He’s young, handsome, energetic, and, of course talented, it’s almost hard to believe that Walker Hayes is the father of six beautiful children. It’s harder to believe that he and wife, Laney, lost their daughter, Oakleigh, in childbirth just last summer. Since then, though, Walker has found a “higher purpose.”
On the red carpet at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, he spoke with Entertainment Tonight.
“When you wake up from a tragedy or a loss like that, I don’t know this, but a lot of stuff just seems dumb in your life, especially my job,” he said. “I have so much fun that when that happened, when I woke up, I was like, what am I even doing because I leave my family a lot, I don’t see my wife or kids as much as I want.”
He went on to say, “What has helped me is to look for a little bit of a higher purpose in what I do and to not focus so much on me.” Instead, he is focusing on his family and his fans. He continues, “There are fans right now who need me to sing. They need me to say stuff. They need me to tackle those challenging issues about tragedy and stuff with my music.”
Walker admitted, “Oddly enough, it made what I do seem super small—and then it made me really realize that what I do is important and I’m called to do it.”
It seems that Walker is being called to brighten spirits and get toes tapping with his current single, “90s Country,” which is just a heckuva a lot of fun.