WALKER HAYES RELEASES NEW BOOK:
GLAD YOU’RE HERE
“Glad You’re Here” Arena Tour On Sale Now
Nashville, TN – On the heels of a breakthrough year filled with a Grammy nomination, five ACM Award nominations, a CMT Award nomination, six nominations for the upcoming 2022 Billboard Music Awards, and a just announced arena tour, Walker Hayes releases his first book – “Glad You’re Here” – written with his best friend Craig Allen Cooper.
When Craig Cooper and Walker Hayes met, Walker was an alcoholic atheist reeling from the backlash of a failed music career. The name “Craig” will likely sound familiar to fans, as it’s the name of a Walker Hayes song in which he documents the day Craig entered his life, when the pastor he barely knew gifted the Hayes family a car during a time of need. It helped the family through one of their toughest moments and led Hayes down his path towards finding hope in faith. The two are now as close as brothers, moving next door to each other during the pandemic, and even ripping out the fence between their homes as a testament to the power of the gospel to break down barriers and unite people together in Christ.
“Glad You’re Here” tells the story of that journey of faith and friendship. Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today Show calls the book “captivating” saying “both Walker and Craig are lit from inside!” while Bart Millard, lead singer of the Grammy nominated band MercyMe, said it “stopped me in my tracks,” and it’s an “incredible story to tell.”
Hayes also announced last week that he will be embarking on the Glad You’re Here arena tour this fall. The fifteen-city trek will kick off in Johnstown, PA on September 29, with special guest Parmalee, and marks Hayes’ first-time headlining arenas after selling out theaters across the country on “The Fancy Like” tour this winter.
Not even a year ago, Hayes released the smash-hit “Fancy Like” which catapulted him into super-stardom. In addition to hitting number one at country radio, the track held the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for over six months, and saw Hayes perform everywhere from the American Music Awards to the halftime show of the AFC Championship game. His follow up “AA,” is currently climbing the radio charts, holding firm on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, and recently found Hayes on this year’s ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards performing the hit single.
Now, Hayes takes these songs, plus his deep catalogue of fan favorites like “Don’t Let Her” and “90s Country,” and the RIAA multi-Platinum “You Broke Up With Me,” on the road for his arena headlining Glad You’re Here Tour.
The Glad You’re Here Tour:
9/29 – 1st Summit Arena, Johnstown, PA
9/30 – Visions Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY
10/1 – Mountain Health Arena, Huntington, WV
10/7 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
10/8 – DCU Center, Worcester, MA
10/13 – Dow Event Center Arena, Saginaw, MI
10/14 – Corbin Arena, Corbin, KY
10/15 – Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
10/21 – Alliant Energy Powerhouse, Cedar Rapids, IA
10/22 – Danny Sanford Premiere Center, Sioux Falls, SD
11/5 – Mechanics Bank Arena, Bakersfield, CA
11/7 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA
11/10 – Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
11/11 – Theater of the Clouds, Portland, OR
11/12 – Angel Of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA
ABOUT WALKER HAYES:
Monument Records recording artist, Walker Hayes, is a GRAMMY Nominated singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. His recent album County Stuff The Album features single “AA” and smash hit “Fancy Like.” “Fancy Like” has topped every sales and streaming chart since its release, spending a collective 6 months and counting at the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. The song was featured in a national Applebee’s ad campaign and hit the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs chart.
Hayes has performed his music, including the Double-Platinum RIAA certified hit “You Broke Up With Me,” to national audiences on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the TODAY Show, and was profiled for CBS Sunday Morning.
ABOUT CRAIG ALLEN COOPER
Craig Cooper is a gifted storyteller and Bible teacher. For over twenty years, he has spoken at numerous churches, men’s retreats, college campuses, and various gatherings. He has traveled across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia with a desire to see and serve the world. An encourager at heart, Craig’s passion is to help people perceive the gifts of God in their lives and deploy them for Jesus’ glory. Having served as one of the founding pastors of Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee, Craig now resides in the greater Nashville area with his amazing wife, Laura, and their four kids as next-door neighbors to the Hayes family. You can follow Craig on Instagram @craigallencooper and for more information or speaking inquiries, please visit craigallencooper.com.