Chris Stapleton / Marty Stuart / Brent Cobb

Chris Stapleton performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival Day in Las Vegas.

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Two years ago, Chris Stapleton went from quiet critical favorite to award-winning A-list star, thanks to a surprising, trophy-filled night at the 2015 CMA Awards. Since then, his stellar major-label debut album, Traveller, has sold millions and his follow-up, From A Room: Volume I, has already been certified gold, making the 39-year-old Kentucky native one of the grandest success stories across music, let alone in the country realm. It’s a well-earned success because his songs burst with truth and soul. They don’t bend to meet the typically low standards for mainstream success. Stapleton’s time has arrived, and he’ll be here for a while.

The May 5 release of Chris Stapleton's Volume 1 comes exactly two years to the day since the release of Traveller. Released to immediate widespread critical acclaim, the album had one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. Following a historic turn on the 49th Annual CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards – Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. The critically acclaimed album went on to win multiple Grammy and ACM Awards and was the #1 selling Country album of 2016 and the fourth-highest selling album of 2016 across all genres. Information via Live Nation

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