Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking’s First Dance Was To One of His Biggest Hits

Newly crowned ACM Male Artist of the Year Luke Combs is also a newlywed. The singer/songwriter and his longtime love…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 18, 2020


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Newly crowned ACM Male Artist of the Year Luke Combs is also a newlywed. The singer/songwriter and his longtime love Nicole Hocking tied the knot in early August after changing their wedding plans a few times due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The couple exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony at their home in Florida and in a recent interview, Combs revealed a few more details about their special day, including their first dance song. The superstar admitted that a lot of thought went into selecting the song for their first dance and that they ended up choosing one of his biggest hits: “Beautiful Crazy.”

“We wrestled with the idea of, ‘Is that corny and is it weird?’” he shared with Taste of Country Nights. “It ended up being like, ‘You know what? This is the thing. We need to do this thing.’”

Hocking was the inspiration behind the “Beautiful Crazy,” which topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart for a whopping six weeks, so it sounds like it was a perfect fit for the couple.

Choosing a first dance song was the least of the couple’s worries, however, as Combs revealed that the wedding planning was not easy due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but in the end, everything worked out perfectly.

“We made it happen. It was really great,” he gushed. “It was really perfect and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything, to be honest with you.”

Combs and Hocking began dating in 2016 after meeting at the 2016 Key West Songwriter’s Festival. After the festival, the Hocking and Combs started spending more time together and eventually began dating. In 2018, Combs planned an elaborate proposal that ended up going south after a hectic day of moving. Weeks later, Combs and Hocking revealed their engagement with fans via Instagram.

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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.