One of the most incredible moments during this week’s CMA Awards was a performance by two of country music’s best, Dwight Yoakam and Chris Stapleton. But that may not be their only country collaboration.
The pair, also accompanied by Stapleton’s talented wife, Morgane, joined forces for a powerful rendition of “Seven Spanish Angels” during the ceremony. According to Rolling Stone, the “Tennessee Whiskey” singer admitted he was a bit starstruck. After all, Yoakam is a country music legend. He also happens to be one of Chris’ biggest musical inspirations.
“I looked at him when we were walking onstage tonight, and I try my best not to be a fan and freak people out, but I looked at Dwight and I said, ‘Man, I just want you to know you’re a hero, and I really appreciate you doing this,'” he said. What a cool experience to be able to share the stage with someone you admire so much.
But Stapleton really had nothing to worry about. As it turns out, the two have formed a friendship, and even worked on some new music together. “We wrote a song a couple weeks ago and really hit it off,” Chris revealed.
Collaborations between top talents like Stapleton and Yoakam can only yield a smash hit. We can only hope that it lands on one of their next albums.
In addition to his incredible performance at the CMAs, Stapleton ended up taking home a few well-deserved awards. Most notably, he won Male Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row. He also received Music Video of the Year for “Fire Away,” which you can watch here.
Congrats to Chris on a hugely successful night. Check out the full list of this year’s CMA winners here.