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Chris Stapleton takes the stage with his wife to perform “Amanda” live at the Grand Ole Opry.

Before Chris Stapleton became a successful solo artist, the singer-songwriter was writing No.1 hits for Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Darius Rucker; had writing credits on albums by big-time artist like Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley; and co-wrote music with legends Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, and Sheryl Crow. Now, the man behind the lyrics has taken center stage.

His first stint showcasing his singing voice came as front man for the bluegrass group The SteelDrivers. Three years and two albums later, Stapleton left to start the Southern rock band The Jompson Brothers, who toured with the Zac Brown Band in 2013.

Two bands later, Stapleton found his voice in the solo industry, releasing his debut album Traveller in 2015. The album became an instant success on the charts, earning the superstar several awards, including Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year at the CMAs; two Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance; and the No.1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. 

While the Kentucky-born Nashville-based songwriter is receiving some much-deserved and overdue success, his passion for music and family seem unsullied by stardom. Recently, Stapleton brought wife Morgane on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to perform his hit song “Amanda.” Watch this down-to-earth and effortless performance from one of our favorite country artists.

Find out more about Chris Stapleton’s music and touring schedule on his website.