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October 29

Why Chris Stapleton has ‘Broken Halos’ that Used to Shine

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Chris Stapleton is undeniably talented and no one can argue with that. If there’s anything that is very obvious in the year 2017, Stapleton is one of the only few who keeps the country fire burning that could be traced all the way to the classic roots we have come to cherish. While most may find that some of his penned songs have some slight modern touch (probably because we are living in one), he still echoes what we could have hoped for other artists to do as a singer-songwriter that does not just want to appeal to pop audiences but tell a story as they should be heard. In one of his recently released songs, ‘Broken Halos,’ Stapleton tries to chronicle the sadness and agony of experiencing the death of a loved one even if it is not bound to happen.

Broken Halos, Chris Stapleton

While Broken Halos was released last April 14, 2017, as a promotional single for his studio album, From A Room: Volume. 1, it debuted last December 13, 2016, during Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon. It served as the theme and tribute to the 14 people who lost their lives to the Gatlinburg wildfires. Chris Stapleton has revealed that the song was inspired by a friend who also lost his life after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

In an interview he also said that he recorded after his tragic death:

“I recorded this on the day a friend of mine passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was the same age as me; we played Little League together, stuff like that,” Stapleton explained when he performed this song during the UMG’s luncheon at the Ryman Auditorium. “He was 38 years old.”

Many critics have noted that ‘Broken Halos’ catered multiple genres. Majority of the critics saying that it belongs to the country gospel. While there are different theories and categorization, it cannot be denied how the song would wake up your hidden emotions and reflect for a minute or so.

Watch his live performance here and see for yourself:


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