After an incredible, nationally televised duet with Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton's fan base just got a whole lot bigger.
The 37-year-old swept all three CMA categories in which he was nominated -- Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year -- prompting even Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to take note in his acceptance speech. Though Traveller is Stapleton's debut solo album, he is no stranger to the country music scene. Together with his band, The SteelDrivers, Stapleton was nominated for three GRAMMY awards in 2010. Later that year, Stapleton's new band, The Jompson Brothers, would be chosen to perform at the Zac Brown Band's Sailing Southern Ground Cruise.
But if you're wondering why big winners like Bryan and Miranda Lambert took time out of their own acceptance speeches to call out Stapleton -- it's (at least partially) because his songs have already appeared on their albums.
Even Blake Shelton couldn't help but offer up a congratulatory tweet after Stapleton beat him in the Male Vocalist category, breaking what would have been a six-year streak had Shelton won.
Awesome night tonight. So many great things happening in my life. Congrats to @ChrisStapleton!!!! Long time coming brother...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 5, 2015
A long time coming, indeed... Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite songs you never knew Stapleton wrote. Which one is your favorite?
Luke Bryan: "Drink a Beer" (2013)
Miranda Lambert: "Nobody's Fool" (2011)
Thomas Rhett: "Crash and Burn" (2015)
Dierks Bentley: "Diamonds Make Babies" (2011)
Darius Rucker: "Come Back Song" (2010)
Blake Shelton: "100 Miles" (2008)
Ashley Monroe: "If the Devil Don't Want Me" (2015)
Kenny Chesney: "Never Wanted Nothing More" (2007)
Tim McGraw: "Whiskey and You" (2007)
Lee Ann Womack: "There's More Where That Came From" (2005)
Brad Paisley: "The Best Thing That I Had Goin'" (2003)
Honorable Mention: Outside of Nashville – and all the way across the pond -- Stapleton's tunes even caught the ear of Adele, who covered The SteelDrivers' "If It Hadn't Been For Love."