Walker Hayes
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Walker Hayes
Walker Hayes
Walkerhayes2016.jpg
Walker Hayes, 2016
Background information
Born (1979-12-27) December 27, 1979 (age 38) [1][2]
Origin Mobile, Alabama[3]
Genres Country
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
2010-present
Labels Capitol, Monument Records

Walker Hayes (born December 27, 1979) is an American singer. He has charted three singles on Hot Country Songs and has released two albums.

Early life

Hayes was born on December 27, 1979 in Mobile, Alabama. His father, Charles Hayes is a realtor.[1]

Musical career

Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in 2005, hoping to get in the country music business. He landed a job writing songs for a Nashville publishing company and then signed a contract with Mercury Records Nashville,[4] though he was quickly dropped and moved to Capitol Records Nashville.[1] In 2010, he released his first single, "Pants". It debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending September 18, 2010.[5] Kyle Ward of Roughstock rated the single three-and-a-half stars out of five.[6] Hayes debuted the video for the song in December 2010.[7] Hayes also appeared on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting, singing a song he wrote about Jill and her now husband, Derick's, proposal. "Pants" and a second single, "Why Wait for Summer", both appeared on an album for Capitol Records titled Reason to Rhyme.[8][4]

Hayes co-wrote and sang guest vocals on "Dirty Side", a cut from Colt Ford's 2014 album Thanks for Listening.[9] He also co-wrote Rodney Atkins' late-2014 single "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat".[10] After losing his contract with Capitol Records, Hayes worked at a Costco to support himself.[11]

In 2016, Hayes signed a publishing and production deal with Shane McAnally and SMACK/RareSpark, through which he released two extended plays.[12] This was followed by his first single for Monument Records, "You Broke Up with Me".[11] It appears on his first Monument album, boom.[13]

Personal life

He lives in Nashville with his wife, Laney Beville Hayes, and their seven children.

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US
[14]
US
Country

[15]
Reason to Rhyme[16] -- --
Boom
  • Release date: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Monument
  • Format: CD, Digital download
37 6
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[15]
US Heat
[18]
Walker Hayes
  • Release date: September 21, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Format: CD, Digital download
66 43
8Tracks (Vol. 1): Good Shit
  • Release date: May 6, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark
  • Format: CD, Digital download
-- --
8Tracks (Vol. 2): Break the Internet
  • Release date: August 19, 2016
  • Label: SMACKSongs/RareSpark
  • Format: CD, Digital download
-- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country
[19]
US Country Airplay
[20]
US
[21]
2010 "Pants" 40 -- Reason to Rhyme
2011 "Why Wait for Summer" 42 --
2014 "Pimpin' Joy"[22] -- -- -- N/A
2017 "You Broke Up with Me" 12 10 67 Boom
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2010 "Pants"[25] Peter Zavadil
2015 "Dirty Side" (with Colt Ford)[26] N/A
2017 "You Broke Up with Me"[27] Blythe Thomas

References

  1. ^ a b c Renee Busby (January 22, 2011). "Mobilian Walker Hayes hits country music charts with his song 'Pants'". Al.com. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ Walker Hayes (December 27, 2010). "Walker Hayes Twitter status". Twitter. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ Jim Malec (August 3, 2010). "Song Review: Walker Hayes - "Wax Paper Cups"". American Twang. Retrieved 2010. 
  4. ^ a b https://www.facebook.com/emily.yahr. "Walker Hayes isn't afraid to sing about struggling, and it's making him a success". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Edward Morris (11 September 2010). "Lady Antebellum's Need You Now Recaptures No. 1 Perch". CMT. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ Kyle Ward (6 September 2010). "Walker Hayes -- "Pants"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Walker Hayes, 'Pants' (Making of the Video)". The Boot. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ "Reason To Rhyme - Walker Hayes - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ Thanks for Listening (Deluxe Edition) (CD booklet). Colt Ford. Average Joes Entertainment. 2014. pp. 2-8. 
  10. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (October 30, 2014). "Rodney Atkins Releases 'Eat Sleep Love You Repeat'". The Boot. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Stark, Phyllis (July 19, 2017). "Nashville Broke Up With Walker Hayes, But After a Stint at Costco He's Back". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "Walker Hayes' Mixtapes Keep Country Conversational". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "Walker Hayes to Release Full-Length Album, 'Boom'". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "Walker Hayes Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Walker Hayes Chart History: Top Country Albums". Billboard. 
  16. ^ "Reason to Rhyme". Allmusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 8, 2018). "Top 10 Country Album Sales Chart: January 8, 2018". Roughstock. 
  18. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "Walker Hayes Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ "Pimpin' Joy - Single by Walker Hayes on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  23. ^ "American certifications - Walker Hayes - You Broke Up with Me". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  24. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 19, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: December 19, 2017". Roughstock. Retrieved 2017. 
  25. ^ "YouTube : Walker Hayes : Pants". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  26. ^ "COLT FORD RELEASES VIDEO TRAILER FOR 'DIRTY SIDE'". The Boot. Retrieved 2017. 
  27. ^ "You Broke Up with Me video". CMT. Retrieved 2017. 

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