December 27, 1979 (44)
Walker Hayes is an American country music singer and songwriter, celebrated for his hit single “You Broke Up with Me,” which brought him into the limelight and set the tone for a successful career in the country music industry.
In the world of country music, Hayes has carved out a distinct niche with his distinct brand of pop-infused, lyric-driven country, resulting in a series of popular albums and hit singles. His career started with an album in 2010 under the Capitol Records label, but it was his 2017 album “Boom” that really established his name. This album spawned the platinum single “You Broke Up with Me,” which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song’s unique sound and clever lyrics captured the attention of country music fans across the nation, transforming Hayes into a prominent figure in the industry. Following this breakout, his subsequent releases, including the critically acclaimed album “Country Stuff” in 2021.
Hayes’ success has been fostered and amplified through numerous collaborations with a host of celebrities and influential figures. For instance, he has worked with renowned producer and songwriter Shane McAnally, known for shaping the careers of many successful country artists. A noteworthy collaboration was with hit singer-songwriter Nicolle Galyon on his poignant track “Craig,” which shed light on the kindness of a friend during a challenging period in his life. His collaborations extend beyond the realm of country music as well, as evident in his work with pop artist Kesha on a remix of his song “Fancy Like,” a testament to his crossover appeal. Other collaborations include working with artists like Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Camila Cabello, and Olivia Rodrigo during various events.
Hayes’ breakthrough single “You Broke Up with Me” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a notable achievement indicating over a million units sold. His heartfelt song “Craig” was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 AIMP Nashville Awards, underscoring the critical appreciation for his narrative-driven songwriting. Moreover, he was nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards in 2018, another significant mark of his rising popularity in the country music scene.
While Walker Hayes has a love for music, he is also known for his love for animals. In 2021, he joined fellow country artists in a benefit concert for Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, a non-profit, foster home based rescue in Middle Tennessee, demonstrating his commitment to animal welfare.