During the 2015 CMA Awards on November 4, singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton swept the show, winning all three awards that he was nominated for. Not only did he dominate by winning awards, he absolutely blew the crowd away with his performances with Justin Timberlake. It was a great night for Stapleton and everyone loved him, but it begged the question, “Who is Chris Stapleton?” That’s right, millions of country music fans watching the show had no idea who he was before the night and, while they may not have heard of him, they have definitely heard from him. Now that it is abundantly clear that Stapleton is a name to watch out for in the country music world, check out 7 things you should know about the 37-year-old Kentucky native.
7. Adored By Fellow Artists
Fans of the genre may not have been completely aware of Chris Stapleton before the 2015 CMAs, but fellow musicians and singers have been singing his praises for a while. Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley once said Stapleton is “one of the best singers in the entire universe.” Meanwhile, Luke Bryan also said he is a “miraculous singer.” The recognition goes beyond country music as well; Adele included a cover of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” on the deluxe edition of her album 21, and that song was first put out by Stapleton’s bluegrass band The SteelDrivers in 2008.Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX Shutterstock