PICS: Chris Stapleton at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Outlaw state of mind: Country-music star Chris Stapleton tore through Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on May 18.

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Stapleton -- who grew up in the small town of Staffordsville, Kentucky -- got his start as a musician in 2001. Since then, he’s become an established, award-winning songwriter with six country-music No. 1 songs.
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His song, “Never Wanted Nothing More,” was recorded by Kenny Chesney and stayed at No. 1 for five weeks -- no small feat! More than 150 songs written by Stapleton have appeared on albums by artists including Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley. He’s also co-written songs with Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.
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After fronting the band the SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton departed and released his debut solo album, “Traveller,” in 2015. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry of America.
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The album garnered accolades left and right: He won Album of the Year and male Vocalist of the Year at both the Country Music Association Awards *and* the Academy of Country Music Awards!
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Not to be outdone, Stapleton also took home the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2016 awards show. His second studio album, “From A Room: Volume 1,” was released recently, on May 5.
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Stapleton is married to singer/songwriter Morgane Hayes (pictured right), who co-wrote the Carrie Underwood 2006 hit single “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” As you can see, they perform together on the road.
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Unfortunately, just days after performing here in San Diego, the singer/guitarist suffered a broken bone and detached tendon in his right index finger. Due to his injury, he’s been forced to cancel several shows in June, and his performance at the 2017 CMA Music Festival. Get well soon, brother!
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Brothers Osborne helped open the May 18 show. The duo (T.J. and John -- pictured) got their start in 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Their debut single, “Let’s Go There,” reached the Top 40 in Country Airplay. Since then, they’ve released a self-titled EP in 2014 and their first full-length “Pawn Shop” last year.
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British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas also opened the show. Her latest album, “Letters to Ghosts,” was released in 2015.
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