Touring is a full family affair for country star Walker Hayes.
The “AA” singer is currently in the midst of his Glad You’re Here Tour and based off the photo he recently posted to social media, his family is right by his side (literally).
“6 kids, 3 dogs, 2 parents, 1 bunk,” he wrote.
Hayes and his wife, Laney, share six children Lela, Chapel, Baylor, Beckett, Loxley, and Everly. Their youngest daughter Oakleigh tragically died during birth back in 2018.
Since going viral for his catchy song, “Fancy Like,” fans have fallen in love with the entire Hayes family. When they’re not showing off their dance moves on TikTok, they’re often sharing glimpses into their everyday lives through comical video clips.
The singer/songwriter grew up in Mobile, Alabama and first met Laney while in elementary school, but sparks didn’t start flying between them until high school after they starred in a play together. Their first date was such a success that the couple continued to see each other for about seven years before hitting a rough patch in college.
“I didn’t know I wanted to marry Laney until we actually broke up for about nine or ten months right after college, and it was the hardest, it was almost like a divorce,” Hayes told Sounds Like Nashville. “We had been together for six, seven years, [but] that volatility that made us so beautiful also made us explosive… I wouldn’t have said a lot of peers or families thought we were the greatest match, but we knew there was something we couldn’t duplicate.”
Hayes shared details about their first date on The Bobby Bones Show, explaining that he happened upon a construction site machine that somebody had left a key in. They started it up, sat on top of it and ended up talking for hours.
As of June of this year, they can officially say they have been married for 18 years. Of course, the couple celebrated with a date night at Applebee’s.
“18 years and we’re still here eating at Applebee’s,” Hayes said.
Laney has gone on to become a muse for Hayes and has inspired songs such as “Don’t Let Her,” “U Gurl,” “Life With You,” “I Hope You Miss Me,” “Make You Cry,” and more. She and the rest of Hayes’ family members have continued to show their husband and dad plenty of support throughout the highs and lows of his career.
His current trek kicked off in Johnstown, PA on September 29, and has a total of 15 cities on the books with special guest Parmalee.
The tour’s namesake comes from Hayes’ book, Glad You’re Here, which was released on May 3 of this year. The book was written by Hayes with his best friend, Craig Allen Cooper and details their friendship and how an act of kindness from Craig changed Walker’s life.
“I can’t believe that we are playing arenas,” Hayes shared. “It’s mind-blowing how our team is growing, how the crowds are growing, and how the music continues to connect with my audience. I’m just so grateful.”