Meet Gray Hayes Hicky, Deana Carter’s Son Who Loves Acting

November 8, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    The famous American country music singer and songwriter, Deana Carter and the Grammy-nominated filmmaker, Chris Hicky got engaged after their son Gray Hayes Hicky’s birth. However, the couple didn’t get married.

    So, how was Hayes’s childhood? Moreover, what is Gray doing nowadays?

    Key Takeaways

    • Hayes is the son of American singer-songwriter Deana Carter and filmmaker Chris Hicky.
    • He has two step-brothers, Wyatt and Hutch Hicky from his father’s side.
    • Both of Hayes’s parents are married to different people.

    How was Gray Hayes’s Childhood?

    Hayes was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on September 15, 2004, to Deana Carter and Chris Hicky. He is currently 19 years old as of 2024. Hayes spent most of his childhood traveling between Tennessee and Arkansas with his parents.

    Despite their separation, Hayes’ mom and dad made sure to raise him well and provide him with a fulfilling childhood where all of his desires were met.

    Who are Hayes’s Parents Deana Carter and Chris Hicky?

    After their engagement broke, Deana and Chris went on to live their own lives. However, the couple did join hands for Hayes’s custody.

    Carter was a nurse before starting her musical career

    Born on January 4, 1966, Deana is the daughter of the renowned guitarist, Fred Carter Jr. Although she grew up in a musical family, she pursued nursing at the University of Tennessee. While working in various hospitals, she would sing to her patients, eventually discovering her love for music. At 23, she decided to pursue music as her career.

    Carter’s debut album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” went 5X multiplatinum with over 5 million sales. Her single “Strawberry Wine” topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and won her an Academy of Country Music Award.

    Hayes's mother Deana Carter is the famous American Singer and Songwriter.
    Hayes’s mother Deana during one of her shows in Kentucky.

    The artist has released several successful albums including “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” in 1998, “The Chain” in 2007, and “Southern Way of Life” in 2013. She took a six-year break to spend time with her son before returning to music and continuing to tour and perform for her fans.

    Chris Hicky is as successful as Deana

    As his Twitter bio says, Chris is a Grammy-nominated music video, commercial, and feature film director. He won the CMT Video of the Year award in 2005, CMT Female Video of the Year, and ACM Video of the Year award in 2010. In addition, he operates a production company named Hicky Films.

    Hayes’s Mom and Dad Found their respective Soulmates After Their Break-Up

    In late 2003, Deana started dating Chris, an up-and-coming independent filmmaker. Sometimes after they started going out, Carter unexpectedly became pregnant with Hayes. Nevertheless, the pair rejoiced at that and even got engaged sometime in 2004.

    However, fate had other ideas as their relationship didn’t reach the altar and they called off their engagement sometime after their only son’s birth.

    Currently, she is happily married to her third husband, Jim McPhail. The couple tied the knot on July 6, 2018, in Rosemary Beach, Florida.

    Hayes's mother Deana married the love of her life, Jim McPhail in July 6 2018.
    Deana Carter with her husband Jim McPhail.

    Currently, the duo do not have any children together, although some internet users speculated that Deana may be pregnant during an American Idol performance. However, this has not been confirmed.

    Previously, Deana was married to Chris Di Croce (1995 to 2001) and Brandon Malone (2009 to 2012).

    Meanwhile, Hayes’s dad Chris got married to his long-time lover Haley Hicky and has two wonderful sons with her.

    Hayes's father Chris Hicky got married to Haley after a long time of being together.
    Chris Hicky with his wife Haley

    Hayes’s Half-Brothers – The Hicky Boys

    He has two half-brothers, Wyatt and Hutch Hicky from his father’s side. Wyatt is 14 years old and Hutch is 4.

    Hayes has two step-bothers, Wyatt and Hutch form his father's side.
    Hayes with Wyatt and Hutch

    As an elder brother, Hayes shares quite an intimate bond with them.

    Hayes is Everyone’s Favorite

    He is very close to the family members from both of his mother’s and father’s side. He spends the time during festivals with his family. Not only that, even his family is very supportive of Hayes. They are often spotted attending his college programs.


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    Gray Hayes Has Gone out on Prom Dates with Beautiful Ladies

    Hayes is the 2022 graduate of South Walton High School. In both the junior year prom and senior year prom, he was all dressed up and seen along with his partner. Hayes looked dashing in the suit with his dates as his parents cheered him on through their social media.

    Gray Hayes Hicky looked dashing in suits while he attended the junior year and senior year prom.
    Hayes during junior year prom (left) and senior year prom (right).

    As of 2023, he is attending Western Kentucky University and likely enjoying his college experience as much as he did in high school.

    Is Gray Hayes Hicky Active on any Social Media?

    Unlike his parents, Hayes is not active on social media. He has an Instagram account @hayes_hicky, but he does not post much.

    His mother’s Instagram account (@deanatunes) has 51.5K followers whereas his father’s Instagram account (@hickyfilms) has around 8K followers.

    What is Gray Hayes Hicky’s Net Worth?

    The young boy does not have a profession yet and is still dependent on his parents for finances. Nevertheless, his mother has a net worth of nearly $5 million whereas his father has a $9,5 million fortune.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Gray Hayes Hicky
    Popular Name Hayes
    Birth Place Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    Birthday September 15, 2004
    Age 19 years
    Zodiac NA
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity white American
    Father Chris Hicky
    Mother Deana Carter
    Siblings Wyatt and Hutch Hicky
    School South Walton High School
    College Western Kentucky University
    Profession NA
    Net Worth not mentioned
    Height not mentioned
    Weight not mentioned
    Eye Color Dark brown
    Hair Color black/blonde
    Sexuality Straight
    Marital Status unmarried
    Relationship Status NA
    Partner NA
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    Girlfriend NA
    Boyfriend NA
    Ex Girlfriends NA
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