Chris Stapleton tells a powerful yet heartbreaking story of mental disease YouTube

Chris Stapleton just released a bombshell of a video for his new song, “Fire Away.”

Going far beyond the song’s subject matter of breaking through to a new level in a relationship, the clip tells the harrowing story of a couple struggling with the wife’s mental illness. Chris came up with the concept for the video, but he only makes a cameo appearance as a bartender.

Actors Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva play the couple in the video, and Ben is the one who introduced Chris to the mental health organization, The Campaign to Change Direction, that is featured at the end of the clip.

Through her performance, Margarita displays the five signs of emotional suffering: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness. If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms, go to for information on how to get help.

“Fire Away” is included on Chris’ blockbuster album, “Traveller,” available now. You’ll recall that breakthrough performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” Chris delivered at last year’s CMA Awards with a little help from pop superstar Justin Timberlake. He recently teamed up with hot country newcomer Maren Morris for a duet on Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” during his recent run of shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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