This Father’s Day, we’re checking in on some of country music’s biggest stars to talk about dear old dad. Some stars pay tribute to their own fathers while others open up about what it’s like to be a father themselves. Here’s a rundown of what we found:
— Jake Owen is celebrating his first Father’s Day since the arrival of his daughter, Pearl, last Thanksgiving. Back when his career took off with “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Jake never would have believed he’d be married with a kid at this point in his life.
He says, “Things happen quickly in life, and here we are, two years later, and my wife and I have a little girl, and it’s pretty awesome. There’s nothing more fulfilling than bein’ a dad. That’s for sure.”
Now that Pearl is here, Jake has turned into that dad who can’t stop showing pictures of his kid to friends and fans.
“People say, ‘Do you have any photos of her?’ And I’ll spend the next, you know, 15, 20 minutes just thumb-scrolling through my iPhone to show them pictures of my little girl,” Jake admits. “It’s pretty bad, actually, but I’m proud of her. I like showin’ her off.”
— Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott will welcome her first child next month, and she credits her dad, Lang, for giving her the skills to be a good parent herself. When she was growing up, Hillary’s dad made it a point to teach her the art of communicating well.
She says, “My dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully.”
That open communication with her dad has served Hillary well as she’s embarked on her marriage with husband, Chris Tyrell.
“I think it helped me find the right husband for me,” Hillary explains, “and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children.”
— Justin Moore‘s new album, Off the Beaten Path, is due out September 17, and fans will hear the influence of Justin’s two young daughters in the new music.
Justin admits, “I’ve definitely been inspired by my little girls in writing. I’ve always said throughout my career that anything that you do in your personal life affects, or anything you go through, affects the artist and the songwriter that you are.”
Justin still sings about having a good time on tracks like his latest single, “Point at You,” but becoming a dad has mellowed him out just a bit.
“I think it’s been a good thing,” he says.
— The Band Perry‘s Neil, Reid and Kimberly Perry all get certain traits from their parents, but they all agree Neil is the most like their father, Steve.
Says Reid, “Their mannerisms are just alike. Not only the way that they’ll talk and walk and sit, but even their hobbies. Both of them are gadget guys as far as they have the iPad and the iPad Mini and the iPhone.”
Kimberly adds, “Even their mannerisms…the details of certain posture things and smiles, laughs…it’s like scarily similar.”
Neil chimes in that he also got his good looks from his dad. He says with a laugh, “It’s pretty…unbelievable. Just kidding.”
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