Country Duo Haley & Michaels Expecting First Child
Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels of country duo Haley & Michaels are expecting their first child! The couple revealed the…
Haley & Michaels; Photo by Jon Paul Bruno
Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels of country duo Haley & Michaels are expecting their first child!
The couple revealed the news to People, sharing that Haley and pregnant with a baby girl and due this October.
“It’s been such a blessing,” Michaels, 43, told the publication. “We’re spiritual people, and we believe that we all come into the world at the right time, and it’s a gift to have this now.”
The pregnancy cames as a complete surprise to the duo, who got the shocking news in January when Haley came down with a sudden fever. Seeking out a flu test, the couple went to a local walk-in clinic for a diagnosis.
“They did a bunch of tests, and one of those tests was a pregnancy test just to be safe,” Haley explained.
When the medical staff returned to the room, they got the results: “You have the flu — and you’re pregnant!’”
The news was a welcome surprise.
“It was this rush of complete joy that instantly hit me,” Haley recalled. “But Ryan just kept saying, ‘We are? We are?’ And then he asked, ‘Can I hug her?’ “
“I didn’t know if I would make the flu worse!” Michaels added. “I was so shocked. The thing is, we had certainly talked this year about having a baby, but it was the furthest thing from our minds when we went to the clinic, and we hadn’t really been trying very long.”
Haley went home and recovered from the flu within a few days. Now, that she’s gotten past her first trimester, the soon-to-be-mother is enjoying everything that comes along with her pregnancy, including the crazy cravings.
“I am that pregnant person that wants pickles and ice cream,” she said. “I never thought that would be me. And then pizza is my new craving — just cheese pizza. That’s all I want.”
With COVID-19 rapidly spreading, Haley and Michaels are hunkered down at home making the most of their time in quarantine. They have already come up with a theme for their daughter’s nursery and are on the hunt for bedding and accessories to decorate with.
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.