Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Chris Stapleton returns with his highly-anticipated new album, Higher, a 14-track triumph that pulls together all the threads of his extraordinary musical talent.
Recorded at the legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced by a dream team comprised of Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, and Chris himself, Higher is a showcase of Stapleton’s impressive musical versatility. It’s an honest look into the soul of an artist unafraid to venture where his music leads him, all while defying the constraints of a single genre.
On the album's lead single, the hell-raising anthem "White Horse," Stapleton radiates outlaw swagger with the sheer intensity of his vocals. As the chorus races forward like a prize stallion, he challenges the growl of the guitar with his raging voice, sounding like he’s pouring every ounce of his heart and soul into the song. The result is a rollicking ride that captures the essence of his raw, unbridled musical power.
Stapleton, a multi-instrumentalist, doesn’t just command the record with his supernatural voice, but with an array of guitars as well, wielding acoustic, electric, and slide guitars like weapons. Alongside him, a stellar group of musicians adds depth and dimension to the sound. Cobb handles some acoustic guitar and eclectic guitar, J.T. Cure holds down the bass, Paul Franklin works his magic on the pedal steel, Derek Mixon keeps the rhythm on drums, while Morgane, in addition to her background vocals, adds the synthesizer and tambourine to the mix. Lee Pardini, a virtuoso on the organ and piano, rounds out the lineup.
Stapleton's career has been punctuated by a ton of accolades. His trophy cabinet holds an impressive collection, including eight Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, and 14 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. His contribution to country music was truly recognized when he was named the ACM's Artist-Songwriter of the Decade. With Higher, he continues to ascend to new heights, reaffirming his status as a true musical force.