Chris Stapleton is the biggest star in country music right now. I still can’t believe it. I can still remember being one of the few people who was pumped when he released his debut album Traveller. Of course later that year Stapleton performed with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards and the rest is history. Last year Stapleton released two albums that were critically acclaimed. He’s coming off his first #1 single at radio with “Broken Halos” and the no-brainer follow-up would without a doubt be “Millionaire.” It’s one of those songs you can instantly click with, as it’s a sentimental love song that avoids becoming saccharine. It’s meaningful and has real heart behind the lyrics, but is also catchy and easily resonates with the listener. This song doesn’t have quite as much influences from blues and soul as Stapleton’s other songs, but it’s still clearly present. What many in country don’t like to admit is that this is part of his widespread appeal. His ability to seamlessly blend country with other genres is what helps makes him so special. While there are several other Stapleton songs I prefer more, I’ll never complain about the ever-growing popularity of Stapleton and the potential for him to gain another hit. Not to mention Kevin Welch will get some well-deserved shine. “Millionaire” will continue the hot streak for Stapleton into 2018.
Grade: Great Love Song
Songwriter: Kevin Welch