Chris Stapleton’s ‘It Takes A Woman’ Is A Loving Tribute To His Wife, Morgane Stapleton

Stapleton first performed this song in 2013, according to reports.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 16, 2023


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Morgane Stapleton, Chris Stapleton; Photo by Becky Fluke, Courtesy of Instagram

Chris Stapleton dug deep into his massive collection of songs to finally unearth a tune that has been waiting in the back of the wings since at least 2013. The new tune titled “It Takes A Woman,” was released Friday (Oct 13) and serves as a sincere tribute to his wife, Morgane Stapleton.

The message of the love-filled ballad is made clear right from the start as Stapleton offers nothing but gratitude for the unended support and love provided by a woman who brings out the best version of himself. Stapleton’s beating heart grows with the soulful melody blending the sounds of country and blues as he demonstrates the impressive range of his smooth vocals that are backed by a string of delicate guitar plucks and the sound of swift drum brushes escaping through the deep bass lines. 

An Ode To His Wife, Morgane

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Andy Barron
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Andy Barron

“Whenever I’m broken / Honey, you heal me / When I’m in the dark / You are the light / When I get lost / You know right where to find me / When I have my doubts / You make me believe,” Stapleton delivers on the opening verse.

As the romantic narrative continues into the chorus, a familiar female voice appears alongside Stapleton. It becomes apparent that Morgane has joined her husband, elevating the already captivating tune with her enchanting vocals that intertwine true love into the harmonies.  

“It takes a woman / It takes a woman / A woman who sees / The best part of me / Through all that I am It takes a woman Oh, it takes a woman To be all I can To feel like a man It takes a woman,” the pair sing on the chorus. 


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After announcing the arrival of “It Takes A Woman” via social media, Stapleton’s other half took to the comment section to share her love for the romantic tune, which her husband had a hand in writing alongside Jerry Salley and Ronnie Bowman. Morgane also served as a co-producer with Dave Cobb.

“This makes me feel a way 🫠🥰,” Morgane wrote.

New Album, Higher

While “It Takes A Woman” is technically a brand new release for Stapleton, it has actually been a part of his catalog since 2013, when he first showcased the tender ode at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN. This offers a nostalgic glimpse into Stapleton’s career as was written prior to the release of his 5x Platinum debut album, Traveller.

The song is now being resurrected all these years later as the latest release from Stapleton’s upcoming album, Higher, and comes hot on the heels of two other advanced releases from the project including “Think I’m In Love With You” and his current chart-climber, “White Horse.” The 14-track project was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and is expected to drop on November 10 via Mercury Nashville.

Chris Stapleton - Higher
Chris Stapleton – Higher

Recently Postponed Concerts

Chris Stapleton is currently in the midst of performing on his All-American Road Show, however last week, he was forced to postpone three concerts due to illness. 

On Wednesday (Oct. 11), the “Tennessee Whiskey” singer shared an apology with fans, letting them know he’s been battleing “bronchitis and laryngitis” and was “unable to perform” in Corpus Christi, Texas, Houston, Texas and Lafayette, Louisiana.

“To all my friends in Corpus Christi, Houston, and Lafayette, I am very sorry to let you all know that I am unable to perform this weekend’s shows,” he wrote. ”I have bronchitis and laryngitis, and on doctor’s orders [I] am on vocal rest through the weekend in order to heal.”

In conclusion, Stapleton demonstrated gratitude towards fans and their understanding of his decision to take some time to focus on his health. 

“I’m grateful for your patience and understanding, and hope to see you all in November.”

The 15x ACM and 15x CMA Award-winner’s social media post also stated that “All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.” Those who will not be able to attend the new dates can opt for a refund by contacting their point of purchase within the next seven days.

The rescheduled dates include:

October 14 – Lafayette, LA (rescheduled date November 16)

October 12 – Corpus Christi, TX (rescheduled date November 18)

October 13 – Houston, TX (rescheduled date November 17)

Chris Stapleton’s official website revealed that the rescheduled tour dates will feature special guest Nikki Lane.

Touring Overseas

Stapleton is also scheduled to make his way to the U.K. and Ireland this month for added dates of his headlining run. Featuring support from Marty Stuart, this stint of shows begins today (Oct. 16) and includes stops at Manchester’s AO Arena, Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena and London’s The O2, and more. 

Additionally, he will return to the road with George Strait for nine stadium shows throughout 2024. The pair of country stars will be joined by Little Big Town as the opening act.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.