Country Throwback: Watch Chris Stapleton Nail #1 Song He Wrote for George Strait in 2012

by Emily Morgan
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In addition to delivering heavy-hitting vocals, Chris Stapleton knows how to write a standout country song.

Before becoming the gruff, sultry singer he is, Stapleton started his country music career writing songs. In 2011, Stapleton partnered with songwriter Al Anderson on the track, “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright.” Recorded by the iconic George Strait, the singer released the song in Nov. of that year as the second single from Strait’s album, Here for a Good Time. 

Anderson, former lead guitarist of the rock band NRBQ, turned to songwriting after parting with his band. He’s since penned songs for artists such as Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood. He even wrote Tim McGraw’s No. 1 hit, “The Cowboy in Me.”

With countless Top 10 hits under his belt, you could say George Strait would be Stapleton’s number one pick when it came to his dream collaboration. 

No matter how legendary the vocals are, no good country song would take off without its songwriting. Strait’s ability to effortlessly combine a classic country sound alongside beautifully written lyrics is incredible. This talent comes after many successful decades in the business, which is why Strait takes extra care to select the most well-written pieces. 

After earning a reputation as one of the greatest songwriters in country music, Strait knew he had to recruit Chris Stapleton on the song. In 2015, Stapleton’s solo career took off following his performance at that year’s CMA Awards. 

Before that, Stapelton spent years putting his vocal skills on display at the various songwriter showcase events. 

Chris Stapleton Delivers Stellar Rendition of ‘Love’s Gonna Make It Alright’ At Showcase Event

One such event took place in 2012, one year after Strait released “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” as a single. The song peaked at No. 3 on the charts and was also a crossover hit.

To pay tribute to the song’s success in which he helped write, Chris Stapleton performed “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” at the showcase. Stapelton’s use of nothing but his signature voice and lone acoustic guitar caused the audience to fall in love with the captivating rendition. 

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