Chris Stapleton is that veritable triple threat in music: a gifted singer, skilled guitarist, and prolific songwriter. People have likely heard a Chris Stapleton song without knowing he wrote it. For instance, some of your favorite Ed Sheeran, Adele, and Carlos Santana songs.
The legendary artist has written and co-written more than 170 songs so far. And his influences extend beyond the realm of one genre – from traditional country to mainstream pop and rock. Stapleton has won numerous awards – including ten CMA awards and five Grammys.
Miranda Lambert Now
Lambert has been unstoppable since she debuted as a contestant on Nashville Star in 2003. Audiences love her diverse songwriting repertoire – from musings about domestic life to epic revenge fantasies.
The singer has released ten studio albums – some as a solo artist and others with her band, the Pistol Annies. Lambert has also released one video album and an EP. She received several Grammy awards and was the first woman to win two back-to-back Album of the Year awards from the Country Music Association Awards.
Chris Stapleton Then
Chris Stapleton was born and raised in Kentucky but moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The talented musician secured a songwriting contract with Sea Gayle Music in 2001, soon after moving to Nashville. He spent his days writing hits for country music greats such as Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney.
By 2015, his brilliant duet with Justin Timberlake at the CMA awards took his solo career to meteoric heights. That same year, Stapleton released his debut solo album, “Traveller,” which reached No.1 on the Billboard 200.
Luke Combs Then
Luke Combs was a gifted child who even performed at Carnegie Hall. While at college, he auditioned for “The Voice” in the hopes of securing a record deal but never made it to the live shows. Combs moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time.
In 2014, the young star made waves with his EPs “The Way She Rides” and “Can I Get An Outlaw.” He signed with Sony Nashville and released his debut single, “Hurricane,” in 2017 – and with that, Luke Combs had well and truly arrived.
Luke Combs Now
For someone relatively new to the country music scene, Luke Combs has already had some big wins. He enjoys making music that does not fit a specific genre. Combs's second debut album, “What You See Is What You Get (2018,) made it to No. 1 on the U.S. Country chart.
He’s won two Grammy Award nominations, six CMA awards, and two iHeart Radio music awards, and became a Grand Ole Opry inductee in 2019. In 2021, Combs won the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award by the Country Music Association.