Chris Stapleton is one of those singers who have been able to capture and conquer different genres of music successfully. While he is more of a country singer, he has also made blues, rock, and country rock among others. Having started his professional musical career in 2001, he has since then worked as a solo musician and a member of groups such as The Steeldrivers and The Jompson Brothers which he founded in 2010.
Chris Stapleton’s Biography
The singer and record producer was born Christopher Alvin Stapleton on April 15, 1978, in the United States, Lexington, Kentucky. He was brought up in a family of coal miners alongside his siblings, Herbert Joseph III, and Melanie Brooke. While his father, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Jr. was a coal miner, his mother Carol J. (Mace) Stapleton was a local health department worker.
Raised in Staffordsville, Kentucky, Chris was quite athletic as a child and he played football when he was in Johnson Central High School. After he graduated from high school, he proceeded to Vanderbilt University with the intention to study and become an engineer but one year after he began, he dropped out and headed back home where he took to several odd jobs while also working on continuing his education.
He found himself in a communal living situation after he left college in 1997 with four others. It was there that he first came in contact with bluegrass which they played at night.
In 2001, the richly bearded singer moved to Nashville, Tennessee to start his musical career. Only four days after the move, Chris landed himself a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music and soon afterward, he started writing for big names across genres including people like Tim McGraw, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. In 2011, he wrote “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” for Adele. The song appeared as a bonus track in her 21 album.
In 2007, Chris Stapleton joined the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, becoming its frontman. He did not stay with the band for a long time as by 2010, he was already out. In the same year, gave more time to The Jompson Brothers a Southern rock band which he was a part of with others such as Greg McKee, J.T. Cure, and Bard McNamee. With the band, he released the album, The Jompson Brothers in 2010.
It was finally in 2013 that Stapleton started singing as a solo artist after he was signed by Universal Music Group Nashville (Mercury Nashville). His first single which was released in that same year, “What Are You Listening To?” did not perform well but with the release of his debut album Traveller in 2015, it became clear he was a big force. He won New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards thanks to the album.
His next albums, From A Room: Volume 1 (2017) and From A Room: Volume 2 (2017) have also been very successful. Thus far, he has won many awards including 4 Grammy Awards and has been nominated for three more ahead of the 2019 Grammy Awards.
A singer-songwriter and a music producer, Chris Stapleton has come a long way since he hit the music scene in 2001. For all he has done, he has a net worth that has been estimated at $12 million to show. Most of his fortune has been made from his work as a singer and songwriter who has worked with some of the best country singers in the world.
Wife – Morgane Stapleton and Family
If you are wondering, Stapleton is a family man. He met the woman who would later be his wife, Morgane Hayes in 2003. At the time, the two lived in adjacent buildings and both worked as songwriters. Not too long after they met, Chris asked Morgane is she was interested in working on a song together. That became their first date which ended with very little written.
Four years after they first met, Chris Stapleton and Hayes tied the knot in 2007. Not only have they remained close since then, but their union has also been blessed with four children including a set of twin boys Macon and Samuel who were born in 2018. The family now lives in Nashville.
Just like her husband, Morgan Stapleton who was born in 1983 is also a singer-songwriter and she has performed alongside her husband, taking part in duets and other background performance. As a result of this, the entire family is always touring together.