Walker Hayes

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Walker Hayes
Walkerhayes2016.jpg
Walker Hayes in 2016
Background information
Born (1979-12-27) December 27, 1979 (age 38) [1][2]
OriginMobile, Alabama[3]
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2010–present
LabelsCapitol, 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] 8Tracks Vol. 1 and 8Tracks Vol. 2.[13] This was followed by his first single for Monument Records, "You Broke Up with Me".[11] It appears on his first Monument album, boom.[14] "Craig" is the album's second single.[15]

In August 2018, Hayes released a new single titled "90's Country", whose song lyrics contain multiple references to titles of country songs from the 1990s decade.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Laney Beville Hayes, and their six children. Their seventh child, a fourth daughter Oakleigh Klover died hours after birth on June 6, 2018.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US
[18]
US
Country

[19]
Reason to Rhyme[20]
Boom
  • Release date: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Monument
  • Format: CD, Digital download
37 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[19]
US Heat
[22]
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
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country
[23]
US Country Airplay
[24]
US
[25]
CAN
[26]
2010 "Pants" 40 Reason to Rhyme
2011 "Why Wait for Summer" 42
2014 "Pimpin' Joy"[27] N/A
2017 "You Broke Up with Me" 9 10 62 100 Boom
2018 "Craig" 59
"90's Country"[30] 52 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Pants"[32] Peter Zavadil
2015 "Dirty Side" (with Colt Ford)[33] N/A
2017 "You Broke Up with Me"[34] Blythe Thomas
2018 "Craig"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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 "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 Re-Releases '8Tracks Vol. 1 & 2' As Thank You To Fans". March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Walker Hayes to Release Full-Length Album, 'Boom'". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Walker Hayes' Inspiring Song 'Craig' Comes Full Circle". Taste of Country.
  16. ^ "Walker Hayes Takes Us Back in Time With '90's Country'".
  17. ^ "Walker Hayes and Wife Laney Mourning Loss of Seventh Child: Baby GIrl Is 'Now Safely in Heaven'".
  18. ^ "Walker Hayes Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Walker Hayes Chart History: Top Country Albums". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Reason to Rhyme". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 14, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: May 14, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  23. ^ "Walker Hayes Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Walker Hayes Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History – Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  26. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  27. ^ "Pimpin' Joy – Single by Walker Hayes on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  28. ^ "American certifications – Walker Hayes – You Broke Up with Me". Recording Industry Association of America.
  29. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 28, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: March 28, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  30. ^ Langeler, Wes (August 28, 2018). "Walker Hayes To Release New Single "90's Country"". Whiskey Riff. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  31. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 3, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: December 3, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  32. ^ "YouTube : Walker Hayes : Pants". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  33. ^ "COLT FORD RELEASES VIDEO TRAILER FOR 'DIRTY SIDE'". The Boot. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  34. ^ "You Broke Up with Me video". CMT. Retrieved 30 December 2017.

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