Monday, June 17, 2013
– Chris Stapleton debuted his country single for Mercury Nashville, What Are You Listening To?
The song has an official add date of July1 and is available for purchase across all digital platforms on July 2.
"When Mercury approached me about making a record for them, I was really flattered and humbled, but it also made me do some real soul searching about the kind of record I would want to make," said Stapleton, who had been lead singer of The SteelDrivers. "I'm really happy with the songs we've written and how the album is coming together, and I'm excited to finally release the lead single and for what 2013 has in store. My biggest wish is that people hear these songs and they are moved in some way...that they are reminded of someone they love or someone they lost or even of themselves."
With more than 170 album cuts as a songwriter and one of the most sought after session players and singers in Nashville, artists and critics are already showering praise on Stapleton even prior to single release.
In the past week, Stapleton played his first-ever solo shows at Bonnaroo and CMA Music Festival. He has also just been invited to join Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley during the fall leg of the Locked and Reloaded Tour, starting Oct. 10 in Lincoln, Neb. with more shows to be announced soon.
A native of Staffordsville, Ky. (population 2,400) and son of a coal miner, Stapleton made the move to Nashville in 2001 to learn the craft of songwriting and pursue a career in music. A decade later, he has scored four number 1 country hits with songs penned for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, and has racked up more than 170 album cuts for artists including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.