Rising country artist Walker Hayes made waves with his first major single, “You Broke Up With Me,” but it’s not a song about a girl. It’s a song about a record deal he lost and how people didn’t believe in him— but he still made it on country radio. Thankfully, his wife Laney Beville Hayes has always been his number one supporter! The pair have know each other since they were in elementary school…
Weren’t they they cutest? The childhood friends went on their first date 21 years ago. Hilariously enough, they went to a monster truck event.
Hayes gives his wife credit for constantly supporting him and seeing his full potential. In fact, he wasn’t even planning to be professional musician when he proposed to Laney at age 23. He thought he would follow in his dad’s footsteps and build a career in real estate. However, once he played a gig at a bar, he ended up falling in love with it. The Alabama native then called up his fiancé and told her he wanted to move to Nashville.
So the couple made the move, despite Laney’s mother laughing at him when he shared his career plans.
“She has a way of looking at me and remembering what’s best about me… even though it’s nowhere close to coming out,” Hayes told People about his wife. “Her faith in my gifts and my talents are beyond my own faith in them.”
But it was tough. While Walker was trying to launch his career, the family struggled to get by and Hayes totally felt defeated. His wife and their six children supported him and inspired him to keep going despite all of the hardships.
Now, Walker has hit the big time and has found his place in Music City. Laney spends her time homeschooling their children while Hayes often uses them as inspiration for songwriting.
Walker and Laney have faced many ups and downs together but remain strong. On June 6, 2018 the couple welcomed and tragically lost their newborn baby daughter Oakleigh Klover Hayes due to an unexpected medical event. The family is working to heal and recently welcomed a new puppy into their household.