Anonymous Country Music Singer Leaves $1,000 Tip for Waitress Pulling a Double While Caring for Baby

A popular country music singer recently gave a Waffle House employee the surprise of a lifetime when he left her…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 30, 2021


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Shirell “Honey” Lackey; Photo Courtesy Fox 8

A popular country music singer recently gave a Waffle House employee the surprise of a lifetime when he left her a $1,000 tip on his to-go order. 

According to WGHP, Shirell “Honey” Lackey was working a double shift at Waffle House in Greensboro, North Carolina when a country music singer, who she wants to keep anonymous, ordered a to-go meal.

The singer noticed that Lackey was working while taking care of her baby girl and initially tipped $50. However, moments later, someone from his team returned to the restaurant, where Lackey was working from from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., with a $1,000 tip. 

“He was like, ‘I have to respect a mother that would do whatever it takes to support their child in a society where people don’t even want to work anymore,’” Lackey shared with WGHP. 

On top of the $1,000 tip, the singer also gifted Lackey two concert tickets and sent baby clothes and other baby items to her home for her young daughter, Bella. 

“It feels good to be recognized,” she continued. “I mean, I don’t do it to be recognized, I do it because Bella is everything, but it’s nice to be recognized for doing the things we do as mothers.” 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.