NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will highlight the musical contributions of Chris Stapleton in his new exhibition, Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks. The opening exhibition July, 1st and crosses May 14, 2023will chronicle the journey of Stapleton’s multi-faceted musical career, from his Kentucky roots and successes as Nashville songwriter on his rise to stardom as one of the most powerful and unique voices in country music.
A dynamic singer, songwriter, and musician, Stapleton has collaborated with artists ranging from Country Music Hall of Fame member Naked Bobby and carlos santana to pop stars Justin Timberlake and P!nk. Before his resounding success in 2015 with his quadruple platinum album Travelerhe has proven his musical talent for over a decade as an in-demand songwriter in Nashville. In addition to Stapleton’s hit recordings, over 170 of his songs have been recorded by a diverse list of artists, including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Union Station, George Strait, Sheryl Raven, Thomas Rhet, Lee Ann Womack and much more.
“Chris Stapleton is a powerful and emotional singer, a prolific and poetic songwriter and a skilled and expressive guitarist,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His rise as a successful artist may have seemed instantaneous to many, but he’s been a force in country music for more than 20 years – whether he’s writing hit songs for other country artists or “he contributes to studio recordings. Throughout it all, he has maintained his own unique perspective by staying true to his authentic self and artistic vision, and he continues to open the door to country music for new new fans across generations and genres.”
Stapleton is born April 15, 1978and raised in rural, mountainous Johnson Countyin the East Kentucky. He started writing songs and playing guitar as a teenager, learning to play the instrument after taking a formal lesson. Stapleton found inspiration in a wide range of artists and musical styles, among fellow Kentucky Ricky Skaggs, the Judds and Dwight Yoakam to the soul singer Otis Reddingblues artist Freddie King and rock artists Aerosmith and Tom Small & the Heartbreakers.
The summer after graduating from high school in 1996, Stapleton moved to Nashville to participate Vanderbilt University and study biomedical engineering. Lacking passion for his studies, he returned to Kentucky after his freshman year and eventually dropped out of college altogether. He sold cars, drove an ice cream truck and worked in a pizza place while writing songs and playing in bars.
It wasn’t until Stapleton met and collaborated with Nashville songwriter Steve Leslie that he realized it was possible to pursue a career in songwriting. With encouragement from Leslie and Sea Gayle Music Publishing Executive Liz O’Sullivanhe returned to Music City in 2001 and signed with the publishing company, becoming a full-time songwriter with no aspirations of a performing career.
Gary Allen (“Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey”) and Loveless Patty (“Higher than the Wall”) were among the first to release songs written by Stapleton, in 2003, and it marked his first Billboard #1 hit as a songwriter with by Josh Turner “Your Man” in 2006. As a songwriter, Stapleton also won Billboard Songs #1 with Kenny Chesney (“I never wanted anything more”, 2007), Darius Rucker (“Comeback Song”, 2010), Luke Bryan (“Drink a beer”, 2014) and Thomas Rhet (“Crash and Burn”, 2015), as well as three of his own recordings.
Also in 2006, Stapleton joined bluegrass band the SteelDrivers as vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, contributing a live album and two studio albums before leaving the band in early 2010. Later that year , his blues-influenced rock band, the Jompson Brothers, released their first and only album. Stapleton’s voice was also sought after in the recording studio, and he sang background vocals on songs he co-wrote for several well-known country artists, including Luke Bryan, jake owen and Thomas Rhet.
Stapleton’s first solo success came in 2015 with his debut album, Traveler, which was inspired by an 11-day road trip he took after his father died. He wrote the album’s title track during the cross-country trip after picking up a 1979 Jeep Cherokee that his wife, Morgane, had bought for him in Arizona. The trip – and the album’s subsequent recording at historic RCA Studio A with co-producer Dave Cobb – marked a turning point in which Stapleton embraced his own distinct, blues-influenced style and sought artistic freedom. .
Stapleton catapulted to stardom after rousing performance with pop star Justin Timberlake at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards. He also won all three CMA awards for which he was nominated that year: Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year. After the show, Traveler peaked at No. 1 on the Country and All Genres Albums Chart Billboard 200 albums, and his recording of “Tennessee Whiskey” reached number one on BillboardThe Hot Country Songs chart from .
Stapleton soon began to headline arenas and followed Traveler with two other successful albums, In One Piece: Volume 1 and 2nd volumein 2017. In February 2018, Traveler and the two volumes of Of a bedroom occupied the first three places on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart, a feat previously only achieved by a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Garth Brooks and charlie rich. Stapleton continued that momentum with their 2020 album. restartwhich debuted at No. 1 on Billboardon the country album chart of and won two more Billboard #1 singles, “Starting Over” (2021) and “You Should Probably Leave” (2022).
Stapleton remains a top-selling recording and touring artist with his band, the Honchos, and has racked up numerous accolades, including 9 Academy of Country Music awards, 14 Country Music Association awards, and 8 Grammys. His wife, Morgane, herself an accomplished singer and songwriter, is a key member of his band and plays an important role in Stapleton’s career, including helping select songs for his albums.
Articles featured in Chris Stapleton: Since 1978 include Stapleton clothing, guitars, awards, and other personal items. Some artifact highlights include:
- Stapleton’s 1966 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard electric guitar, used while recording his song “Traveller”.
- Stapleton’s first guitar amplifier, one from the 1960s Gibson GA-8 Discoverer, which he used extensively, especially during performances in the early 2000s.
- The Pendleton flannel jacket, Dee Cee denim western shirt and Manuel leather vest worn by Stapleton on the album cover of Traveler.
- The Waffle House Golden Waffle, or “Tunie” award, which recognizes Stapleton as the most played artist on the restaurant chain’s jukeboxes in 2019.
- A LEGO model of Stapleton and his band on stage, elements of which were animated for the LEGO-themed music video for “Second One to Know” (2019).
More information about this exhibition can be found at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves and performs country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. Through exhibitions, publications, digital media and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural significance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization licensed by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is one of the largest – visited history museums in the United States. The Country Music Foundation operates the Historic RCA Studio B.®Hatching Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. The museum’s programs are supported in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
The Ram Truck brand is proud to partner with Chris Stapleton since the start of the Traveler album in 2015, working on various campaigns, including a special Ram Nation concert for students at his former high school in his hometown of Paintsville, Ky., through to the current multi-year campaign anchored by Stapleton’s personalized rendition of “I’m a Ram.” The Ram Truck brand is dedicated to celebrating and supporting hard-working musicians who exemplify the values of courage, integrity and hard work, with a full lineup of trucks from the Ram 1500 to the 2500/3500 Heavy Duty and Ram ProMaster who get the hard work done and the music fans where they need to go.
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SOURCE Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum