Chris Stapleton took the fast track to fame after he became a three-time CMA Awards winner in 2015. The singer-songwriter solidified his star power when he took the stage with Justin Timberlake during the show, introducing him to an audience that extended far beyond country music fans. But long before that now-famous duet ever took place, Chris had another singing partner: his wife, female country singer Morgane Stapleton.
Today, Chris and Morgane Stapleton are one of the most beloved couples in country music. Since the pair first met in 2003, they've continued to create beautiful music (and a beautiful family!) together. Between their onstage chemistry, incredible songwriting and otherworldly harmonies, this musical duo became one of the industry's best-known power couples in just a few short years. And like most great country music love stories, Chris and Morgane's enduring marriage all started with a song. Here's everything you need to know about Chris Stapleton's wife and their relationship timeline.
How Did Chris and Morgane Stapleton Meet?
Before he became an international superstar, Chris Stapleton was penning hits and album cuts for George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley and more. He was working at a Nashville publishing house, Sea Gayle Music, where a fellow singer-songwriter named Morgane Hayes liked to hang out. Morgane worked at a nearby publishing house and she had a friend who just happened to work with Chris.
Morgane Stapleton told The Washington Post she would wait around the offices for Chris to show up. Her persistence paid off: "Eventually he asked me to write a song with him, and that ended up being our first date. We didn't get much writing done that night."
From then on, the pair was inseparable. When they married in October 2007, Chris Stapleton had "You are my sunshine" inscribed on the inside of his wedding ring. The couple performs "You Are My Sunshine" at every show and recorded a version for producer Dave Cobb's Southern Family compilation album.
After Chris' father passed away in 2013, Morgane suggested they take a road trip from Phoenix back to Nashville in a 1979 Jeep Cherokee. The trip ended up being the inspiration for Stapleton's debut solo album Traveller.
The country singer said nearly every song on Traveller was handpicked from his catalog by Morgane. The album swept the 2015 CMA awards, where the couple was further catapulted into the spotlight for their "Tennessee Whiskey" collaboration with Justin Timberlake.
The couple celebrated their 15-year anniversary in 2022 and Morgane shared a sweet message to her husband on Instagram, alongside a slideshow of heartwarming and hilarious photos of the pair through the years. "You're a keeper," she wrote. "Happy 15th, babe!"
Partners in Life and Music
While Morgane stays busy as her husband's collaborator and song-chooser, she's also one of the most sought out vocalists and songwriters in Nashville. She co-wrote "Hell Bent on a Heartache" for Guy Clark's 2013 album My Favorite Picture of You. She also penned "Don't Forget to Remember Me," which became a hit for Carrie Underwood. Morgane was also featured on John Prine's 2016 duets album For Better, Or Worse.
While fans are clamoring for a Morgane Stapleton solo album, for now, the singer-songwriter is content being a sought-after songwriter and Chris Stapleton's musical partner. And with good reason. Their spellbinding harmonies are the highlight of Chris's live shows.
"We can lift each other up on bad nights, kind of give each other a wink when we screw up or do something funny," he told the New York Times (Look out for one of those cute moments at his next concert!).
Chris and Morgane's lasting support and partnership have proven successful. In 2017, Stapleton released the hugely successful From A Room Vol. 1 and From A Room Vol. 2, featuring the healing "Broken Halos" and the honky tonker, "Up to No Good Livin'."
How Many Kids Does Chris Stapleton Have?
Chris and Morgane Stapleton share five kids together: a son named Waylon, a daughter named Ada, twin boys who were born in 2018, and another son who was born in 2019.
The protective parents typically keep their children out of the public eye, though they're occasionally featured on Morgane's Instagram page. Recently, Chris and Morgane's oldest son and daughter, Waylon and Ada, made a rare appearance at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards. Chris was named Male Artist of the Year that night, and his children adorably jumped out of their seats to celebrate their dad when he was announced as the winner.
Country stars, musical partners, and, most importantly, a devoted husband and wife--Chris and Morgane Stapleton are proof that country music isn't just about heartbreak. This pair has a beautiful love story indeed.
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