Chris Stapleton is known as the voice of the progressive bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, which he departed last spring, and now as the lead singer of The Jompson Brothers, a hard-edged southern rock quartet that is being compared to some of the genre's classic bands of the '70s. But if he had nothing more than his day job, Stapleton would be living the life many musicians and songwriters dream of. As a writer with Sea Gayle Music Publishing (founded by the Music Row triumvirate of Brad Paisley, Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois), Stapleton is a co-writer of numerous charted country singles, including Kenny Chesney's “Never Wanted Nothing More,” Darius Rucker's “Come Back Song” and Steel Magnolia's debut hit “Keep On Lovin' You.” American Songwriter caught up with Stapleton as he tried to catch his breath in between spending time with a growing family, preparing for the holiday season, and dealing with the rigors of a successful music business career. You were signed to your publishing deal with Sea Gayle almost immediately after coming to Nashville, but your story is the definite exception. When a new aspiring writer comes to town, how do you think he or she they should approach Nashville in their first 90 days. Write as much as you can. Learn about songwriting from songwriters whenever possible. Sign up with ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC (meet with all of them) and utilize their resources.... Sign In to Keep Reading
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