It’s been two years since Chris Stapleton became a household name courtesy of his dueling performance with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards in November 2015.
Since that time, Chris’ debut solo album, Traveller, has sold more than 2 million copies and been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
CMA Awards, ACM Awards and Grammys followed. The spotlight shone bright on the perpetually reserved Kentucky native.
When Chris dropped his sophomore album, From A Room: Vol. 1, in May 2017, expectations were high.
The album delivered, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and selling more than 500,000 copies. The record won the 2017 CMA Award for Album of the Year and earned a Grammy nomination for Best County Album (the winner will be announced on Jan. 28).
As Chris gears up to release From A Room: Vol. 2 on Dec. 1, the reticent star sat down with Nash Country Daily to talk about his life in the spotlight over the last two years.
“The good far outweighs any negative,” says Chris. “There’s a slight loss of privacy that comes with it, but you also get to do great things. You get the opportunity to do charitable things and help people—like really help people—not just with a song. Those things far outweigh any kind of negativity that may come from [fame]. It’s a trade-off. But I think most people would trade it if they knew you got to do some really great things with it.”
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