Walker Hayes

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

Walker Hayes (born December 27, 1979) is an American country music singer.

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 Capitol 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.[4] Kyle Ward of Roughstock rated the single three-and-a-half stars out of five.[5] Hayes debuted the video for the song in December 2010.[6] 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.

Hayes co-wrote and sang guest vocals on "Dirty Side", a cut from Colt Ford's 2014 album Thanks for Listening.[7] He also co-wrote Rodney Atkins' late-2014 single "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat".[8]

In 2016, Hayes signed a publishing and production deal with Shane McAnally and SMACK/RareSpark. He released his first 8Tracks on May 6, 2016 exclusively and debuted the new music at the 2016 Key West Songwriters Festival hosted by BMI. In January 2017 it was announced that Walker would become a flagship artist for the revival of Monument Records in Nashville.

Personal life[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Reason to Rhyme

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[9]
US Heat
[10]
Walker Hayes
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Format: Digital download
66 43
8Tracks (Vol. 1): Good Shit
  • Release date: May 6, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark (Monument Records as of 2017)
  • Format: Digital download
8Tracks (Vol. 2): Break the Internet
  • Release date: August 19, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark (Monument Records as of 2017)
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Sales Album
US Country
[11]
US Country Airplay
[12]
2010 "Pants" 40 Reason to Rhyme
2011 "Why Wait for Summer" 42
2014 "Pimpin' Joy"[13] Non-album single
2017 "You Broke Up with Me" 35 45

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Pants"[15] Peter Zavadil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Renee Busby (22 January 2011). "Mobilian Walker Hayes hits country music charts with his song 'Pants'". Al.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Walker Hayes (27 December 2010). "Walker Hayes Twitter status". Twitter. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Jim Malec (3 August 2010). "Song Review: Walker Hayes - "Wax Paper Cups"". American Twang. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Edward Morris (11 September 2010). "Lady Antebellum's Need You Now Recaptures No. 1 Perch". CMT. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Kyle Ward (6 September 2010). "Walker Hayes — "Pants"". Roughstock. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Walker Hayes, 'Pants' (Making of the Video)". The Boot. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Thanks for Listening (Deluxe Edition) (CD booklet). Colt Ford. Average Joes Entertainment. 2014. pp. 2–8. 
  8. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (30 October 2014). "Rodney Atkins Releases 'Eat Sleep Love You Repeat'". The Boot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Pimpin' Joy – Single by Walker Hayes on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 11, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Sales Chart: July 11, 2017". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ "YouTube : Walker Hayes : Pants". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 

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