Walker Hayes

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Walker Hayes
Walker Hayes, 2016
Background information
Born (1979-12-27) December 27, 1979 (age 37) [1][2]
Origin Mobile, Alabama[3]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Capitol, Monument Records

Walker Hayes (born December 27, 1979) is an American singer. He has charted three singles on Hot Country Songs and has released two albums.

Early life[edit]

Hayes was born on December 27, 1979 in Mobile, Alabama. His father, Charles Hayes is a realtor.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in 2005, hoping to get in the country music business. He landed a job writing songs for a Nashville publishing company and then signed a contract with Mercury Records Nashville,[4] though he was quickly dropped and moved to Capitol Records Nashville.[1] In 2010, he released his first single, "Pants". It debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending September 18, 2010.[5] Kyle Ward of Roughstock rated the single three-and-a-half stars out of five.[6] Hayes debuted the video for the song in December 2010.[7] Hayes also appeared on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting, singing a song he wrote about Jill and her now husband, Derick's, proposal. "Pants" and a second single, "Why Wait for Summer", both appeared on an album for Capitol Records titled Reason to Rhyme.[8][4]

Hayes co-wrote and sang guest vocals on "Dirty Side", a cut from Colt Ford's 2014 album Thanks for Listening.[9] He also co-wrote Rodney Atkins' late-2014 single "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat".[10] After losing his contract with Capitol Records, Hayes worked at a Costco to support himself.[11]

In 2016, Hayes signed a publishing and production deal with Shane McAnally and SMACK/RareSpark, through which he released two extended plays.[12] This was followed by his first single for Monument Records, "You Broke Up with Me".[11] It will appear on his first Monument album, boom.[13]. During an interview on 11/7/17 Walker has suggested a subtitle for “You Broke Up With Me” song might be the ‘Nanner Nanner Boo Boo’ I told you so song.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Nashville with his wife, Laney Beville Hayes, and their six children.[1]



Title Album details
Reason to Rhyme
  • Release date: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Monument
  • Format: CD, Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
US Heat
Walker Hayes
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Format: CD, Digital download
66 43
8Tracks (Vol. 1): Good Shit
  • Release date: May 6, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark
  • Format: CD, Digital download
8Tracks (Vol. 2): Break the Internet
  • Release date: August 19, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark
  • Format: CD, Digital download


Year Single Peak positions Sales Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
2010 "Pants" 40 Reason to Rhyme
2011 "Why Wait for Summer" 42
2014 "Pimpin' Joy"[19] N/A
2017 "You Broke Up with Me" 18 17 91 Boom

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Pants"[21] Peter Zavadil


  1. ^ a b c d Renee Busby (January 22, 2011). "Mobilian Walker Hayes hits country music charts with his song 'Pants'". Al.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Walker Hayes (December 27, 2010). "Walker Hayes Twitter status". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Jim Malec (August 3, 2010). "Song Review: Walker Hayes - "Wax Paper Cups"". American Twang. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b https://www.facebook.com/emily.yahr. "Walker Hayes isn't afraid to sing about struggling, and it's making him a success". Washington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ Edward Morris (11 September 2010). "Lady Antebellum's Need You Now Recaptures No. 1 Perch". CMT. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Kyle Ward (6 September 2010). "Walker Hayes — "Pants"". Roughstock. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Walker Hayes, 'Pants' (Making of the Video)". The Boot. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Reason To Rhyme - Walker Hayes - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ Thanks for Listening (Deluxe Edition) (CD booklet). Colt Ford. Average Joes Entertainment. 2014. pp. 2–8. 
  10. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (October 30, 2014). "Rodney Atkins Releases 'Eat Sleep Love You Repeat'". The Boot. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Stark, Phyllis (July 19, 2017). "Nashville Broke Up With Walker Hayes, But After a Stint at Costco He's Back". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Walker Hayes' Mixtapes Keep Country Conversational". NPR.org. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Walker Hayes to Release Full-Length Album, 'Boom'". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History – Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Pimpin' Joy – Single by Walker Hayes on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 23, 2017). "Top 30 Country Digital Singles Sales Chart: October 23, 2017". Roughstock. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  21. ^ "YouTube : Walker Hayes : Pants". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 

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