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Just one week after its release, Chris Stapleton’s new Starting Over album topped the Billboard Country Album’s chart and is number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

While many artists go into each album with a new theme and vibe for each record, that’s not necessarily the case with Chris. He told us, “I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme. I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them.”

He adds, “Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.”

Chris Stapleton – 40 Top Songs