An exclusive video of Chris Stapleton discussing his “Fire Away” music video premiered earlier this week.. Watch the full piece below. The original music video can be viewed HERE. Released in conjunction with May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the new video offers commentary from Stapleton, the music video’s director, Tim Mattia, actors Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder of Give an Hour, the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction.
The “Fire Away” music video aims to bring attention to the culture of mental health awareness throughout the country, specifically through The Campaign to Change Direction (www.changedirection.org). The organization, which was introduced to Stapleton through Foster, strives to start a common language about the Five Signs of suffering emotionally: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness. The Five Signs are clearly represented in the video through Levieva’s poignant performance.
“Fire Away” is from Stapleton’s certified RIAA Platinum debut solo album, Traveller, which continues to receive overwhelming acclaim with three recent CMT Awards nominations (including Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Fire Away”) and two nominations at the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards.
Released last May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller record initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the best-selling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. The album has since received extensive critical acclaim and has landed him bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on CBS News Sunday Morning and Saturday Night Live.
Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards – Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where is stayed for two straight weeks. Additionally, Stapleton recently took home two awards at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”) and, most recently, won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards—Album of the Year (for Traveller as both artist and producer), Song of the Year (for “Nobody To Blame” as both artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year (only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have previously won six in the same year).
Stapleton will continue to celebrate the album’s release with an extensive U.S. tour this spring and summer. See below for details.
CHRIS STAPLETON CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
May 12—New Orleans, LA—Bold Sphere Music at Champions† (SOLD OUT)
May 13—Southaven, MS—Bank Plus Amphitheater† (SOLD OUT)
May 14—Orange Beach, AL—The Amphitheater at the Wharf† (SOLD OUT)
May 19—Charlotte, NC—Uptown Amphitheater‡ (SOLD OUT)
May 20—Cary, NC—Booth Amphitheater‡ (SOLD OUT)
May 21—Daniel Island, SC—Volvo Cars Stadium‡ (SOLD OUT)
May 27—Simpsonville, SC—Charter Amphitheater†
May 28—Daytona, FL—Country 500
May 29—Atlanta, GA—Turner Field as part of the Atlanta Braves Summer Concert Series
June 2—Chicago—FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
June 3—Springfield, IL—Prairie Capital Convention Center* (SOLD OUT)
June 4—Little Rock, AR—Riverfest
June 10—Nashville, TN—CMA Music Fest (SOLD OUT)
June 11—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 16—Charlottesville—nTelos Wireless Pavilion** (SOLD OUT)
June 17—Philadelphia, PA—Penn’s Landing Festival Pier#
June 18—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion#
June 30—St. Louis, MO—Fox Theatre (SOLD OUT)
July 1—Council Bluffs, IA—Stir Cove (SOLD OUT)
July 2—Milwaukee, WI—Summerfest§
July 14—Farmingville, NY—Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill††
July 15 & 16—Boston, MA—Gillette Stadium‡‡
July 21—Canandaigua, NY—Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC
July 22—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion††
July 23—Forest Hills, NY—Forest Hills Stadium††
July 30—Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza
August 5—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre##
August 6—West Palm Beach, FL—Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre##
August 11—New Braunfels, TX—River Road Ice House (SOLD OUT)
August 12—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion## (SOLD OUT)
August 13—Austin, TX—Austin360 Amphitheater## (SOLD OUT)
August 19—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center##
August 20—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre## (SOLD OUT)
August 26—Noblesville, IN—Klipsch Music Center##
August 27—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center## (SOLD OUT)
September 1—Portsmouth, VA—Portsmouth Pavilion (ON-SALE MAY 13)
September 2—Allentown, PA—Great Allentown Fair
September 3—Thornville, OH—92.3 WCOL Country Jam
September 30-October 2—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 22—Arlington, TX—AT&T Stadium‡‡
*with special guest Anderson East
†with special guest Aubrie Sellers
‡with special guest Sam Lewis
#co-headlining with Jason Isbell
§co-headlining with Alabama Shakes
**with special guest Lucie Silvas
††with special guest Brandy Clark
‡‡appearing with Luke Bryan
##co-headlining with Hank Williams Jr.