Chris Stapleton: ‘My Wife Picks The Songs’
Chris Stapleton is a 2024 GRAMMY nominee for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “White Horse.” The song is from his latest album, Higher, produced by Stapleton, his wife, Morgane, and Dave Cobb. All 14 tracks were written or co-written by Stapleton.
In a recent interview with Cowboys & Indians magazine, Chris revealed how he makes an album and who has the biggest say. He said, “My wife picks the songs. Most of the songs are heavily influenced by things that she likes. She has excellent taste in songs.”
In the same interview, Stapleton shares how he and his wife Morgane first got together. They met as fellow songwriters at the same publishing house in 2003. Chris said that she would make the joke that he would ask her to write songs at 8:00 on a Friday night. He admits, “She wasn’t wrong.” He added that “Some things are electricity,” and sometimes you just know those things “intuitively about who your love interest is.”
The couple married in 2007 and have five kids together. He noted of their connection that there is an “electricity to it.” He continued that he feels when people talk about “lightning striking this way,” it’s not really like a bolt. It’s more “like a buzz.” He admitted that those are the things that happen that aren’t “really explainable,” and then one day you wake up “16 years later” and still feel “kind of buzzed.”
Stapleton has done the math and arrived at the fact that they’ve been with each other almost as long as they were without each other. As a “work couple” and a married couple, he says that they do get on “each other’s nerves or something,” but on “the rare occasion we’re apart, we’re sort of like teenagers.”
Chris concluded that they tell each other how much they miss each other, and it’s a “really sweet and wonderful thing.”