Chris Stapleton

With his sweet, gravelly croon, singer Chris Stapleton became a mainstay of the country music scene with the release of his 2015 solo debut iTraveller/i. His ascent to stardom however, was far from quick. Born in ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1978 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

2016 CMT Music Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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51st Academy of Country Music Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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CMA Music Festival 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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CMT Artists of the Year 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

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Saturday Night Live 2016 (Tv Show)

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The 49th Annual CMA Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 (Tv Show)

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Music (5)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 2015 (Movie)

("South Side") (Song)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Late Show With David Letterman 2015 (Tv Show)

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Country Strong 2010 (Movie)

("Talk Is Cheap") (Song)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

"Keep On Lovin' You" (Song)

Biography

With his sweet, gravelly croon, singer Chris Stapleton became a mainstay of the country music scene with the release of his 2015 solo debut <i>Traveller</i>. His ascent to stardom however, was far from quick. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Stapleton's brother, father, and both of his grandfathers were coal miners. He left home for a year in 1996 to study engineering at Vanderbilt University, but found that college life wasn't great fit, and returned home afterwards. He began playing music in the local scene, eventually forming a relationship with Nashville songwriter Steve Leslie. In 2001, Stapleton packed up and moved to Nashville himself in the hopes of fostering a successful music career. Several years of toiling away behind the scenes in the music industry would follow, with Stapleton eventually joining the band The SteelDrivers in 2008. The group would be nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the songs "Blue Side of the Mountain" and "Where Rainbows Never Die," but Stapleton's tenure with them ended in 2010, when he formed the band The Jompson Brothers. Then in 2013, Stapleton was signed to Mercury Nashville as a solo artist. In 2015, he released his debut, and began making notable appearances on TV shows like "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993-2015) and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (NBC, 2014-).

EDUCATION

Vanderbilt University

1996 - 1997

Milestones

2015

Released his debut solo album, <i>Traveller</i>.

2013

Performed the Don Williams song, "Amanda," at the Grand Ole Opry with his wife Morgane.

2010

Founded the Southern rock band The Jompson Brothers.

2009

Won an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year."

2008

Sang lead vocals with the band The SteelDrivers.

Bonus Trivia

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Brother, father, and both grandathers are coal miners.

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Began collaborating with songwriter Steve Leslie while still living in Kentucky.

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Relocated from Lexington, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee in 2001 to pursue a recording career.

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Worked as a songwriter for 15 years before landing a recording contract as a solo artist.

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Frequently performed live with his wife Morgane Stapleton providing harmonies and backing vocals.

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A duet with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA Awards marked Stapleton's mainstream debut.

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