Walker Hayes

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About Walker Hayes

To build his thoroughly modern sound, Walker Hayes infuses country music’s time-tested themes—breakups, good times, even the genre itself—with slick pop melodies and an R&B-indebted vibe. Born Charles Edgar Walker Hayes in Mobile, Alabama, in 1979, he resettled in Nashville for a while in the 2000s. Despite the modest success of 2010 single “Pants,” a twanged-up, winking blast of bro country, Hayes eventually lost the Capitol Records deal he’d landed and ended up working at a Costco to support his family. But in 2017, his bouncy single “You Broke Up with Me,” featuring a simple, smooth, and irresistibly catchy whistle-and-guitar riff, hit the Top 10 of the Billboard country chart. The ensuing record, aptly titled boom., expanded on the single’s fresh sound and established Hayes as an artist with a gift for writing songs that stick in your head with the help of his dreamy vocals. In 2018, the reference-heavy “90’s Country” had him using his sweet pop sound to woo a potential lover by paying tribute to the tunes that led him to Nashville; and 2021’s “I Hope You Miss Me” found Hayes playing with more ambitious production, enveloping beachy guitar lines with spacey, jangly ambience.

Mobile, AL, United States of America
December 27, 1979

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