Chris Stapleton Earns Second Chart-Topping Single with ‘Starting Over’

Chris Stapleton raked in his second No.1 single as an artist this week with “Starting Over.” The song, which was…


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April 12, 2021


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Chris Stapleton raked in his second No.1 single as an artist this week with “Starting Over.”

The song, which was co-written by Stapleton alongside Mike Henderson, is the title track from Stapleton’s latest album. It reached the top spot on country radio’s Mediabase chart. 

The chart-topping success follows Stapleton’s first No.1, “Broken Halos,” which was also written by Stapleton and Henderson. While Stapleton has earned several No.1s as a songwriter, this marks only the second time he’s reached the top of the charts with his solo music. 

“Starting Over” finds the Grammy-winning superstar looking ahead to brighter days, pondering a new beginning. “Well, the road rolls out like a welcome mat/ To a better place than the one we’re at,” he sings on the first verse. He goes on to share that he’s ready to use this opportunity to start fresh, despite the fact that “this might not be an easy time.”

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Starting Over includes 14 tracks. The chart-topping album was completed in late February just before the lockdown began. Starting Over was produced by Stapleton’s longtime collaborator Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio). The record features Cobb on acoustic guitar, vocals and tambourine from his beloved wife Morgane, as well as his bandmates J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Mike Campbell (electric guitar), Benmont Tench (Hammond B3 organ) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel), as well as the All Voices Choir also appear on the record.

Among the album’s 14 tracks are three covers, John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life” and Guy Clark’s “Worry B Gone” and “Old Friends,” as well as 11 tracks co-written by Stapleton with several of his longtime friends and collaborators.

Stapleton is currently a six-time nominee for the upcoming 2021 ACM Awards. The superstar is set to perform during the show, airing on CBS this Sunday, April 18 at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.