Chris Stapleton’s ‘Starting Over’ Is a Simple and Sweet Acoustic Love Song [LISTEN]
With just a few acoustic guitar chords and a percussive shaker, Chris Stapleton revealed a new song called "Starting Over" on Thursday (Aug. 27). The first listen of what's coming from an upcoming album is a soft love song.
The "Broken Halos" hitmaker wrote "Starting Over" with Mike Henderson, one of the founding members of the SteelDrivers. It's a familiar beat for those who had the chance to see him live last fall. Stapleton made the song part of his setlist on several occasions, revealing a more sensitive approach to vocalizing, but the same strength of storytelling.
The lyrics tell of a man urging for his lover to come with him, for they have nothing left to lose: "And It don’t matter to me / Wherever we are is where I wanna be / Any honey for once in our lives / Let’s take our chances and roll the dice / I can be your lucky penny / You can be my four-leaf clover / Starting over," Stapleton sings.
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On Monday (Aug. 24), Stapleton shared the first tease of new music, offering fans on social media a cryptic video that featured a dramatic, orchestra-rock song and a thick chorus of gospel vocalists. The words "Starting Over" went up in his profile image on Twitter and Instagram, leading fans to believe, correctly, that an album of that name would be released on Nov. 13.
The project will be his fourth, and first since the double volumed From A Room releases of 2017. Like his first three albums, this new song and record were co-produced by Stapleton and Dave Cobb.
As a radio single, "Starting Over" is Stapleton's first since 2018, when "Millionaire" reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. To date, he's released just seven radio singles, including the chart-topping "Broken Halos." His most famous song is a cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" that was never released to country radio as a single, but has gained significant airplay in the years since, charting as recently as 2019.
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