Clay Walker Welcomes Seventh Child, Christiaan Michael
Clay Walker is officially a father of seven. The country hitmaker, 51, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their fifth child…
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Clay Walker is officially a father of seven.
The country hitmaker, 51, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their fifth child together (his seventh child overall) on Tuesday (Jan. 5) in Houston, Texas. People reports that their son, Christiaan Michael Walker, weighed in at 7 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 20.5 inches long.
“Baby Christiaan (Germanic spelling) Michael Walker and Mama are doing great! Our whole family has been anxiously awaiting his arrival! He’s perfect in every way,” the “Need a Bar Sometimes” singer told the publication.
“He is surrounded by siblings who are constantly doting on him. I could not be more proud of Jessica and her devotion to motherhood and me. All of our children are blessed to call her mother. He will grow up a tough little cowboy Texan.”
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Christiaan Michael joins siblings Ezra Stephen, 3, Elijah Craig, 7, Mary-Elizabeth, 11, and William Clayton, 12, as well as his daughters from a previous marriage: Skylor, 21, and MaClay, 25.
Baby Christiaan’s name is a nod to Walker’s great-great-grandfather, who immigrated to the United States in 1808 and found a home in Texas.
“Everyone called him ‘The Dane,’ and Jess and I are really excited to be able to name [our son] after that man,” he told People in August of 2020. “I always heard the stories about what a great cow man he was, and so as I was growing up, my dad was a cow man and passed that down to me and here I am passing it down to my three sons — soon to be four sons, named after the guy that started it all. So it’s a pretty nice circle of life.”
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Clay Walker recently signed with Toby Keith’s record label, Show Dog Nashville. He is currently working on his first studio project for the label.
His latest single, “Need a Bar Sometimes,” is at country radio now. Co-written by Walker with Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda and George Birge, “Need a Bar Sometimes” blends Walker’s traditional country roots with somewhat modern production, creating a fresh new sound that fits well within his wheelhouse.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.