He was long ago a "Millionaire," but Chris Stapleton still believes in the power of a song

ABC/Mark Levine Three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton returns to the top twenty this week with "Millionaire," the rare song that, it happens, he didn't write.

"Millionaire" was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Kevin Welch, as the title track of his 2002 album. It's a tune Chris has been singing for a long time.

"I love that song. I would always sit around the house playing that song to myself on a guitar," he recalls. "It's fun to play, it's fun to sing, it's a great melody, it's a great lyric, it's a great... everything. To me, that's a great song. And I just loved it, so it was time to do it."

Chris recorded it on his CMA-nominated Album of the Year, Songs from A Room: Volume II. The Entertainer of the Year nominee admits the song has taken on new meaning as he's become a husband and father of four.

"I used to think that it was like being an actor," he says of interpreting songs, "where you kind of hop into things. 'And now I'm a bad guy.' I very much have that kind of, 'Alright, I'm gonna put on this hat and be this guy in this song. I have to put myself in that space.' I have that to some degree."

"But also," Chris continues, "when you've lived a little longer, songs can hit you a lot differently, and you can find spots in them to emote, if you will, that maybe you wouldn't have without some kind of knowledge of something going on in the song."

These days, Chris feeling like a "Millionaire" has only increased. His wife Morgane recently re-joined him on tour on their All-American Road Show, after giving birth to their twins back in the spring.

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Kacey says that Golden Hour is different from her other releases because it's her "most personal record yet."

"I don't think I've really let people in on an emotional scale this way very much," she explains. "I've never really talked much about my feelings, and falling in love, and meeting the right person, and talking about my flaws, and being lonely, coming off the road and missing my mom...I've never had songs like that. And it was really nice."

As for the Female Vocalist category, Kacey hates to think that that she's competing with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini to find out who's "better."

"Awards shows are silly because no one's 'better' than the other," she says. "That's not what music is about. Art is very subjective...everyone's different and that's what's cool about it...everyone's obviously winning and doing her own thing!"

That being said, Kacey admits that she doesn't actually consider herself to be "much of a vocalist" -- so, she says, "To be in a category with some really great singers is a big compliment."

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He was long ago a "Millionaire," but Chris Stapleton still believes in the power of a song

ABC/Mark Levine Three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton returns to the top twenty this week with "Millionaire," the rare song that, it happens, he didn't write.

"Millionaire" was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Kevin Welch, as the title track of his 2002 album. It's a tune Chris has been singing for a long time.

"I love that song. I would always sit around the house playing that song to myself on a guitar," he recalls. "It's fun to play, it's fun to sing, it's a great melody, it's a great lyric, it's a great... everything. To me, that's a great song. And I just loved it, so it was time to do it."

Chris recorded it on his CMA-nominated Album of the Year, Songs from A Room: Volume II. The Entertainer of the Year nominee admits the song has taken on new meaning as he's become a husband and father of four.

"I used to think that it was like being an actor," he says of interpreting songs, "where you kind of hop into things. 'And now I'm a bad guy.' I very much have that kind of, 'Alright, I'm gonna put on this hat and be this guy in this song. I have to put myself in that space.' I have that to some degree."

"But also," Chris continues, "when you've lived a little longer, songs can hit you a lot differently, and you can find spots in them to emote, if you will, that maybe you wouldn't have without some kind of knowledge of something going on in the song."

These days, Chris feeling like a "Millionaire" has only increased. His wife Morgane recently re-joined him on tour on their All-American Road Show, after giving birth to their twins back in the spring.

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"For my version of country music to be recognized is really meaningful to me because I love where the genre came from," Kacey tells ABC Radio. "And to be able to be someone that's recognized in modern country, I mean, that's a goal for me. Y'know, I love country music. So it's really cool."

Kacey says that Golden Hour is different from her other releases because it's her "most personal record yet."

"I don't think I've really let people in on an emotional scale this way very much," she explains. "I've never really talked much about my feelings, and falling in love, and meeting the right person, and talking about my flaws, and being lonely, coming off the road and missing my mom...I've never had songs like that. And it was really nice."

As for the Female Vocalist category, Kacey hates to think that that she's competing with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini to find out who's "better."

"Awards shows are silly because no one's 'better' than the other," she says. "That's not what music is about. Art is very subjective...everyone's different and that's what's cool about it...everyone's obviously winning and doing her own thing!"

That being said, Kacey admits that she doesn't actually consider herself to be "much of a vocalist" -- so, she says, "To be in a category with some really great singers is a big compliment."

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