Luke Combs is a well-known musician in the country music industry, weaving the sound of Nashville into his albums. In addition to his success in Music City, he enjoys a loving marriage with his wife, Nicole Combs.
Before Luke met his wife, he left everything behind in North Carolina and moved to Tennessee in search of country music stardom. Nicole lived in Nashville and worked for BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) — and the rest was honky tonk history. Just a few years later, the couple would walk the red carpet at the ACM Awards and make fans swoon with their romance.
The couple’s love story began at a songwriting festival in Nicole’s home state of Florida in 2016. Now they are an integral part of the modern country music scene. Nicole inspired many of her husband’s biggest (and most romantic) hits, including “Better Together,” “Nothing Like You” and “Beautiful Crazy.”
The couple got engaged in 2018 and exchanged vows in 2020. Two years later, they welcomed their first son, Tex Lawrence.
Scroll down as we dive deeper into the relationship that gave country fans the song “Forever After All.”
The Nashville transplants met at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, before their romance really blossomed in the city they each called home. Nicole spotted Luke across the crowd at the event, inviting him to hang out with her friends.
In an interview with Nashville Lifestyles, Luke shared, “I could tell she was unlike anyone I’d ever met.” When they returned home to Nashville, they talked for a while before getting into a relationship.
“I realized that we can hang out and be in front of each other,” Nicole said Nashville Lifestyles. “I could go without makeup and be weird – because we’re all weird, but we can choose who we share that side of us with. We could be weird in front of each other. Then it was like, ‘You know what? This guy is a keeper.”
At that point, Combs was still a “starving artist,” Nicole recalled. He had no big hits, no record deal and no Grammy nominations.
For the Florida Coast University alum, that was more than enough. Nevertheless, the musician felt that he had to make an effort to fully win Nikola’s heart.
Combs wrote the song “Beautiful Crazy” for her early in their courtship, and kept the song between the two of them for several years before its 2017 release.
Luke previously scored his big break with his song “Hurricane,” which briefly charted in 2015 and 2016, catching the attention of the country music news outlet Sounds like Nashvillewho included him in his 2016 “Artists to Watch” list.
Columbia Nashville (Sony Music Nashville subsidiary) discovered his talent and signed the rising country artist to a contract in October 2016. The label re-released “Hurricane”, which until then was only available on iTunes.
As of May 2017, the debut single was No. 1 on the charts for two consecutive weeks, making Luke the first male solo artist to have a multi-week No. 1 debut since Darius Rucker in 2008, according to Vulture.
2018 to 2020
Fast forward a few years and Luke has found country music stardom – with Nicole by his side.
On November 29, 2018, the singer announced that he proposed to his longtime love… and she said yes! The duo shared their happy news via celebratory Instagram posts while on vacation in Hawaii, although the actual proposal took place a few weeks prior when the couple moved into their new home.
Shortly after going public with their engagement, the two 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 hit the headlines. Their sweet serenade touched the hearts of millions, even winning Song of the Year at the 2019 Country Music Awards. Amid the excitement, the couple’s biggest relationship milestone was a millennial right of passage — adopting a dog together. The couple welcomed a puppy named Jojo in 2019.
More than four years into their relationship, Luke and Nicole tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on a beach in South Florida on August 1, 2020.
“Yesterday was the best day of my life. I have to marry my best friend. I love you @nicohocking, here’s to forever,” the songwriter wrote on Instagram after the wedding.
The ceremony was a private acknowledgment of their love for each other, but Luke singing “Better Together” at the Academy of Country Music Awards was much more public. He took home album of the year for “What You See Is What You Get” as well as “Best Male Vocalist” that night, and Nicole celebrated with him.
2021 to date
Marriage was not easy for the lovebirds. When Luke forgot to thank his wife at the 2021 CMA Awards when he won Entertainer of the Year, the moment quickly went viral, but the mistake had no hidden meaning. The North Carolina native was clearly in shock after his name was announced.
He corrected his mistake during the post-acceptance interview Access, explaining that he simply forgot in the heat of the moment. He continued, “I love you, [Nicole], You know I love you. I don’t even have to say it, you know I love you.”
The beginning of 2022 marked great excitement when the newlyweds announced that they were expecting their first child. The good news came via Instagram, with Luke revealing: “Here we go! Lil dude Combs is coming this spring! I couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this baby. It’s going to be one 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 become a father than on Father’s Day?