Luke CombsHe is a well-known country musician, incorporating the sounds of Nashville into his albums. In addition to his success in Music City, he’s enjoying a loving marriage to his wife, Nicole Combs.
Luke was a North Carolina native who had left everything behind to follow his dream of being a country music star. Nicole lived in Nashville and worked for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) — and the rest was honky tonk history. A few years later, the couple would be walking the red carpet at ACM Awards and making people swoon with their romance.
The pair’s love story started at a songwriters’ festival in Nicole’s home state of Florida in 2016. They are now a mainstay of the country music scene. Nicole inspired many of her husband’s biggest (and most romantic) hits, including “Better Together,” “Nothing Like You” and “Beautiful Crazy.”
They were engaged in 2018 and they exchanged vows in 2020. Two years later, they welcomed Tex Lawrence, their first child.
Scroll down as we dive deeper into the relationship that gave country lovers the song “Forever After All.”
2016 to 2017
The Nashville transplants met at Santa Rosa Beach’s 30A Songwriters Festival before their love blossomed in the city they called home. Nicole spotted Luke among the crowd at the event and invited him over to spend time with her friends.
Interview with Nashville Lifestyles, Luke shared, “I could tell she was different than anybody I had ever met.” Once they returned home to Nashville, they talked for a while before jumping into a relationship.
“I realized we could hang out and just be ourselves in front of each other,” Nicole told Nashville Lifestyles. “I could wear no makeup and be my weird self — because we’re all weird, but we get to choose who to share that side of us with. We could be each other’s weird in front of each other. That’s when it was like, ‘You know what? This guy’s a keeper.’”
At that point, Combs was still “a starving artist,” Nicole recalled. He didn’t have any major hits, no record deals and no Grammy nominations.
This was enough for the Florida Coast University alum. Still, the musician felt he had to put in the work to fully win Nicole’s heart.
Combs wrote the song “Beautiful Crazy” for her early on in their courtship, and they kept that song between the two of them for a couple of years before its 2017 release.
Luke previously scored his big break with his song “Hurricane,” which charted for a short time throughout 2015 and into 2016, catching the attention of country music news hub Sounds Like Nashville, who went on to include him in their 2016 “Artists to Watch” list.
Columbia Nashville, a subsidiary Sony Music Nashville signed the rising country singer in October 2016. The label re-released “Hurricane,” which had only been available on iTunes until then.
The debut single reached No. 1 in May 2017. Luke was the first solo male artist to reach the top of the charts for a multiple-week period. 1 debut single since Darius Rucker in 2008, per Vulture.
2018 to 2020
Fast forward a couple of years and Luke had achieved country music stardom — with Nicole by his side.
On November 29, 2018, the crooner announced that he proposed to his longtime love … and she said yes! The happy news was shared via celebratory Instagram photos while on vacation in Hawaii. Although the actual proposal occurred weeks earlier when the couple moved to their new home, it was celebrated by the duo.
Shortly after going public with their engagement, the twosome decided to let the world finally hear their private love song “Beautiful Crazy” — and it rocked the country world.
Luke officially released the romantic music video for streaming the same week the duo’s engagement made headlines. Their sweet song touched the hearts of millions and was named Song of the year at the Country Music Awards in 2019. Amid the excitement, the biggest relationship milestone for the couple was a millennial right of passage — adopting a dog together. Jojo was adopted by the couple in 2019.
Luke and Nicole were married for more than four decades. They tied the knot in a private ceremony on the Florida beach on August 1, 2020, after more than four years of being together.
“Yesterday was the best day of my life. I got to marry my best buddy. I love you @nicohocking, here’s to forever,” the songwriter gushed via Instagram after the nuptials.
The ceremony was a private confession of their love for one another, but Luke singing “Better Together” at the Academy of Country Music Awards was a much more public one. That night, he took home Album Of The Year for “What You See Is What You Get,” as well as “Best Male Vocalist,” and Nicole celebrated alongside him.
2021 to Present
Marriage wasn’t all smooth sailing for the lovebirds. The moment Luke forgot to thank his wife when he was awarded Entertainer of the year at the 2021 CMA Awards quickly became viral. But the mistake had a deeper meaning. After his name was announced, the North Carolina native was clearly shocked.
During his post-acceptance interview, he corrected his error AccessHe explained that he had forgotten in the heat of the moment. He continued, “I love you, [Nicole]You know I love and cherish you. I don’t even have to say it, you know I love you.”
The announcement that the couple was expecting their first child marked the beginning of 2022 with a lot of excitement. The good news came via Instagram, with Luke revealing, “Here we go y’all! This Spring, Lil Dude Combs will be here! Couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this babe. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.”
Six months later, the couple’s special day finally arrived, and they welcomed their baby boy into the world. Son Tex Lawrence Combs (named after Luke’s great-uncle) was born on June 19, 2022. What better day to make a man a father than on Father’s Day?