1, released this past May and won the CMA Album of the Year Award. The very first song he recorded for both projects is “Scarecrow in the Garden,” which he wrote with Brice Long and Matt Fleener. The tune’s subject matter is relatively dark, but the story song contains a lot of substance and imagery, according to Chris.
“Maybe it’s my inner love of bluegrass murder ballads creeping out. It’s a farming/suicide song for the most part [laughs], you know. So it’s not exactly like, it’s not happy fare at all. But it’s a fun story-song and fun’s not the right word, but for me it’s fun, you know. I love things with story and substance and I feel like lyrically and subject-matter-wise, that thing has all that to me. And I just love the imagery in that song. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I just, we had a good day that day.”
Chris, who is making his way up the country charts with “Broken Halos,” will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (December 4th).
Chris Stapleton (Scarecrow in the Garden) OC: …that day. :54
“That’s the very first thing that we recorded. That’s the one song I walked into the studio, I mean not for this record, for both of these few records, and I said, ‘I want to do this song.’ And that song has been in my catalog for a bit, and it’s been hanging around. Nobody recorded it or anything. Maybe it’s my inner love of bluegrass murder ballads creeping out. It’s a farming/suicide song for the most part [laughs], you know. So it’s not exactly like, it’s not happy fare at all. But it’s a fun story-song and fun’s not the right word, but for me it’s fun, you know. I love things with story and substance and I feel like lyrically and subject-matter-wise, that thing has all that to me. And I just love the imagery in that song. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I just, we had a good day that day.”
Chris Stapleton is making the media rounds this week. He’s scheduled to appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (December 4th) along with superfan/actor Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation, Jurassic World) and actress Margot Robbie (The Suicide Squad). Stapleton is also scheduled to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (December 6th).
OF NOTE: Pratt appeared on Popcorn with Peter Travers where he talked about how Chris Stapleton was on his own mixtape (a reference to Guardians) and sang part of “Tennessee Whiskey.” Then, Chris sent him a mixtape of his From A Room: Volume 1 along with a walkman, so he could listen to it properly. When Stapleton performed during the second of a two-night stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena earlier this year, Pratt came out wearing a jean jacket embossed with Stapleton’s image. They proceeded to sing “Tennessee Whiskey” together.
Luke Bryan will perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 12th.
Darius Rucker, as well as Dolly Parton and Brad Paisley, will honor the late Glen Campbell during ABC’s The Year in Memoriam 2017 television special airing December 18th at 10pm ET. A companion special, The Year: 2017, will air the following night (December 19th) and will highlight major events that took place over the past year. Both specials will be hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
Kacey Musgraves will join Josh Groban for the Home for the Holidays special December 19th at 8pm ET on CBS. Kelly Clarkson and Kane Brown will also appear during the one-hour show which will feature performances alongside inspirational stories of families whose lives have been changed by adoption.
Vince Gill was honored with the CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award last week at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Dierks Bentley has been booked as one of the headliners for the fourth annual Country LakeShake Festival, being held June 22nd – 24th in Chicago. He’ll be joined by Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, Tracy Lawrence, Cole Swindell and many more.