Clay Walker and his wife, Jessica Craig, are expecting their sixth child together!
The Texas native announced the news of his wife’s pregnancy on Tuesday (April 11). Their new bundle of joy, a baby girl, will arrive in the fall of 2023.
“We are beyond excited about having a little girl!” Walker, 53, shared via a press release. “Her brothers and sisters are waiting her arrival. God is great.”
The country legend’s new addition will mark his sixth baby with his wife, Jessica, and his eighth overall.
Clay and Jessica also share Christiaan Michael, 2, Ezra Stephen, 5, Elijah Craig, 10, Mary Elizabeth Walker, 13, and William Clayton, 14. The “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” singer also has two adult daughters, Skylor ClayAnne, 23, and MaClay DaLayne, 27, from his previous marriage to Lori Jayne Lampson, who he divorced in May of 2006 after nearly 14 years of marriage.
The country music hitmaker previously opened up to PEOPLE about his family, when the couple welcomed their fifth child together.
“Our kids all have a really good foundation and because our family is rock solid, welcoming another child into our home and into our lives is a blessing,” Walker told the outlet in August of 2020, when he and Jessica welcomed their fifth child together.
How Did Clay Walker Meet His Wife Jessica Craig?
Clay Walker and his wife Jessica Craig met at the 39th Annual CMA Awards in New York in 2005.
He later proposed to Jessica in November of 2006 on the steps of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas, which is the same place Jessica’s grandfather asked her grandmother to marry him. The elaborate proposal included a horse-drawn carriage ride as well as a quartet, who sang “Edelweiss,” a tune from the iconic film, The Sound Of Music. Jessica’s parents and Clay’s two children from his prior marriage were also present to witness the proposal.
In September of 2007, Clay and Jessica tied the knot in New Orleans.
Clay Walker is best known for hits such as “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Live Until I Die” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.” He has released eleven studio albums, including a Christmas project and Greatest Hits album. His first four albums have gone on to earn Platinum certification in the United States, while his fifth studio album and his holiday project achieve Gold certifications.
Over the course of his three-decade career, he has charted over 30 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart and earned 11 No. 1 hits.
Recently Released A New Album And Returned To Country Radio
In July of 2021, Walker released his eleventh studio album, Texas To Tennessee, via Toby Keith’s record label Show Dog Nashville.
“Throughout my career, there have been key people who helped me put albums together, find or write good songs and get them out to fans,” Walker shared via his website. “But I saw something with this album I’ve not experienced: what it takes to make a championship happen. The songs are your deep-threat wide receivers. The full support of your record label is the offensive line. Michael and Jaron – these guys ran through walls for me. Everyone has done their part and it’s impressive. You can have talent, be famous or have a few hits, but you can’t win the Super Bowl without champions around you. Man, I’ve got ’em.”
Produced by Michael Knox, Texas To Tennessee features 10 tracks, including his latest radio single “Catching Up With An Ol’ Memory” as well as the fan-favorite tunes “Need A Bar Sometimes,” “Country Side” and more.
“The studio can be intimidating for artists because we don’t do this all the time,” Walker explained of his current radio single via his official website. “I’m sure this is part of producers doing their job in being cheerleaders, but when I was singing ‘Memory,’ Michael Knox got on the talk-back mic with the band and goes, ‘We got us a real singer, boys. I think this might be the album take.’ That was nice to hear. And then for him to show the respect for that vocal in how it was mixed with vocals at the forefront and all that space around it … Singing well is important to me. Having integrity in my vocal cords, continuing to take voice lessons and working on having what I’m going to call free tone – hey, if you’re not trying to get better you never will.”
The project’s title is a reference to Walker recording the album in both Nashville, Tennessee and Galveston, Texas. He co-wrote every track on the album, and six were co-written by Boyer, who co-produced the project alongside Knox.
Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis In 2006
In 2006, Clay Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Walker has become a passionate advocate and fundraiser for others with the chronic disease through his Band Against MS foundation. Among his fundraising efforts is the annual Clay Walker Charity Classic at Pebble Beach. “The golf event highlights the highly active way Walker has approached MS, continuing to perform and raise a growing family while showing no signs of slowing,” according to his official website.
2023 Country Side Tour
Additionally, Clay Walker is currently in the midst of his 2023 Country Side Tour, which kicked off on February 1 in Clearwater, Florida at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The trek is scheduled to run through July 29, where it wraps up in Stockville, NE at Frontier County Fairgrounds. Additional tour dates are expected to be announced soon.
For a full list of Clay Walker’s upcoming tour dates and additional information, visit his official website HERE.