Dec 2, 2021 - Things to Do

Chris Stapleton is still in demand

Chris Stapleton and Jennifer Hudson sing together at the CMA Awards.
Chris Stapleton and Jennifer Hudson at the CMA Awards. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

Six years after Chris Stapleton vaulted to national fame with a little help from Justin Timberlake, he remains one of the music industry's most coveted duet partners.

Why it matters: Stapleton has become a global ambassador for country music. His unmistakable voice is a unifying force in a genre entrenched in an identity crisis.

The latest: Adele and Swift sent their Stapleton collaborations to country radio last month.

  • Stapleton's harmony rips through a duet version of "Easy on Me" like a chainsaw. Listen all the way to the end.
  • He gets the party started on "I Bet You Think About Me," Swift's rollicking return to her Nashville roots.
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