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Chris Stapleton Performs Fiery Rendition of ‘White Horse’ and Teams Up with Carly Pearce at 2023 CMA Awards

November 9, 2023 4:19 am GMT
Last Edited December 18, 2023 9:12 pm GMT

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Chris Stapleton returned to the Bridgestone Arena for the 2023 CMA Awards on Wednesday evening, delivering a high-energy, ferocious version of his cinematic song, ‘White Horse’.

The first single from his new album, Higher, which is set to be released this Friday (11/10), 'White Horse' has already become a fan favourite, leading the new album campaign alongside the already released 'It Takes A Woman' and the soulful 'Think I'm In Love With You'.

Stapleton is renowned for his CMA Awards performances, following remarkable duets with Justin Timberlake on 'Tennessee Whiskey' in 2015 and with Miranda Lambert on his own 'Maggie's Song' in 2021.

'White Horse' was the perfect song for Chris Stapleton to introduce everyone to his new music at the CMA Awards, a powerful, Western-inspired story with driving guitars and his own soaring vocal. Thankfully, Stapleton and his band weren't afraid to indulge in the sultry and exciting guitar solo that the song deserves.

Not settled with just performing once on the evening, Stapleton also joined his fellow Kentuckian Carly Pearce for a stellar rendition of their heartbreaking duet, 'We Don't Fight Anymore'.

The two protagonists began the dramatic ballad by standing on separate stages, highlighting the hostility that has burgeoned within the relationship. Over the course of the song, Chris Stapleton and Carly Pearce moved closer, before concluding the track together.

The performance was notably more understated compared to Chris Stapleton's rendition of ‘White Horse’, but this captivating sparseness enabled Stapleton and Pearce to really showcase their vocal dexterity and inject more gravitas into the track.

Throughout a star-studded 56th annual CMA Awards, attendees were treated to high-octane performances from Morgan Wallen, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Old Dominion, Megan Moroney, Luke Combs and more.

For Holler's full CMA Awards coverage, head here.

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Written by Ross Jones
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