Nashville still has a hangover from Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” Back in November 2015, fans from the rock and pop world merged with traditional-leaning country fans to witness the two icons from different genre aflame the stage. Stapleton’s viral appearance with Timberlake introduced the world to a monster talent that would soon be treasured by Nashville insiders. Stapleton has since collected various awards and soared to an arena-level touring phenomenon.
In the first quarter of this year, he released a string of more serious and thoughtful songs that lead the Country Airplay Chart. “Broken Halos” is a melodic proof that old friendships never die. He recorded the song on the day his close friend passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Stapleton penned the multi-genre song, “Broken Halos,” with Mike Henderson, a member of the soul-bluegrass outfit, Steeldrivers. Stapleton humbly voiced that he owes some of his writing technique to Henderson. The song needs more than just the synchronization of acoustic guitar, drums, and bass. The most important element is the power of Stapleton and his wife Morgan’s intertwining voices that made the song even more glorious.
Broken Halos: The Digestion
The lyrics of the song ponders on angels and the afterlife. It meditates on the pain people have to go through, and their journey towards healing. On some of his tours, Stapleton turned “Broken Halos” into a live tribute to those wounded from the tragic events that recently happened in the State.
Angels come down from the heavens
Just to help us on our way
Come to teach us, then they leave us
And they find some other soul to save
Additionally, the song embarks an underlying message for those who are continually in pursuit for understanding behind the irrational acts of violence and natural disasters that continue to plague the world. And if you get carried away, it leaves a lump in your throat that might as well remind you to keep the faith, even in the midst of a tragedy. The complexity of this world may lead us to ask bunches of questions, but we can’t find answers to every inquiry. We're simply not meant to understand why.
Don't go looking for the reasons
Don't go asking Jesus why
We're not meant to know the answers
They belong to the by and by
Savor Stapleton’s message as you listen to his award-winning song, “Broken Halos.” Have a great day ahead!