Before Chris Stapleton became a popular solo artist, he wrote a number of songs for some surprising names. After moving to Nashville in , Chris Stapleton kicked off his career as a songwriter for other singers, spending his days whipping up hits for Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, and Darius Rucker. His own bands came and went along the way, including a run with left-of-center bluegrass group the SteelDrivers and one album with half-serious Southern-rockers the Jompson Brothers. Here, we take a look at some of the songs that helped get him there: 10 tracks that Stapleton wrote for others. Two weeks before Adele launched her career with 's 19 , the SteelDrivers released their own debut, filtering the texture and twang of bluegrass music through the roar of frontman Chris Stapleton's pipes. It was Adele's voice that brought the most attention to "If It Hadn't Been for Love," though, with the "Rolling in the Deep" singer releasing her own version of this murky murder ballad as a bonus track on 's It took two months for "Never Wanted Nothing More" to scale the country charts, giving Kenny Chesney the quickest-climbing Number One hit of his career. The song's storyline moves at a speedy pace, too, with the narrator buying his first car, losing his virginity and getting married within the first two verses. Joss Stone's rasp helps seal the deal, pushing Stapleton's song far away from his rootsy comfort zone.
"If It Hadn't Been for Love"
"Crash and Burn"
With numerous CMA, ACM and Grammys trophies to his name and an appeal that spans country, Americana and rock, Stapleton has made a name for himself as one of the most talented country songwriters and performers of his generation. But did you know that Stapleton has a long career in songwriting, even beyond the three albums he's released? There's a good bet that Stapleton wrote one of your favorite songs. This song was originally written and performed by Stapleton and the SteelDrivers on their debut album, but Adele brought her own larger-than-life voice to the haunting song as a bonus track on her album This twangy song was written by Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman.
Writing songs for Kenny Chesney , Blake Shelton , Miranda Lambert , George Strait and more, Chris was one of the most sought-after songwriters in town, but not only that, everybody in country music knew he could sing his ass off. The rest of the world figured that out later…. Add to Chrome.
Christopher Alvin Stapleton   born April 15, is an American singer-songwriter,   guitarist,  and record producer. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music. As of [update] , Stapleton has amassed credits writing and co-writing over songs. As a vocalist, Stapleton sang lead in two bands before he started recording as a solo artist including a bluegrass ensemble from to called The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers. After that, he released his solo debut: the critically acclaimed studio album titled Traveller , which reached number one on the US Billboard and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA. From A Room: Volume 2 was released in December Stapleton was born in a Lexington ,  Kentucky , hospital.