Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and his wife Emily are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy. Born…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 6, 2019


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Eric Gunderson and Baby Hayes; Photo via Instagram

Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and his wife Emily are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy.

Born on Independence Day at 8:30 am CT, Hayes Michael entered the world weighing 5lbs, 8 oz. Gunderson announced the family’s new addition on Instagram in a sweet post welcoming Hayes Michael to “life outside the womb.”

“So proud to be this little boys daddy,” Gunderson wrote in a separate post. “Thanks for all of the messages, we are so excited…and ready to go home.”

According to the singer’s post, his wife, Emily, is “feeling great” after Hayes’ delivery.

Little Hayes joins big brother, Camden William, 6, who is “already impressing” the rest of the family with his big brother skills.

Gunderson is one half of country music duo Love and Theft, who is best known for hits like “Angel Eyes” and “Runaway.”

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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.