Country music reaches souls across America. Whether you’re “trukin” your way through rout 66 or “ridin” on down to south padre island with family and friends. Country Ballads will always be there by your side! Whether you’re “poppin” fun songs by “Tug” McGraw, or “The Queen of Nashville” Dolly Parton. Once that southern tune hits your ear, the sun gets brighter, your heart gets lighter, and love is in the air. Imagine the feeling in the air when our most beloved country couples tie the knot. Did their relationships last? Is the sun always shining on the other side? Read on through and learn who kept the fire burning, and who’s wheels stopped turning.
The Rascals That Fell In-Love
Gary LeVox (the Star member of Rascal Flatts) & Tara Vernon found true love at first site backstage the Gospel Music Festival Decatur Alabama. On an interview on CMT, Radio Gary mentions what could have been the most fabulous day of his life “A lady came up and was standing with her daughter, we were just talking! At that moment it was clear I was looking at my future wife!” He jokingly mentioned that it was “the weirdest thing” that ever happened to him.
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On May, 15th 1999 Gary & Tara tied the knot! Together they have two daughters, Brittany Kay Vernon, born August 26, 2000, and Brooklyn Leigh Vernon, born March 21, 2004. Twenty years of marriage and this country couple is still madly in love! They settled down in Tennessee, and still consider Ohio “Home Sweet Home,”
But is every love, love at first sight?
A Long Road to Love
Jennifer Nettles known for her singing role in the hit country duo Sugarland Lives a happy life with her beloved husband, Justin Miller. After dating for two years, the couple tied the knot under the beautiful Autumn sunset of the blackberry farm in Tennessee, but things were not always so easy sunny for the young country singer.
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Her first marriage began in 1998 and lasted until 2007 when Jennifer and her then-husband Todd Van Dyke. The years in between may have been hard, but Jennifer proves to us that as long as you keep moving, true love will follow. In December 2012 Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller conceived a beautiful baby boy and named him Magnus Hamilton Miller.
Martina McBride and John McBride
If you ask any sound engineer who he sees more, the family or the artist? The answer will always be the ladder! It’s safe to say that sometimes love finds its way in the studio too! Martina McBride gained national fame in 1991 when she decided to cross over to the pop-country genre ultimately joining the ranks of stars like Shania Twain.
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Years earlier she met Sound engineer John McBride. They have been happily married since 1998 and have three daughters together: Delaney Katharine, Emma Justine, and Ava Rose Kathleen. Martina often says that being there for her kids is the top “priority” for her in life.
Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Christmas and country music go hand in hand! The same goes for power couple Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
Amy Grant is strong and inspiring, the media personality who boasts her talents singing. Songwriting, writing books and even acting. There was nothing Grant couldn’t do! For years Amy focused on her love for Gospel and Christian country. Later in her carrier, she crossed over to Christian Pop. Country singer Vince Gill gave her the call and asked her to join his Christmas Special.
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They stayed great friends and even ended up divorcing their original spouses to get married. In March of 2000, Amy and Vince read their vowels to one another and had a daughter name Corrina together. The next country icon had to hurdle some headlines before ultimately finding true love. Scroll down to find out more!
A Young Mother with a Country Soul
The children of America started running to their television to catch the next episode of the hit Nickelodeon show “Zoey 101”. The routine is fresh in any millennial mind. Get home from school throw your bag at the door, jump on the couch, and become captivated by the fun country actress that was Jamie Lynn Spears. The success though was short-lived, and as her fans started to mature, so did Jamie, and in 2005 the actress made headlines in a not so friendly media regarding her teenage pregnancy, putting her carrier on halt.
That was until 2013. That year Jamie Lynn Spears Released her first country single and an EP, probably wanting to explore a musical journey like her older sister, iconic pop star Britney Spears. In 2012 Jamie started dating voice actor and successful businessman Jamie Watson, after a couple of years of love and friendship. The two set out on a different journey than what young Zoey may have imagined at 16 and had a wonderful wedding under the stars of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Not Always Fateful
When some things are perfect, other things falter. Prioritizing music and family can be hard. Jason Aldean was able to secure himself as one of the greats, having eighteen singles reach the number one spot on the Hot Country Song chart, as well as the Country Airplay chart. Eight more singles reached the top ten.
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At the time he was married to his “high school sweetheart,” Jessica Ussery. Soon after rumors of Aldean’s affair with American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr, they divorced. Jason and his mistress would go on to date for another year and tie the know in March 2015.
Make Way for the Queen!
The Best-Selling female artist the history of country music, Shania Twain is an Icon in her own respect. Her hits cornered the country Bill Board’s from 1997 all the way to 2017. Her work produced country ballads that ultimately sold over 100 million records. There is a reason she’s known as the “Queen of Country Pop.” She was married first to producer Robert John Lange, also known as “Mutt.” Like many country stars, they crossed paths in Nashville at the popular Nashville Fan Fair. Despite their divorce, their 1993 nuptials were not short lived. They birthed their son Eja in 2001, and like monarchies of the past, adultery would lurk the walls of their union.
“Mutt” did something any queen could never forgive. Robert did not just cheat on Shania, he betrayed her by sleeping with her then best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who was at the time married to Frédéric Thiébaud: the same man Shania would end up ultimately marrying three years after her divorce in 2010. Many speculations on drew wind that Shania’s voice was damaged by the tragic divorce. She later states “I want to correct that! I lost my voice from Lyme disease. The stress of the divorce added to the dysphonia, which is a tension around the larynx. The divorce is part of it, but not the root of it”. This Country Romance is really one for the history books!
The next couple on the list did things a bit different, as country relationships can go any which way you can think, what direction did this one go?
Darius Rucker and Beth Rucker
An American household: name Hootie and the Blowfish (one of the catchier band names in history) was loved by all young and old. Country singer and songwriter Darius Rucker lead the way as the band’s singer and guitarist. In his early work, he had released an R&B album as a solo artist. In 2008 Rucker made his pivot to “country” and never turned back after signing a deal with Capitol Nashville. In April of 1995 a girlfriend not, much is known about by the name of Elizabeth Ann Phillips, had conceived his first daughter Caroline Pear Phillips (who graduated from early 2018) Him and his new wife Beth Leonard are madly in love and work every day to keep the fire burning bright! The two met when Darius was still with Hootie and the Blowfish, and Beth at the time was working for iconic TV Station VH1.
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Beth needed some convincing, but Rucker would not let up. In his interview with publication “TheBoot,” he’s quoted as saying: “I had been trying to get her to go out with me, and she wouldn’t. I was in New York [with Hootie & the Blowfish], and it was one of those rare nights off. I didn’t have anything to do — we always had something to do when we were in New York! We had the night off, and I was just in my hotel room. She called me and said, ‘Hey, do you want to go see this play?’ I was like, ‘Sure!'” Darius later goes on to reflect on the hardships of the relationship referring to Beth as “the strongest” woman he had ever known. They were young, and he was busy being a musician, and she would wait for him to come home for long tours. Beth always stuck by his side. The two married in the year 2000 and are the first interracial couple of country music history. They have since birthed two children Daniella Rose and little Jack.
A true American spirit is what you can think of when you see this country power couple.
A Career Scared by Tragedy
Craig Morgan is a family man. A loyal American, and a hard-working musician. After releasing his first country album in 2000 via Atlantic Records with 17 singles reaching the Billboard Country Charts. 6 of them reaching the top ten! Craig and his wife, Karen, bared witness to the birth of four children: one daughter named Aly, as well as three sons. Kyle, Jerry, and Wyatt. In July 2016 Jerry was declared missing after an innertube accident on the Tennessee River. Luckily the body was recovered ten days later.
He was only nineteen years old at the time of his harrowing death. The family expressed their faith helped them get through it all. In a quote from Taste of Country ” hope that the viewers get the essence of faith and understand that you can do it! You can pull yourself together and make something good, and do something good for the world,” Karen says.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
The son of country star Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett has reached the number one spot charts like Country Airplay, and Hot Country Songs chart. He knew Lauren Greggory since they were in the first grade and they officially tied the knot in October 2012!
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Thomas and Lauren struggled to conceive and shared that struggle openly, and during the finalization of an adoption process, Lauren Akins learned that she is pregnant. They chose to embrace both gifts of life and have both proving the new life is always a blessing!
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans
After releasing her first country pop album in 2015, Ballerini was nominated for a Grammy: “Best New Artist” She describes her engagement with Australian musician Moran Evans Saying: “he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes, and asked me to marry him! Loving him has been the greatest gift of my life, now I get to do it for forever.”
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The two met while co-hosting an award show in Australia.
Mo Pitney and Emily Bankester
Not knowing that one day they would be a celebrity couple Mo Pitney, and Emily Bankester met as teenagers a simple bluegrass festival, Mo immediately fell for her. In 2016 they held a wedding at a church in her hometown of Carbondale, Illinois. Having a top 10 album wasn’t enough for Pitney. He needed to be with the love of his life and know that they would never part.
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Dean Berner was a member of the “country” group “Edens Edge.” After taking a knee where they shared their first kiss sparks were flying all over! In April 2016 his post on Facebook made it public: “She said YES! WE’RE ENGAGED!!! We’re so excited to share our happiness with our family, friends, and loved ones around the world and elsewhere.”
The Best New Year’s Ever!
Craig Wayne Boyd was best known as a well like a contestant on his reality show “The Voice” Boyd married his girlfriend: Model Taylor Borland. The two bore the biggest gift of all. A little girl born on New Year’s Eve!
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Their Daughter Dakota Lynne would have a big half brother as well from Boyd’s previous relationship. His three-year-old son named Jaxon
Nick Hoffman and Natalie Murphy
Nick Hoffman Married the Lovely singer-songwriter in May 2016. Hoffman is quoted saying the day after their wedding “There are no words to explain how perfect yesterday was! I am truly a blessed man.” Nick is a southern household name.
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The vocalist and fiddle player for “The Farm” whose album featured two top 40 singles on the Country Airplay Chart. Songs like “Home Sweet Home,” an “Be Grateful.”
A little Bit of Country A little Bit of NFL & and a Few Months of Divorce
Most Recognized for her role on TV series One Tree Hill, Alex Dupre. Jana Kramer released her first single in 2012 off of her self-titled album with Elektra Records. She Appeared on the twenty-third season of Dancing with the Stars. She shared a short-lived marriage with husband Michael Gambino in 2004 as they divorced a few months later.
In 2014 she began dating Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Mike Caussin. Their relationship flourished with their marriage starting in May in 2015.
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer
Chely Wright is a country music singer and an outspoken gay rights activist. Growing up, Wright had secret relationships with women, with the second lasting from 1993 until 2004, calling her “the love of my life.” However, Blitzer went on to have an affair with country singer Brad Paisley, even though she did not have romantic feelings towards him.
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After breaking things off with him, she finally came out as a lesbian to her family and the public. She is now married to LGBT rights activist Lauren Blitzer, and the couple has identical twin sons.
Willie Nelson and Annie D’Angelo
Almost every American of all ages has heard seen and loved Willie Nelson, he acted in various films such as Dukes of Hazzard, and half baked. His soft country style makes you feel like your hearing your close sing in the living room on a cold Christmas Ever. Nelson has had 4 wives and birthed 7 children.
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2 of which (Lukas Autra Willie Nelson, and Jacob Micah Willie Nelson) are from his fourth and current wife, Annie D’Angelo. But Nelson is not the only country giant to be married so many times.
Kenny Rogers and Wanda Miller
A Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. On October 25th, 2017, Rogers held his Farewell Concert along with sets from some of the greatest legends of country music of all time! Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Ellie King, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd; even the Flaming Lips came to pay high respects to their dear friend Kenny! “A lifetime of friendship and I could not be more honored to be part of Kenny’s Farewell Concert Celebration,” Says Richie, “ It’s going be a blast!” Kenny Rogers like his comrade Willie Nelson has been married many times.
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Five to be exact! In 1997 he settled down with his current wife, Wanda Miller. Rogers has five children, Christopher Cody, Jordan Edward, Justin Charles, Kenny Jr., and Carole. Out of the five, Justin and Jordan were the children he had with his true love, Wanda Miller.
Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer
Both attending Georgia Southern University. Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer met at a local bar called “Dingus Magees” quite a way to meet the love of your life! In December 2006 the two love birds declared their union, and would later go on to raise two sons as well as Lukes nephew Tilden.
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There sons names are Thomas “Bo” Boyer, and Tatum “Tate,” Christopher Bryan.
Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski
Nominated for the CMA song of the year award in 2015, Randy Houser in known for boasting several successful singles. He married his first wide, Jesse Lee Yantz in 2011, and had one son together before divorcing two years later.
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House later married his second wife, Tatiana Starzynski. Whom he wed in May of 2016.
Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrrell
Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrell had a long history before ultimately getting married in January 2012. Their bands Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft opened for Tim Mcgraw’s 2010 Southern Voice tour.
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The two became engaged in 2010 after dating for one year. They had their first born, daughter Eisele Kaye Tyrell, in July 2013
Back To Rascal Flatts
Miss Georgia USA and runner up for Miss USA in 2001 Tiffany Fallon fell head over heels for Joe Don Rooney (lead guitarist of Rascal Flatts.) of which he was a member of since 1992. It’s hard to tell between the two of them who’s more of a catch!
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The lead guitarist of the iconic duo, or the Playmate of the Year in 2005? Together they raised three children. Jagger Donavan Rooney, Raquel Blue Rooney, and Devon Olivia Rooney.
Natalie Maines and Adrian Pasdar
The Dixie Chicks are an American past time, the all-female group was a true American past time! If you were a little boy or girl growing up in the early 2000’s chances are you heard momma singing along to their upbeat fun jams. The Dixie Chics were at the forefront of the country revolution and converted new fans from across the nation. Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the band, married twice.
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Once in 1997 to her Michael Tarabay, and after a divorce two years later, Maines met actor Adrian Pasdar, at a wedding for (bandmate) Emily Erwin’s wedding. After dating a year, the two exchanged vowels in June of 2000 at Las Vegas venue A Little white wedding Chapel. The pair have two sons together, Jackson Slade Pasdar, and Beckett Finn Pasdar.
A Family of Love and Fame
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock had a small private wedding in Lake Tahoe. Blackstock was her manager, and they shared a great friendship before walking down the aisle. McEntire is not only one of the most well-known female faces in the country, but she also has a very successful acting career! In fact, her own show called Reba was a hit! A show about family, love, and friendship. There she was able to show the world the kind of Reba she is with her own family at home.
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She maintains a great relationship with her three stepsons as well as the boy she conceived with Narvel Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock. Her stepson Brandon is married to famous American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, so you know love is always around at the dinner table as long as Reba is there to dish it out!
LGBTQ At the Forefront of Country
Country music singer Chely Wright and her wife Music Executive Lauren Blitzer are among the 9 million Americans who have struggled to not just come to terms with their sexual identity, but more so, be accepted in their community. In her early career, Chely was made to feel she needed to keep her lesbian identity to herself.
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After Marrying in 2011, the first openly gay couple in the history of country music has received tons of support but also a backlash, and numerous death threats against them! This would not stop them from pursuing their careers, it only pushed them to fight more, and become outspoken gay rights activist. In 2013 they shattered the glass ceiling and through artificial insemination, were able to conceive identical twin sons named for their grandfathers: George Samuel & Everette Joseph. In a quote from America’s People they said: “We Are so grateful for the amazing medical care, and the support of family and friends!” They are true examples of the resilience of the American dream.
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge
Serving your nation is one of the hardest duty’s an American can undertake. Cold sleepless nights coupled with early mornings, humping gear across unknown frontiers, and facing the enemy. Many Americans have left the comfort of their freedom behind so they can protect the greatest democracy in the world! Many may not know it, but this is exactly where Kris Kristofferson started his humble career. He took the military work ethic with him in every challenge he faced.
Going on to collaborate with the greats of American music such as Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash! Winning the Golden Globe’s prestigious Best Actor Award for his unforgettable performance in “A Star Is Born” His fame would take him into the hands of the classy American sweetheart Rita Coolidge who was in her own right inspirational to Americans across the nation. After exchanging vowels in 1973, the couple went on to be married for seven years, ultimately splitting in 1980.
Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser
Born Christina Claire Ciminella in Ashland, Kentucky, in 1964. Changed her name to Wynonna in 1977 at the age of 13 after her mother took her biblical name “Naomi” after divorcing Wynonna’s father that year. She got her new name from the classic line in the hit song “Rout 66” – “Flagstaff Arizona, don’t forget Wynonna” It was clear from the start that she would be a something special. Like a child holding the note during fun harmonizing sessions, Judd shared with their mother around the dinner table. Reportedly singing classics of Kentucky’s bluegrass singers.
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The mother and daughter duo would rock America’s hearts. After her mother, Naomi was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis in 1990. Wynonna usually the silent partner between the two decided to keep on pushing and began a solo career in 1991. Despite a failed marriage with Arch Kelly III lasting only two years, Wynonna raises two children the couple conceived. Later in her life, she married the love of her life Cactus Moser in 2012, Moser is most known for his role in the band Highway 101.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Carrie Underwood is an American Idol who’s named unarguably took the American reality show to international prominence. She had a charming smile, she was sharp, strong intelligent, and made the country’s heart melt. She met her husband Mike Fisher backstage of one of her concerts in 2008.
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Two years later they had their royal country wedding in Greensboro, Georgia. Their flourishing marriage fruited they’re first born in February in 2015 named Isaiah Michael.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Taylor swifts “Favourite Country Singer.” What else needs to be said? Tim McGraw boasts a whopping back to back eleven CMA Awards and ten American Music Awards. Out of his fourteen albums, ten reached the number one spot on the Top Country Albums chart.
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His Relationship with Faith Hill is high-profile, to say the least. Married under the spotlight of fame since 1996 the two birthed three lovely daughters together.
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams are a match made in heaven. Praise the well-accomplished musician began his relationship with actress Kimberly Williams in 2001 after watching her performance in Father of the Bride. They worked together quite a bit too! She appeared in a music video for his song “I’m Gonna Miss Her, (This Fishing Song).”
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The two had a romantic wedding at the Campus Chapel fo the Pepperdine University. They have two sons together, William Huckleberry born in 2007, and Jasper Warren, born in April 2009.