Chris Stapleton – 22 Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know
Once you hear Chris Stapleton sing any song, you can’t remember anyone else’s version of that song. In fact many of the songs released by top artists have been written by Chris, who first came to the attention of the public as a member of the bluegrass band “The Steeldrivers”. What many people don’t know is that by the time he started performing with “The Steeldrivers” Chris had already written many hit songs.
To find out more about this award winning Country music singer/songwriter and musician, keep reading. As we present our 22 Impressive facts about Chris Stapleton.
He Wrote Adele’s Hit Song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love”
“If It Hadn’t Been For Love” was written by Chris Stapleton and performed by “The Steeldrivers” long before Adele released it as a bonus track on her hit album “21”.
He Co-Wrote 3 Songs For Justin Timberlake
For Justin Timberlake’s album “Man Of The Woods”, Chris co-wrote 3 songs including their collaboration “Say Something” which achieved top 10 status on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
He Appeared In The HBO Series “Game Of Thrones”
Chris appeared in the “Game Of Thrones” season 8 episode “The Long Night” as an extra. The episode was first shown on April 28th 2019.
He Appeared On Taylor Swift’s Album “Red (Taylor’s version)”
Chris was featured on the track “I Bet You Think About Me” on Taylor Swift’s second re-recorded album “Red (Taylor’s Version)”.
He Performed “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care” With John Mayer
Chris was invited onstage at a John Mayer concert to perform the song “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care” that they had written together.
He Has Written 6 Country Number One Songs
Chris has written 6 country songs for other artists that have been number one in the charts, these include;”Never Wanted Nothing More” (Kenny Chesney), “Come Back Song” (Darius Rucker) and “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” (George Strait).
He Keeps His Family Life Private
We know Chris and Morgane have 5 children, but they are never in the spotlight, as Chris said, “I signed up for this. My children did not. I am a very private person, and in that respect, I keep my children out of it. They’re children, and they deserve the chance to be children.”
He Writes Lots Of Songs Featuring Whiskey
The word whiskey comes up a lot in Chris’s songs, here are 3 as an example; “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives”, “Whiskey and You” and “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey”.
He Wrote The Title Track Of His Album “Traveller” While On A Road Trip
Chris and his wife Morgane were travelling cross-country following the death of his father in 2013 when he wrote the song “Traveller” that became the title track for his debut album which was released on May 5th 2015.
His Debut Album “Traveller” Won 2 Grammy Awards
Chris’s debut album “Traveller” won Grammy Awards for “best Country Album” and “Best Country Solo Performance” as well as being the best selling country album of 2016.
He Used To Work At Papa John’s Pizza
Before he became a country star, Chris used to work at Papa John’s Pizza and he kept his employee name badge to remind him of his humble start. He said “Every time I open my medicine cabinet, I see it as a reminder that I worked a lot of different things to be doing what I’m doing now”.
Het Met His Wife When They Were Both Songwriting
Chris and his now wife Morgane, worked in adjacent songwriting publishing houses. Morgane co-wrote Carrie Underwood’s single “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” which was released in 2006.
He Is The Father Of 5 Children
Chris and Morgane got married in 2007 and now have 5 children including one set of twins.
He Wrote A Song About The Family Dog
Chris wrote the song “Maggie’s Song” about their dog, Maggie; the song was a track on his 2020 album “Starting Over”. Chris said “I wrote “Maggie’s Song” the day after our dog, Maggie, passed away. We had her for 14 years and I miss her quite a bit. I’m not really a dog person, either, that’s worth saying. But I loved that dog for sure. Every word of that song is just a true thing”.
He Studied Engineering At Vanderbilt University
Chris studied engineering at Vanderbilt university for a year before dropping out to pursue a career in music.
He Was Destined To Be A Coal Miner
If Chris had stayed in his hometown of Staffordsville, Kentucky, he would have probably followed his family tradition and become a coal miner like his father and other family members.
He Got A Job As A Songwriter In Just 4 Days Of Arriving In Nashville
Chris moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2001 and within 4 days he had signed with the publishing house Sea Gayle Music, as a songwriter.
He Became The Frontman Of The Steeldrivers
In 2007 Chris became the frontman of the bluegrass band “The Steeldrivers” who released 2 albums which both made number 2 on the Bluegrass charts.
He Formed The Jompson Brothers Band
In 2010 Chris formed “The Jompson Brothers”, a Southern rock band along with Greg McKee on guitar, J.T.Cure on bass and Bard McNamee on drums. They released a self-titled album that same year and toured until 2013 at one point opening for the Zac Brown Band.
He Has The Words “You Are My Sunshine” Engraved On His Wedding Ring
Chris’s wife Morgane had the words “You Are My Sunshine” engraved inside his wedding ring secretly before they wed in 2007. Chris often plays the song in his concerts.
He’s Never Forgotten His Roots
Chris went back to his high school, the Johnson Central High School in Kentucky in 2016 where he performed for staff and students and donated $57,000 worth of musical instruments as part of the Academy Of Country Music Lifting Lives Program.
He Is One Of Three Children
Chris has an older brother, Herbert Joseph III and a younger sister, Melanie Brooke.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before becoming a country music star, Chris Stapleton used to work at Papa John’s Pizza and he still keeps his employee badge to remind himself of where he came from.
The song that Chris Stapleton wrote that Adele sang was “If It Hadn’t Been For Love”. Chris wrote that song when he was still with the Steeldrivers. Adele sang it as a bonus track on her album “21”.
Chris and Morgane Stapleton have 5 children.
When he was at Vanderbilt university, Chris Stapleton studied engineering, but he dropped out after the first year to concentrate on his music career.
Chris Stapleton’s family were coal miners traditionally.
The Stapleton family dog was called Maggie, Chris wrote the song “Maggie’s Song” about his dog. The track appeared on his 2020 album “Starting Over”
Chris Stapleton fronted the bluegrass band “The Steeldrivers” from 2008 to 2010, he then formed the Southern rock band “The Jompson Brothers” in 2010 before turning into a solo artist in 2015.
Chris Stapleton was born in Lexington, Kentucky on April 15th 1978.
Chris Stapleton was in a Southern rock band called “The Jompson Brothers”. They were formed in 2010 after Chris left “The Steeldrivers”, the bluegrass band he fronted.
Chris Stapleton’s debut solo album which was released on May 5th 2015 was called “Traveller”.
Chris Stapleton has 2 siblings, an older brother, Herbert Joseph III and a younger sister, Melanie Brooke.
At the Grand Ole Opry in 2013, Chris and Morgane Stapleton sang the Waylon Jennings song “Amanda”.
Chris Stapleton appeared as an extra in the hit TV series “Game Of Thrones” in an episode entitled “The Long Night” which was first aired on April 28th 2019.
Chris Stapleton appeared on Taylor Swift’s track “I Bet You Think About Me” which was included on the album “Red (Taylor’s Version)”.
The alcoholic beverage that features in a number of Chris Stapleton songs is whiskey. “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives”, “Whiskey and You” and “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey” are just 3 examples.
Chris and Morgane married in 2007.
When they’re not on tour, the Stapletons live in Nashville Tennessee.
Morgane had the words “You Are My Sunshine” inscribed secretly inside Chris’s wedding ring. They often sing that song together on stage.
Chris and Morgane were both working at different publishing houses songwriting when they first met.
The song Chris sings the line “But you rescued me from reaching for the bottom, and brought me back from being too far gone” is called “Tennessee Whiskey”.
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