Chris Stapleton may be one of the more accomplished artists to come out of Nashville that you’ve never heard of. As a songwriter, he has written over 170 songs that have been cut on albums, including smash singles such as “Never Wanted Nothing More” for Kenny Chesney, “Come Back Song” for Darius Rucker, and “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” for George Strait. He spent three years as the lead singer of the Bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, and in 2010 formed a rock band that he fronted called the Jompson Brothers.
Stapleton recently signed to Mercury Nashville as a solo country artist, and will be debuting his new single, “What Are You Listening To” on July 1st to country radio. The buzz around him out of Nashville is growing, and he is definitely someone worth keeping an eye on. In fact, they are expecting such big things out of him that he has been added to some dates of the Dierks Bentely/Miranda Lambert tour!
“When Mercury approached me about making a record for them, I was really flattered and humbled, but it also made me do some real soul searching about the kind of record I would want to make,” said Stapleton. “I’m really happy with the songs we’ve written and how the album is coming together, and I’m excited to finally release the lead single and for what 2013 has in store. My biggest wish is that people hear these songs and they are moved in some way…that they are reminded of someone they love or someone they lost or even of themselves.”
Check out this behind-the-scenes look at his debut single!