What Are You Listening To

Album: Single release only (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • Best known as a songwriter who has penned #1 country hits for the likes of George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, Chris Stapleton has already had a diverse singing career. It includes stints as lead vocalist for bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and lead vocalist in the rock and roll outfit The Jompson Brothers. This is his debut single as a solo artist.
  • Stapleton wrote the cut with Lee Thomas Miller, whose other credits include Jamey Johnson's "In Color" and Tim McGraw's "Southern Girl." "We talked about the concept of it, and how people might listen to music, and how it affects people in different ways," Stapleton told Radio.com. "We got this notion of a breakup song, thinking about what somebody else is listening to and how music affects the moods of people, or how it reflects the moods of people. That's where the song came from. It wasn't necessarily a notion that I'd heard before in a song."
  • Chris Stapleton released the song as the lead single for his planned debut album with Mercury Nashville. After "What Are You Listening" tanked, the record didn't get released. Stapleton went back to the drawing board and released Traveller on May 5, 2015, which later won Album of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards.

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