unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock the past week, then you’ve probably seen this video of chris stapleton and justin timberlake performing at the cmas. if you haven’t seen it, then turn up your speakers and prepare to have your face melted. i can’t stop watching it. it brings a smile to my face.
i was in the audience last wednesday night. it brought the house down. it’s one of those things i won’t forget for the rest of my life. i was lucky enough to hear chris stapleton back in the early 2000s when i worked in the a&r department at sony nashville. i heard him sing through the walls and later told my boss that that was the best singing i had ever heard. my boss replied, “yeah, he’s the greatest singer i’ve ever heard too, but he doesn’t want to be an artist.”
i’m glad he changed his mind. he’s been one of nashville’s best kept secrets for a long time now. i don’t think there was a person in that room last week that wasn’t pulling for him. he’s worked his ass off and deserves every bit of success that’s coming his way. i like seeing good things happen to good people. now go buy traveller.