Parachute (Chris Stapleton song)

"Parachute" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton. It is the third single from his debut album Traveller. The song was written by Stapleton and Jim Beavers.

Single by Chris Stapleton
from the album Traveller
ReleasedMay 2, 2016 (2016-05-02)[1]
LabelMercury Nashville
Chris Stapleton singles chronology
"Nobody to Blame"
"Either Way"


The song is an uptempo backed by banjo and acoustic guitar, in which the narrator sings about being there for the one he loves: "Baby, I will be your parachute".[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country was favorable, praising the "more dynamic vocal performance" and "straight-forward arrangement", also saying that "Lyrically this isn’t quite Song of the Year material, but Stapleton’s vocals on 'Parachute' are his latest entry in a still-to-be-created Performance of the Year category."[2]

Live performanceEdit

Stapleton sang "Parachute" live at the CMT Music Awards in June 2016, with assistance from Dave Cobb, Mickey Raphael, Robby Turner, and Stapleton's wife, Morgane.[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song has sold 248,000 copies in the US as of December 2016.[4]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 40,000 
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Country Aircheck Issue 495" (PDF). Country Aircheck. April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (April 19, 2016). "Chris Stapleton, 'Parachute' review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ Freeman, Jon (June 8, 2016). "See Chris Stapleton's Blazing 'Parachute' on the CMT Awards". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 19, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: December 19, 2016". Roughstock.
  5. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Stapleton – Nobody to Blame". Music Canada.
  12. ^ "American album certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 25, 2021.