When we hear our favourite country crooners on the radio, it’s hard to imagine they have much of a life aside from the stage. Whether they’re recording a new album, promoting a recent release, or gearing up to go on tour, it seems like the lives of musicians are fast-paced and forever on the road. And while it’s true that their careers are demanding, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a family waiting for them at home.
Many of our favourite country music stars have their very own families. While some of them have been in the industry forever, and thus have had time to grow their brood, others are just beginning to enter the magical world of parenting. Some of these celebs love to give amazing parenting advice, while others admit they’re still figuring out the ropes themselves. If one thing is for sure, it’s that fans will be surprised at what stars have expanded their families in recent years — and at how adorable all of these kids are!
Keep on reading to see our favourite country musicians with their young families. Who knows, these kids could be the very next generation of country music (word has it that Hillary Scott’s daughter has already shown an interest in music!).
20 Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood may be the queen of country music, but at home, her boys just call her mom. The singer married her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher, in 2010 in a lavish ceremony in Greensboro, Georgia. They welcomed their first son Isaiah in 2015, and their second son, named Jacob, last month.
"I think I honestly expected—it's gonna sound weird—but I expected the [opposite of the best]. ... I've never been around babies before, to be honest, but he's so laid-back!" Carrie told People when she first became a mom. "It surprised me that it's a little easier than I thought it was gonna be," she went on. "I think I just expected, like, screaming, crying baby all the time, and he's just happy and smiley and gorgeous."
19 Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a proud dad to two sons!
He and his wife, Carolina Boyer, met at a local bar while students at Georgia Southern University. They were eventually married in 2006 and went on to welcome two boys: Thomas (born in 2008) and Tatum (born in 2010).
“When you start having a family and boys, they certainly influence who you are as a person and as an artist,” Luke has said about fatherhood, County Fancast reports. “I’ve got a song on there that talks about my relationship with my boys, giving them some life lessons and stuff. It’s a feel-good song.”
18 Jamie Lynn Spears
Jamie Lynn Spears famously gave birth to her first daughter Maddie at the young age of sixteen while playing the lead character in Nickelodeon’s Zooey 101.
Since then, however, the celebrity has come a long way from being a teen mom in the spotlight. She went on to marry businessman Jamie Watson in 2014 and they welcomed their daughter Ivey in 2018.
“I would say that being a mom is being a mom: It doesn’t matter if you’re in your teens or not, there should be no excuse to not be a great mother. It doesn’t matter what your age is,” she told People after Ivey’s birth.
17 Jessie James Decker
Country singer Jessie James Decker has been married to NFL star Eric Decker since 2013, and together they have three kiddos: daughter Vivianne (born in 2014), son Eric (born in 2015), and Forrest (born in 2018).
“I definitely feel like [moms] get heat for certain things. I know I’m a great mother, there’s not one doubt in my mind,” she told People magazine last year. “I know that I take care of my babies, I know that they feel loved and they feel happy. I don’t have nannies; I take care of my children.”
The celeb added, “I feel like I want to be a voice for those moms that feel heat from others, or feel judgment because this is a hard job, and if you want to enjoy yourself you do it.”
16 Josh Abbott
Josh Abott — the lead singer of the band of the same name — became a first-time dad in 2017 when his girlfriend, Taylor Parnell, gave birth to their daughter, whom they named Emery Farryn. The singer has since shared that their daughter’s unique moniker means ‘brave adventure.’
“We wanted to do something similar with a girl name to how my brother named his daughter Eisley Dawn, which means ‘Cheerful Beginnings,’ ”Josh told People about his daughter’s name. “And the word ‘brave’ is a word I used to describe Taylor in a song I wrote for her, ‘I’m Your Only Flaw,’ on the new album coming out this year.”
15 Hilary Scott
Hillary Scott is best known as one half of Lady Antebellum. But off stage, her kids just call her mom!
The star has been married to Nashville drummer Chris Tyrell since 2012 after meeting in college. They went on to welcome their first daughter Eisele Kaye in 2013. Then in 2018, the couple welcomed a set of twin girls named Betsy Mack and Emory Joann.
“I think you just have to take it a day at a time and really just soak up every moment you get,” Hillary told Access Hollywood in 2013 about motherhood. “My daughter’s four months old and it’s crazy how fast time has flown. But you just have to live in the moment.”
14 Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean is sure busy — and we’re not just talking about his touring schedule! This country crooner is a father to four kids in total.
He shares two daughters, Keeley and Kendyl, with his first wife Jessica, who he was married to from 2001-2013. The pair eventually split after his romance with former Idol contestant Brittany Kerr was revealed.
Jason and Brittany continued to date following his divorce and made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2014 CMT Awards. They were eventually married in 2015. Their son, Memphis, was born in 2017, and last month they welcomed their first daughter together.
13 Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert has been happily married to Georgia teacher Amber Cochran since 2015. The country singer has admitted she was the inspiration behind his hits like “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “More Than Miles.” In November 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, son Barrett, giving his dad even more to sing about.
“My wife read a lot of the what to expect books and she kind of clued me in here and there," Brantley has shared about parenting, Pop Culture Country reports. "But really I kind of went into it as open minded as possible, not trying to think I knew too much about it too soon. And I’ve kind of approached it from that angle. And for me, that’s helped a lot because it’s a learning process and every day something changes."
12 Chris and Morgan Stapleton
Chris and Morgan Stapleton have been married since 2007 after meeting while working at adjacent publishing houses. In total, the couple has four children. They have one daughter and three boys, including twin sons who were born in 2018. Just last November, the musicians revealed that baby no. 5 is currently on the way!
“I think I laughed for about 20 minutes straight when they told us. I was just [so surprised],” Chris has said about learning he was going to have twins, People magazine reports. “I didn’t know what else to do. … I was in [so surprised]. [That] is the only word.”
11 Rose Falcon and Rodney Atkins
Rose Falcon and Rodney Atkins are one of the cutest musical couples around! The pair were married in a small ceremony in 2013, and welcomed their only child, son Ryder Falcon, in 2017 — although fans hope there are more babies in this couple’s future.
“Falcon is Rose’s maiden name, and I really wanted to honour her dad and her 96-year-old grandpa,” Rodney told People about their son’s edgy name. “I always loved the name Ry, and Rose came up with Ryder — Ryder Falcon!”
Though this was the first child for Rose, it was the second for Rodney, who shares a teenage son, Elijah, from a previous relationship.
10 Dave Hayword
David Haywood is another member of famous country trio Lady Antebellum and, just like his co-musician Hillary Scott, he has quite the brood at home. David married Kelli Cashiola in 2012 and the pair have two children: son Cash (born in 2014) and daughter Lillie Renee (born in 2017).
“We’d like to welcome our beautiful Christmas gift Lillie Renee Haywood,” David wrote in a post to social media after their daughter was born, alongside a photo of his wife and new baby. “She is named after both of her grandmothers. Kelli and Lillie are happy and healthy, and Cash is already a great big brother. God is good!”
9 Tyler Hubbarb
Tyler Hubbarb is most recognizable as one half of the country duo Florida Georgia Line. But, when he’s not tearing it up on stage, his main job is as a doting dad.
The celebrity has been married to Hayley Strommel since 2015, and their daughter, Olivia Rose, was born in 2017. They initially announced they were having a son but later found out the original test was incorrect and they were, in fact, having a daughter.
“Literally like waking up to a little miracle every day. She’s so happy and smiling and she’s kind of the light of our life,” Tyler has said about parenting, Sounds Like Nashville reports. “It’s been cool to learn how to become parents with Hayley and I, just kind of take on that role. I think it was time for the next chapter of life.”
8 Thomas Rhett
Musician Thomas Rhett and his wife made headlines for their unique journey to becoming parents!
The couple were married in 2012 after knowing each other since second grade, adopted their first daughter from Uganda. The adoption was finalized in 2015 and they named her Willa Gray. Their second daughter, Ada James, was born biologically in 2017.
“We don’t have any idea what we’re doing at all," Thomas told Taste of Country after they welcomed their second child. "Willa’s been home for almost a month and I feel like we kind of got spoiled on the front end because Willa sleeps like 12 hours a night, so that’s not gonna happen when the newborn comes.”
7 Kimberly Schlapman
Kimberly Schlapman is better known as a member of famous band Big Little Town. She married her husband, Stephen, in 2006 and gave birth to their daughter, Daisy Pearl, the following year. The couple later adopted another daughter in 2016, who they named Dolly Grace.
While speaking to Serendipity Social, Kimberly revealed one of her favourite things to do with her girls is cook. “If it were up to her, we would be cooking all the time! She loves to measure out the sugar and flour and crack the eggs,” she said speaking about her eldest, who was then 8-years old.
She continued, “She never lets a shell in! She’s been making up recipes since she was 3 years old. Back then they would be hardly edible—my husband would always try them, and I acted like I did. But over the years, she’s gotten really good.
6 Chris Lucas
Chris Lucas is better known as a member of the counry-pop duo Lo Cash, which also features Preston Brust. The celebrity and his wife Kaitlyn have three children: daughters Remi Mckenna and Violet Reid, and son Caden. Their youngest child, Violet, was born in September 2017.
“Violet is named after Kaitlyn’s great-grandma, so Violet’s great-great-grandma,” Chris told People magazine of his daughter’s name. “And Reid is probably what she will go by — [it’s] a name that me and Kait fell in love with.” He continued, “My wife is my rock and backbone that enables me to do what I do. To see her with our three kids makes me look up to God and say thank you for giving me this life and showing me what it’s all about!”
5 Ben Haggard
Ben Haggard (whose mother is the famous Merle Haggard) is busy running a family of his own nowadays! The star made headlines in July of last year after his girlfriend, Jeyda Beyzade, experienced serious complications. Nonetheless, she eventually welcomed a healthy baby boy, who they named Liam James.
“Our lives changed for the better yesterday,” Ben shared online, alongside a photo of his partner and newborn baby, Taste of Country reports. "[This was] one of the hardest but yet most rewarding in my life."
"I remember thinking, 'Ben's going to be on his own with this baby I’ll never get to hold or see,'" Jeyda shared in her own post. “[The baby’s cry was the] best noise I’ve ever heard in my life.”
4 Ashley Monroe
Fans may not know, but Ashley Monroe is one busy mama nowadays! The singer made headlines when she became engaged to John Danks, the starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. The pair were married in 2013 during a ceremony that Blake Shelton officiated, while his (then) wife Miranda Lambert served as matron of honour.
Fast-forward to 2017, Ashley gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son whom they named Dalton William. The star had actually announced her baby news on Christmas day of the following year. “Best present ever. Merry Christmas everyone,” she wrote in the adorable post. “So many new things coming in 2017!!”
3 Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer had quite the dating life before she finally met her match in Washington Redskins tight end Mike Caussin, who she eventually married in 2015 after some ups and downs.
Months after their wedding, they announced Jana was pregnant, and she gave birth to daughter Jolie Rae in 2016. Last November, the pair welcomed their second child, a son whom they named Jace Joseph.
“Being a mom has changed me in so many ways. I had zero patience before kids,” she told People magazine a few months ago. “I love singing, I love acting, I love doing my podcast and creating things, but being a mom is what truly fulfills me. It is the best part of my day, even though it’s the most stressful.”
2 Stephen Barker Liles
Stephen Barker Liles is one half of the country duo Love and Theft. While this is one musician who’s usually a bit more reserved when it comes to his personal life, he has shared about the births of both of his children.
He and his wife Jenna have two children: son Jett (born in 2014) and daughter Rayni Bell (born in 2017).“Everything went smoothly and our doctor was amazing,” the musician told People magazine after the birth of their second child. “We feel so blessed and excited to start this next chapter. I admire my wife so much. She is such an amazing mom! I’m a lucky man.”
1 Randy Rodgers
Randy Rogers is the frontman of the band of the same name, The Randy Rogers Band. He’s also another country star who has an army of kids waiting for him at home.
The musician has three daughters: Isabel (born in 2010), River (born in 2004), and Rainey Ryan (born in 2017). At the 2017 Grammy Block Party, the singer revealed that he’s more than okay with being the dad to a bunch of girls. “I’m gonna have an all-girl band — make them do some punk rock or something,” he said jokingly.