Born in Mobile, Alabama, Walker Hayes was raised in a large blended family. Although he was active in choir and musical theatre, most of his energy was spent on sports. He finally turned his focus back to music when he attended Alabama’s Birmingham-Southern College earning a degree in music with an emphasis in piano before moving on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2005, Walker and his wife re-located to Nashville. Immersed in the culture of Music City, Walker tried his hand at songwriting. Within a year, he had landed his first publishing deal, and later signed a record deal with Capitol Records in 2010. While partnered with Capitol, Walker released his debut album “Reason to Rhyme.”
He has toured with the likes of Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, and even the legendary Doobie Brothers.
Hayes co-wrote the current chart climbing single “Eat, Sleep, Love You, Repeat” for Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins. In addition, Walker wrote “Joy Like Judy” for the nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show. It became the official song for “Pimpin’ Joy Week,” a movement dedicated to inspiring people to choose joy, spread happiness, and do good things for others. Last summer, Hayes appeared on the hit TLC series “19 Kids and Counting.” You can find Hayes in the latest Colt Ford video “Dirty Side.” He co-wrote the tune and contributed background vocals to the project. Walker signed a publishing deal with RareSpark Media Group in January 2015.