Chris Stapleton, born April 15, 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky, shattered records with the runaway success of his debut solo album Traveller in 2015. Inspired by a road trip undertaken by his late father, the album turned him into a huge star on the country scene and won him crossover success. Adele covered his song “If I Hadn't Been in Love” and other tracks were picked up by George Strait (“Love's Gonna Make It Alright”), Kenny Chesney (“Never Wanted Nothing More”), Luke Bryan (“Drink a Beer”) and Darius Rucker (“Come Back Song”). This avalanche of success followed many years of hard work since his move from his home in Kentucky to the center of country music in Nashville in 2001, taking day jobs to pay the bills while he played in local clubs and tried to get a record deal. In 2008 he formed The Steeldrivers, a bluegrass outfit that earned Grammy nominations. Stapleton left the band in 2010 and formed Southern rock band The Jompson Brothers with guitarist Greg McKee, bassist J.T. Cure and drummer Brad McNamee. The group disbanded in 2013, he concentrated on his solo career, got a deal with Mercury Records and although his first single “What Are You Listening To?” failed to make an impact, Traveller launched his solo career. With the success of the single “Nobody to Blame” Stapleton was suddenly on the fast train to superstardom. His long-awaited second album From a Room: Volume 1 was released in May 2017, again produced by Cobb, receiving a similarly ecstatic reception to Traveller. The follow-up From a Room: Volume 2 was released in December 2017. Starting Over followed in 2020.