Although Chris Stapleton‘s popularity exploded following his performance at the CMA Awards in 2015, he was already a respected member of the country music community. He was known as a go-to songwriter, and penned many hits for big-name artists throughout the 2000s and 2010s.
Although he didn’t launch his solo career until releasing Traveller in 2015, Stapleton was also a performer. But instead of singing for packed arenas, he’d perform his songs at songwriters festivals and other small events.
During such performances, he’d share his own renditions of the hit songs he wrote for other artists.
Back in 2013, Stapleton stopped by to visit the Portland, Oregon radio station 98.7 The Bull. He delivered a performance in their Bing Lounge, and opted to sing a #1 single he co-wrote with Darius Rucker.
That single was “Come Back Song,” which Rucker released in 2010. He and Stapleton co-wrote the breakup tune with songwriter Casey Beathard.
In addition to topping the Hot Country Songs chart, “Come Back Song” was a crossover success. It peaked at the 37th spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
Three years later, Stapleton was happy to share the song while he was visiting The Bull. He briefly introduced the tune, and said how lucky he was to have written it and other hits:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to write a few hits for some people…it’s allowed me to make a living doing what I did a long time for free…but this is the song that I wrote with and for, Darius Rucker,” he said.
From there, Stapleton moved in to an acoustic performance of “Come Back Song.”
With nothing more than the sound of his guitar to back him up, Stapleton’s voice carried the entire song. His performance got more passionate as it continued, and we’re sure his small audience was left in awe by the end.
No matter how many times you’ve heard Stapleton sing before, you’re also sure to be amazed when you watch him sing “Come Back Song” below.
Just two years after this performance, Stapleton had his breakout moment at the 2015 CMA Awards and became the country star he was destined to be. He is now respected worldwide as a talented songwriter and singer, and will always be remembered as an influential figure in country music history.