Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton Groove on ‘Say Something’

With acoustic guitars driving in as the soulful song builds to a choir climax, Stapleton and Timberlake don't miss a beat while harmonizing with their raspy and jazzy voices on the track.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton Groove on ‘Say Something’
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton; Photo via YouTube

It’s official: Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton just made the most out of 2018 with their collaboration on “Say Something.”

With much anticipation geared toward the latest release from Man of the Woods, the two did not disappoint by mixing together Timberlake’s natural Memphis soul and Stapleton’s acoustic country twang. Although the two worlds colliding may sound like a bit of a stretch, the jazzy song continues to build as Timberlake takes the lead on his smooth vocal and allows Stapleton to tear down the second verse with that beloved raspiness.

The two singers travel all around a historic music venue of some sort, using their guitars and their voices to lead the way into an intricately-designed staircase area where the two duel off in a harmonious matter with the horns and drums shooting into the mix.

Goosebumps proceed once Timberlake counts down for a choir in the balcony to build the tempo up even higher on the song’s climax. Claiming in the lyrics that “sometimes, the greatest way to say something is to say nothing,” the track makes its final build to what sounds like a modern version of a soulful masterpiece.

Once the camera calls cut, the choir erupts with the sound of applause echoing throughout the high-ceiling lobby as Timberlake and Stapleton exchange warm words. Even Stapleton gives a laugh over the grand production of both the video and the song captivating the room, and without him directly knowing, the listener.

Stapleton and Timberlake collaborated a couple years ago after they performed a medley of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away” from their respective albums on the CMA Awards. Continually keeping their bromance alive, they’ve appeared at each other’s shows and supported the music throughout their professional relationship. Leading right on into recording “Say Something” with one another, it sounds like Timberlake hopes to move toward his Mason-Dixon roots on his upcoming release.

“Say Something,” from Justin Timberlake’s upcoming album Man of the Woods, is available to stream or purchase everywhere now.