Chris Stapleton Reveals His Advice For Artists Eager For A Breakthrough

By Kelly Fisher

December 29, 2023

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Chris Stapleton delivered a word of advice to any aspiring or budding artist aiming to breakthrough in the music industry. Stapleton, a powerhouse singer-songwriter hailing from Kentucky, shared his response while holding his Male Vocalist of the Year honor he accepted at the 57th annual CMA Awards on the Bridgestone Arena stage last month in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Stapleton said it “depends on what their dreams are,” but one thing is clear: take action.

“If you dream of being a musician and singing or writing songs, I think I would tell that person, ‘don’t just dream, do.’ And learn how to do the things you wanna do,” Stapleton said. “Be around people that know how to do it, and if you have dreams of being in Nashville, then you have to come to Nashville. I used to have people tell me that you must be present to win, and that’s the way Nashville works. …It takes some commitment and it takes a lot of dedication to the craft. It takes hard work, but also just loving it enough to keep doing it, regardless of what… if your reason for doing this is music (rather than just being famous), the this is a good place to do it.”

Stapleton recently released his latest full-length album, Higher, a 14-track record that includes “White Horse,” “Think I’m In Love With You,” the title track and other highlights. Stapleton is gearing up for his “All-American Road Show” in 2024, bringing along special guests Allen StoneElle KingGrace PotterLainey WilsonMarcus KingMarty StuartMiranda LambertNikki LaneSheryl CrowTedeschi Trucks BandThe War And TreatyTurnpike Troubadours, and Willie Nelson & Family.

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