Chris Stapleton Releases ‘Starting Over’ Album, Shares Message of Healing

by Josh Lanier

Chris Stapleton released his fourth studio album Starting Over on Friday, and the singer-songwriter said he hopes it can inspire listeners as other albums have inspired him. Stapleton posted a typewriter-written note on his Instagram about his love of music and its power to celebrate the album’s release.

“In my life when I’ve needed strength, love, peace, joy, friendship, focus, courage, understanding, hope, or healing I’ve found these things in music,” the Grammy winner posted. “As you listen, I pray you find some of those things here. May we all look to the best of who we’ve been & the promise of who we can be. Here’s to starting over. CS.”

Reviews for Starting Over have been strong.

“On Starting Over, his fourth record, Stapleton manages to reconcile his more rebellious side with his salt-of-the-earth, homebody character,” The Independent wrote in its review of the album. “… Even among the country music gems already released this year, Stapleton’s feels like a small miracle.”

Chris Stapleton Talks About Struggling With ‘Starting Over’

Chris Stapleton told NPR that he struggled writing Starting Over from the beginning. He had originally booked time to record the album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, but a freak occurrence ruined those plans. Though, that inauspicious start ended up being a blessing.

“All the power went out in the entire town of Muscle Shoals,” he said. “I was kind of like, maybe this isn’t happening. Maybe, we just need to shut down and write some more, live some more, tour some more. And that’s what we did.”

Stapleton said stepping away from the album helped him see the songs in a new light.

“As you do with songs sometimes, you write them and, pull it back out and you listen to it, and maybe it means something else in a different time, which is beautiful,” he said. “That’s what actually gives it life to me.”