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You might think that Brad Paisley’s beautiful voice and romantic lyrics (like those in “Remind Me” and “She’s Everything”) were what first attracted his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. But no, the country singer says—it was actually comedy.

“The only reason I won her over, I think, was my sense of humor,” Paisley recently told People. “I can make her laugh really easily.”

Paisley, 44, and Williams, 45, met in 1999, when the musician cast the actress, whom he had seen in 1991’s Father of the Bride, in his music video for “Who Needs Pictures.”

“He stalked me. That’s the long and the short of it,” Kimberly joked on CBS’ Sunday Morning in 2011. “He says it was love at first sight for him, and for me it was more like love at first month or two.”

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They tied the knot in 2003 and now share two sons, Huck, 10, and Jasper, 8. That sense of humor will come in handy in Paisley’s new project, a new, hour-long Netflix comedy special called Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, which came out yesterday and stars comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana, and Mike E. Winfield.

Watch the trailer:

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  • Brad Paisley’s ABC special Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special airs tonight on ABC.
  • The country singer has been married to actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley since 2003.
  • Brad first became interested in Kimberly after seeing her in the movie Father of the Bride.

Brad Paisley’s ABC special Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special airs tonight on ABC, and while you’re tuning in, you might be wondering…wait, who is Brad Paisley’s wife again?

Well, Brad and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have a love story that’s the stuff of country songs—literally. Back when he was a 19-year-old aspiring musician in West Virginia, he saw the Steve Martin comedy Father of the Bride with an ex-girlfriend, who later left him for his best friend. Kimberly is perhaps best known for playing Annie Banks, Steve Martin’s movie daughter and the titular bride.

After he and his ex broke up, Brad went to see Father of the Bride II alone. “I thought, she seems like a great girl—smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find,” he told Good Housekeeping. He never forgot Annie Banks, and even wrote a song about going to see Father of the Bride on his album Part II, released in 2001. When it came time to cast the music video for the song “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” he reached out to Kimberly and asked if she’d be in it. (Kimberly joked about their meet-cute in an interview with Meredith Viera, saying, “My husband’s a stalker!”)

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“It felt natural to ask her to be in it,” he told Good Housekeeping. “Even though I didn’t know if she was married, divorced or just out of rehab.”

Once the two connected, it didn’t take long for them to start dating.

“He woke up one morning and decided he wanted to call me, so I said alright because I’m a sucker for someone who’s interested, and we started dating and pretty soon after that, we were engaged,” Kimberly told Meredith Viera.

After a nine-month engagement, they were married on March 15, 2003. In 2007, they welcomed their first son William “Huck” Huckleberry, and in 2009, they welcomed their second son, Jasper Warren.

“I have more to write about now,” Brad told Good Housekeeping. “Before, I had nothing to write about but failed relationships and life on the road. Now, I feel emotions more deeply in every sense.”

Facts You Should Know About Kimberly Williams, Brad Paisley’s Wife

Williams married beloved singer Brad Paisley on March 15, 2003. The country star grateful to Williams to make him a good person and has been the motivation behind many of his music.

“My wife makes me more good,” he told. “She does a good job of teaching me how to have attitude.” Here we will tell some facts you need to know about Kimberly Williams Paisley.

Williams appeared in ‘Father of the Bride’

Williams is recognized for her acting. She made her screen appearance in the 1991 comedy Father of the Bride, and the movie showed to be a severe and marketing achievement.

Williams received an opportunity to perform the daughter to stars like Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, and she recured her character in the 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II.

How did Williams & Paisley Meet?

At 19 age, Paisley took a date to go watch Father of the Bride in multiplexes. He was immediately taken with Williams’ appearance, and he after said that he had a difficult time misremembering her. “I conceived, She looks like a great girl—smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find,” he remembered.

Where Williams & Paisley Married?

When Paisley and Willian dated just six months after Paisley proposed to Williams. He proposed when they were going for a visit to the Venice Beach pier.

“He proposed right in front of the public toilets,” she humorously remembered. Paisley and Williams tied a knot in 2003 on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

The Couple Have 2 Sons

Williams and Paisley have two kids, The first is 12 years old Huck, who was born in 2007 and another is 10 years old Jasper who was born in 2011. Paisley said that Huck’s first name is William, but everyone calls him by his middle name.

“When we chose William as the first name of Huck — which by the way no one calls him — that was such a great and perfect name, certainly, they stated, ‘We love it!’”, he stated.

“But we didn’t say them the middle name and then we told, ‘By the way, Huckleberry is the middle name.’ They needed to ruin us!”

Williams Has Been the Motivation

Paisley said that his wedding to Williams has fired him to examine different songwriting tracks. “I have more to compose about now. Before, I had nothing to write about but failed relationships and life on the way,” he confessed.

“Now, I feel sensations more strongly in every sense. When you feel that sort of emotion — love for Kim. It even makes for better music.” Paisley composed the song “My Miracle” as a consecration to Williams.


Kimberly Williams-Paisley is “busy, busy, busy, ” she says on her one day off in Vancouver. But make no mistake: “The busy-ness is by choice,” says the actress, 47, who lives in Nashville with her husband of 16 years, Brad Paisley, 46, and their sons, Huck, 12, and Jasper, 10. While juggling family life, she’s acting, producing and working with numerous charitable associations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, to which she’ll always have a deeply personal connection.

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Williams-Paisley was raised in Westchester, New York, by her mother, Linda, a fundraiser whose last job was at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and her father, Gurney, a writer. Growing up, she did ballet and played with her two younger siblings, brother Jay, now a firefighter and beekeeper, and sister Ashley, an actress. They were a tight-knit family, full of traditions led by their cheerleader of a mom. During summers, they’d visit their grandmother on Cape Cod. In the fall, they’d go apple picking. At Christmas, they’d read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” aloud before bed. Then, at 19, Williams-Paisley was cast in her first film, Father of the Bride (1991), which changed her life for good.

It jump-started her acting career—fast. She’ll never forget her first day on set, when her onscreen dad, Steve Martin, suggested she get a therapist. “I was like ha ha ha—but I should have,” says Williams-Paisley, who stepped from literal obscurity into the spotlight. “There was so much pressure. I used to have the worst stomachaches.”

And that first movie role led her to the love of her life.

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Paisley saw his future wife in Father of the Bride and was so determined to meet her, he cast her in a video for “I’m Gonna Miss Her.” He wooed her by taking her to dinner in Marina del Rey, California, followed by a walk on the pier and months of emails and phone calls as they kept in touch long-distance. “He made me laugh. That was huge,” she says. He sealed the deal when he played “Little Moments,” a song he wrote about her, proving “he understands me in a way that I didn’t even realize.” They were married in 2003.

Brad Paisley helps his wife’s cause by performing at Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s annual all-star ’80s Dance Party to End ALZ in Nashville. (This year’s party is September 29. Visit for more info.)

A Growing Shadow

But as her life was expanding with joy, a shadow was growing over her mother’s health. It was at her wedding to Paisley that she first noticed something was wrong. Her mother seemed irrationally upset about the ceremony and had trouble reading a Bible passage. “She was very smart articulate,” says Williams-Paisley, “but that day, she had to keep stopping herself and going back.” Trouble finding the right words was followed by other daily issues, like her mother having a problem signing a check at the grocery store, or difficulty tallying up a tip.

At first, the family wrote it off to fatigue or stress. When they shared their concerns, Linda would accuse them of badgering. “It was walking on eggshells,” says Williams-Paisley, who chronicled the experience in her 2016 book, Where the Light Gets In. The family backed off and let it go—until they no longer could.

One day, she says, “I got a call that my mom had a terrible accident and had to be helicoptered to Mass General in Boston. They were biking and she probably forgot how to ride a bike.” There was another close call, she says, when her mom “had confused the gas pedal with the brake in the car in the parking lot at Costco and barreled down an aisle and impaled her car on top of a little wall.”

Soon after that, Williams-Paisley’s mother was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a degenerative brain disease they later found out was caused by Alzheimer’s. Looking back, Williams-Paisley regrets their first instincts to try to keep her mother’s struggles hidden.

“We really let the stigma take control,” she says, “like it was her fault, or that it meant she wasn’t smart.” It not only inhibited them from reaching out for advice and support—it also prevented their father from getting the kind of support he really needed. “My dad wanted to be Superman and take care of her as he always did,” she says. But he said later that “he was the frog in boiling water, that he had no idea the danger he was in.” In many ways, Williams-Paisley says, caregivers are at a greater risk than the patient they’re caring for. Her father eventually had a heart-attack scare and became “like a shell of his former self,” so they finally made the difficult choice to enter their mother into long-term care—one of the hardest moments in the course of her mom’s disease.


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Embrace the Blessings

After her mother entered care in 2012, Williams-Paisley noticed something troubling: “I started speaking about her in the past tense,” she says. “She was like a ghost of the person that brought me up, and then there was this new person that looked different, acted different and, you know, is not my mom. It hurt too much to talk about her in the present.”

But one night, after talking with a friend (artist Elizabeth Shatner, wife of Star Trek actor William Shatner) who’d also had a parent with Alzheimer’s, “I realized that I was missing an opportunity to get to know this new person,” she says.

She got on a plane the next day to visit her mother. “It was a great lesson for me in embracing the person in front of me and being strictly in the moment—which, I realized, she was.” Williams-Paisley learned how she’d enter the room and her mother’s face would light up; and when she’d leave the room and come back five minutes later, her mother’s face would light up again. And though the relationship her mother had with Williams-Paisley’s first child wasn’t what she’d hoped, it had its own joy, full of in-the-moment experiences, “happy with little things like sitting on the floor, laughing hysterically over something.” She erased the ghost of who her mother was and asked, “Who are you now?”

“I realized she was still my teacher in so many ways,” she says. “It’s a horrible disease, but to be able to embrace the blessings within it was a gift.”

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Linda Williams passed away in 2016 at age 73, and Williams-Paisley is living the fullest life she can in her memory. She’ll next appear in the upcoming Netflix series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings and will begin filming The Christmas Chronicles 2, also for Netflix—another in a line of Christmas films she’s done. (She says she loves the holiday so much, “I don’t mind having Christmas for half of the year!”) She and Paisley plan to open the Store in Nashville by early 2020—it’ll be a service, set up like a free grocery store, for people who are trying to get back on their feet after a setback. When she can, she fits in her favorite workouts, like hot yoga, spinning and Zumba, and takes walks while listening to a book—most recently, it’s Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift. She’s also building a little “she shack” at her home.

And to this day, the actress lives a lesson her mother taught her by being present with her family every moment she can. They have drawing contests; she and son Jasper will challenge Brad Paisley and Huck to a five-minute contest, “like, it has to incorporate an elephant and a tree, and take place in another country, or something like that.” They read books out loud, having just finished Lois Lowry’s The Giver. And they play ball in the dodgeball court they built from an old garage. “Anyone who comes to visit, it’s like a rite of passage—you have to go hit the dodgeball court!”

And when the next opportunity lands on their doorstep to do something else fun, chances are the Paisley family will take it—just as her energetic, cheerleading mom would have her clan do. “We say yes to as much as we can,” she says.


What I Learned

Talk about it.

“If you have a family member with any form of dementia or memory loss,” Kimberly Williams-Paisley says, “tell people about it. Ask for help. Call the Alzheimer’s Association. They have a 24-hour caregiver hotline that is free.” (800) 272-3900

Expect guilt.

“So many caregivers and family members feel so much guilt about everything,” she says, from “I’m not doing a good enough job” to “I did this wrong” to how her family felt the burden lift when her mom went into care. “There’s no graceful way through it, really,” she says. “It’s a very complicated illness.”

Stand your ground.

If a family member suffering from dementia tries talking you out of doing what’s right, use your resources. “The Alzheimer’s Association has a full page of ideas about how to get the car keys away from someone who shouldn’t be driving—like getting a prescription from the doctor to have a driving test.”

Write down your wishes.

Even if you’re not dealing with dementia, she says, “write down now, while you’re healthy, what would you like for your care, if one day you can’t take care of yourself. Or, if nothing else, tell your loved ones that you trust them to take care of you in a way that they see fit.”

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Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley Talks Style, Cooking Turkey, and How She Fell in Love with Franklin, Tennessee

Tennessee feels like home,” says Kimberly Williams-Paisley. But when she first moved to Franklin 16 years ago, the New York-born star had a little culture shock. “People drive by and actually stop their cars, roll down the windows, and have a conversation in the middle of the street here,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘Why are we talking right now? Don’t we both have to go places?’ But now, I understand that this is just what we do in the South.” While Kimberly may have learned to slow down her afternoon drives, the mother of two is as busy as ever. She produced and starred in Hallmark Channel’s Witness to Murder: A Darrow Mystery movie that came out in September; will appear in Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, a Netflix anthology series produced by Dolly herself; and will reprise her role in The Christmas Chronicles sequel, set to stream on Netflix in November.

And those are just the acting gigs. Along with her husband, country music singer Brad Paisley, Kimberly has also been hard at work on starting The Store, a free grocery market in Nashville that will provide individuals and families in need with an encouraging shopping experience. “People are really excited about this concept of dignity around food insecurity because so many people don’t feel comfortable when they have to ask for help,” she says of The Store, which is set to open early next year. “I take for granted that I can go and pick out what I’d like and what my family needs. We want to give people that short-term solution as they are trying to get back on their feet.”

Between her nonprofit and acting work, Kimberly’s plate is piled high, and she’s quick to admit that she doesn’t have a magical method for juggling it all. “I have a very messy kitchen,” she confesses. “But honestly, it’s all something I want to be doing. That’s such a luxury, that my life is busy with stuff that I’ve chosen to do. It’s amazing.” Here, the actress shares her effortless beauty routine, her aunt’s unusual turkey-cooking trick, and the motherhood lesson she’s most grateful for.

Image zoom Robbie Caponetto; Hair and Makeup: Marz Collins; Wardrobe Styling: Molly Russell/Amax

My Personal Style

“Comfortable and colorful. It’s become a little more whimsical since I had my two boys .”

Memorable Misstep

“I’ve shown up in those fashion-police-type pictures a few times. But I was in the magazine, so that was something—and they spelled my name right! I think I was wearing brown shorts and boots; the shorts were baggy, and so were the boots. It was a really bad combination.”

Simple Beauty Routine

“It’s all about the face: lots of sunscreen and night cream. I just started using Beautycounter for my makeup. Unless I have a photo shoot or something, I’m trying to use the most natural products I can find. I like Juice Beauty mascara and Thistle Farms lip balm.”

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Mini Dog Tag Necklace;

Our Thanksgiving Tradition

“We love watching the Macy’s parade and cooking all day, slowly. We do some of it the day before, so there’s less stress. Then there are the good smells that come from the kitchen…hopefully! I’m not the best chef, and neither is my mother-in-law, so we just try hard to tackle it. But if my sister comes, we’re golden, because she’s amazing.”

An Unconventional Turkey Trick

“My Aunt Diane is a phenomenal cook, so I’m always on the phone with her at Thanksgiving. I need tips and reminders on how to do a turkey. Last year, she told us to pour a whole bottle of Sprite into the belly of the bird, and it was fantastic.”

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Collection Floral Smocked Peasant Dress in Deep Berry Multi, $225;
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The Family Pets

A Lesson I’m Thankful For

“My mom taught me to seek out adventures and come back with stories. The spirit in me that goes out and does things (especially with Huck; he is my risk-taker) comes from her. The reason I went to Guatemala and Haiti—and why I’ll go on a 50-foot-high ropes course—is my mom. She said yes to so much in her life. If she was at the beach, she was in the ocean. She was not the kind of mother who would sit it out. I think Huck would say I’m that kind of mom to him.”

A Favorite Quote

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
—from “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

Jack Guy Kimberly and Brad: City Girl, Country Boy

When Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams first began dating, the odds were not in their favor. He was a small-town Southern guy turned country singer, just becoming famous for his witty song lyrics and killer guitar style. She was born and raised in New York, then moved to Los Angeles while costarring in the long-running ABC sitcom According to Jim. She knew zero about country music; in fact, she thought that at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry they sang, well, opera. To him, her Hollywood world had questionable values. “I used to be pretty judgmental back then,” he says.

Then they had dinner together — and afterward both were convinced that something important had happened. “Maybe two people in love always feel like there’s a bigger power at work,” says Brad, 35. Kim, 36, nods in agreement: “We just felt like all the events of our lives had come together for us to meet right when we did.”

The couple got together in the fall of 2001. But Brad fell for his future wife long before he even met her. Ten years earlier, as a 19-year-old aspiring musician in tiny Glen Dale, WV, he spent his first date with a local girl watching Father of the Bride, the movie in which an unknown actress named Kimberly Williams made her film debut. By the time the sequel came out, Brad was 23, living in Nashville, and feeling miserable because that girlfriend had left him for his best friend. Moping, he went to see Father of the Bride II — alone. And seeing Williams on-screen again, “I thought, She seems like a great girl — smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find.”

Five years later, Brad was still single but his career was in full swing, with the Academy of Country Music having named him top male vocalist of the year. His latest album, Part II, featured several songs he’d written about the old girlfriend. “It even had a song about going to Father of the Bride,” he says. So when the time came to cast the music video, he thought of the girl in the movie. “It felt natural to ask her to be in it” he says. “Even though I didn’t know if she was married, divorced, or just out of rehab.”

During their first phone call, they chatted with such ease that soon they were talking almost daily. When Brad told Kim he was finally coming to L.A., she jumped right in and asked him to dinner. “He was such a polite Southern gentleman,” she says. “I was getting impatient.”

But from that first date forward, Brad made it clear that he was very interested. “I really said to myself, This time I’m not going to play games. I’m not going to pretend I’m somebody else, or do things I won’t be proud of later,” he says. Then he grins. “I didn’t use my evil powers!”

Finally, one clear and starry night, Brad walked Kim out to the end of the Venice Beach pier and made a speech about how they were meant to be in each other’s lives, and vowed he’d always be there for her. Six months later, on that same pier, he surprised her with an engagement ring. “He proposed right in front of the public toilets,” says Kim, and they both crack up. Nine months after that, they were married — and since they attended different churches, their two pastors co-officiated.

In February 2007, Kim gave birth to the couple’s first child, a highly energetic boy they named William Huckleberry Paisley (called Huck for short). As the couple sits in the living room of the cozy Pacific Palisades house the family calls home when Kim is working in L.A., they take turns bouncing and cuddling the apple-cheeked boy. “He’s our fat little man,” says Brad, scooping up Huck as the daddy-dazzled baby giggles and coos.

Their relationship isn’t always so idyllic, they insist. She’s a bit of a neat freak, he says, “whereas I figure, we have a housekeeper, so it can wait till Friday.” Interjects Kim: “He comes home and it’s like a tornado hit!”

But outright arguments they’ve learned to put to rest quickly. “She’s really good about not holding grudges,” he says. “And he’s really good about apologizing,” she adds. Brad laughs. “I usually start with that,” he explains. “She says there’s this whole phrase I could say in my sleep: ‘I’m sorry. You’re right. And I love you.'” It helps, says Kim, that they made a point of getting couples counseling before they got married. “We figured, the odds are against us because we’re both in entertainment,” she says. “And we know that it’s really rare for couples to succeed. So we wanted to arm ourselves with as many strategies as we could.”

From falling in love to starting a family: For Brad, personal fulfillment has had a professional payoff, too. “I have more to write about now,” he says. “Before, I had nothing to write about but failed relationships and life on the road. Now, I feel emotions more deeply in every sense. When you feel that kind of love — love for Kim and love for him,” he says, nodding at Huck. “It even makes for better songs.”
—Celeste Fremon

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Vince and Amy: Finding Love and Starting Over

After nearly eight years of marriage, Amy Grant and Vince Gill are living out the lyrics of the duet they recorded long before their romance began, building their very own “House of Love.” And in many ways, theirs is a romance that would be the perfect subject for a country song: Married to others when they met, they first became friends. Then both weathered scandalous breakups, and finally found their way to each other only to be faced with more obstacles.

In 1999, Amy Grant was the top-selling pop princess of Christian Contemporary music (or as Vince playfully calls her, “the church girl to end all church girls”) — so when she announced she was divorcing musician Gary Chapman, Nashville felt the shock waves. Vince and Amy started dating just a few months later, and he could see what he was getting into. “I was sittin’ there going, ‘I’ve fallen in love with maybe the most famous Christian singer in history,'” Vince, now 50, recalls, shaking his head at the memory.

They married almost a year later and have a 6-year-old daughter, Corrina. That was the easy part; more daunting was the task of blending their families — Vince’s daughter, Jenny, now 25, from his first marriage, and Amy’s three kids, Matt, Millie, and Sarah, now 20, 18, and 15.

Both Amy and Vince believe strongly in doing the hard work that a relationship requires, which may explain why she isn’t coy about the inherent difficulties they confronted, especially at the beginning.

“In our wedding pictures, all of the children are grim-faced and understandably so, because these were not their choices,” says Amy. “But from the start, Vince and I promised to love each other well, and in any home, blended or not, if the man and wife are loving each other well, you have a much better chance of parenting well. Vince’s love has empowered me to be a better mom.”

His daughter was nearly off to college when they married, but Amy’s three kids were still at home. Vince was wise enough to give them breathing room. “When we got married, he inherited an entourage,” Amy says. “I had three children who were living under the roof with a man who was not their father. They were 7, 10, and 12, so in the evenings Vince would recede — go read, watch a game — to let them have their familiar routine with me. Then slowly he entered the picture. But there isn’t one issue that comes up with the kids that isn’t discussed from every angle by Vince and me. The one thing you have to require in a family is that everyone is respectful. But you can’t require closeness. That comes in its own time.”

Amy says that it was her husband’s natural approach to parenting that helped the families unite. “What makes him so special is he treats everyone equally, and I love that about him,” she says. “There is no pecking order. He’s also the greatest combination of tuxedo and blues, of elegance and rough edges.” Adds Vince: “Yeah, she loves my rough edges. It gives her something to fix!”

With a smile, he adds: “There’s nothing about Amy that’s phony. She is of this Earth, in the most beautiful way, and that’s what I love about her. Plus, she has a kindness toward other people that is so real and so engaging. It’s kinda intoxicating when you spend time with her.”

Despite the astounding collection of 24 Grammys (18 for him, six for her) and more than 50 million in album sales that the two have racked up during their careers, they are determined to give their family a life that is free from the usual celebrity trappings.

“We are normal in every way, and we don’t perceive ourselves to be anything but that, so we just go ahead to a restaurant, the market, without putting on airs or getting special treatment,” Vince says. Their union also helped him realize that there’s no need for professional competitiveness in their two-career household. “Marrying Amy made me re-prioritize some things” he says. “When I’m with her, I always feel that all I want to do is lift her up and just be a kind foundation for her to stand on, you know?”

While Amy says that she and Vince never really have blowups, she does allow that when they “occasionally” get on each other’s nerves, she asks herself, “What is the ultimate goal here? The ultimate goal isn’t to win the fight, it’s to build a life together.”

“When Vince and I got married,” she continues, “I knew the reality was when you’re putting two lives together, there is no riding off into the sunset. You show up with all of your baggage and all of your ghosts and all of your patterns. Whenever you start over, you can feel like a stranger in your own life for a while. But you keep making choices toward building a life together. You can’t demand it of each other, and if it can be done overnight, it’s not worth anything. But after all these years, it’s so interesting — we’ve found our footing.”

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Clint and Lisa: A Perfect Texas Twosome

When country crooner Clint Black and glamorous actress Lisa Hartman got married in 1991 after meeting backstage at a New Year’s Eve show just 10 months earlier, they might have seemed an unlikely couple. Both were successful entertainers and both had gorgeous dimples — but the obvious similarities stopped there. After starring for four years on Knots Landing and in countless TV movies, Lisa was an established boldface name in Hollywood, while Clint, a hot new singer, was all about country music, with two top-selling albums under his big-buckled belt. But beneath those superficial differences, their harmonies ran deep. Lisa’s father was a Houston-based singer. And having been raised in Texas, Lisa is, like Clint, deeply rooted in the South.

Fast-forward 16 years, and the two are still going strong. Clint, 45, has sold nearly 20 million albums, with 32 Top Ten country hits. In 2003, he cofounded his own record label, Equity Music Group, which is putting out his new album next month. Songs include a duet by Clint and Lisa, 51. Though still primarily an actress, she occasionally performs with him. The song’s title: “You Still Get to Me.”

“That song is a true story,” says Clint. “Our attraction is greater than it ever was, and our appreciation and value for our marriage and our family is greater than it ever was. I wanted the song to ring true, and to say what I tell Lisa all the time: ‘I love you now more than ever, I’m attracted to you now more than ever.’ When we get time alone, I’m reminded of it all again. Because if you’re lucky, like we are, as the years go on in your marriage, it just gets better.”

“You’re making me cry, honey!” Lisa says in protest, sniffling a little. The song has special meaning for her, too, she says, but she won’t be hitting the road to perform it with him in concert. Though describing herself as more bashful than the gregarious Clint, Lisa doesn’t mean to suggest she no longer likes being onstage. It’s just that, six years ago, something happened that now makes her happy to stay at home.

For the first decade of their marriage, the couple enjoyed a pretty easygoing existence. “If I wasn’t able to make it home for a while, she could come to me,” says Clint. “When I was home, we could be muskrats and just hibernate.” But in 2001, after 10 years together, Lisa, then almost 45, gave birth to daughter Lily.

“We always loved kids, but they just weren’t in the plan,” says Lisa. Instead, they had five dogs and what Clint describes as a happy-go-lucky life. “Then we started talking about how we should make a conscious decision whether we would or wouldn’t have a child,” he says, and Lisa chimes in, laughing, to finish the story: “And once we decided, it was, ‘We can’t get one fast enough!'” But having a child later in life wasn’t easy. “When we finally got lucky and were blessed with a pregnancy, there was bed rest at the end and it was touch and go. But it was all worth it, because having Lily in our lives has just been amazing,” she says.

So what’s the secret to their longevity as husband and wife? “We continue to laugh” says Lisa. “We’ve gone through our struggles, like all couples, but we’ve continued to keep our sense of humor.” Adds Clint, “We nurture our marriage. When Roy Rogers found out we were getting married, he said, ‘I’ll give you one little piece of advice — don’t ever go to bed angry.’ And he was right. What we’ve always done is deal with emotions and problems as they come along. Because you will embarrass each other, you will confuse each other, you will upset each other, you will hurt each other’s feelings — two people can’t live a life together without doing that. But when you come from the starting point of ‘I know you didn’t want to hurt me,’ that’s the key. That’s how, at 50, you can keep from having a lot of baggage, and you can be open about things.”

Though Clint’s time on the road means occasional separations — “E-mail helps a lot,” Lisa says — the couple still relish the muskrat ways they shared before Lily’s arrival.

“Even if we’re just laying around the house on a rainy day, staying in bed,” says Clint, “anything we do when it’s just the two of us is heaven.”

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Country’s King and Queen

If the school of country music were to crown its most popular couple, these two would take the tiaras. Trisha Yearwood, a triple Grammy winner, and Garth Brooks, who has sold more albums than any solo artist in music industry history, ended years of rumors when they went public with their romance in 2002, then wed in a private ceremony in 2005. For years the pair had been just friends, and in 1991, she was the opening act on his tour. But once Garth’s divorce was final, a spark was ignited, and the two stars were rarely apart. These days, they spend plenty of time with Garth’s three daughters from his first marriage, Taylor, 15, August, 13, and Allie, 11. Trisha has said she “can’t imagine life without them. I feel like this satisfies my desire to do the mom things. I really feel like I’ve got this great family and it’s a good, good thing.”

Brad Paisley’s Wife, Kimberly, Tells The Adorable Story Of How They Met


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Brad Paisley saw his wife, Kimberly Williams, for the first time during a trip to the movies. But rather than meeting her in front of the concession stand, Paisley saw Williams for the first time on the silver screen.

Williams, who is an actress, was starring in the 1991 comedy Father of the Bride, and Paisley found himself drawn to her. As it turns out, he went and saw the movie with his girlfriend at the time, but when they broke up, Paisley went by himself to see Williams in the sequel to Father of the Bride in 1995.

After that, Paisley couldn’t shake Williams out of his mind, and later told Good Housekeeping magazine in 2009 that he thought, “she seems like a great girl — smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find.”

During a 2015 interview on the Meredith Vieria Show, Williams explained how she finally ended up meeting Paisley after he had adored her from afar for so long.

“He swears, it had never happened before, he woke up one day and decided he wanted to call me,” she said.

Much to William’s own surprise, she agreed to go out with Paisley and ended up appearing in his music video for the song “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).” Although their relationship got started in an unusual way, Williams says they fell for each other fast, and after eight months of dating, they were engaged.

Paisley and Williams married on March 15, 2003 and have since had two sons together, William Huckleberry and Jasper Warren. Williams later appeared in another music video of Paisley’s as well, for his hit song “Little Moments,” which Paisley wrote about her.

You can watch the music video for “Little Moments” below, along with Williams’ full interview.

We wish Paisley and Williams many more years of happiness together!

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley said her husband Brad Paisley “stalked” her

You guys know our first guest from her beloved role as Annie banks in the movie “Father of the bride.” One of my favorites, I loved that movie. She’s gone on to star in shows like “According to Jim” and “Nashville.” She’s here with her new film “The Christmas chronicles.” Let’s take a look. How was your night? You’ll never believe it. Good. What did you guys do? Oh, my god. This is the best Christmas present ever. Please welcome Kimberly Williams paisley. Hi, nice to have you here. How are you? Good to see you. Have a seat. Thank you. How’s it going guys? Merry Christmas. By the way, I watched this. I’m a Christmas movie nut. I loved it. Isn’t it cute? I loved it. The elves looked a little gremlin like, but I loved it. I liked it too. We went to the premiere with my kids. It’s fun to be able to go to a movie with my children and my in-laws and everybody was happy. We just had your husband Brad here. I know you tell this story all the time. It’s my favorite love story ever. How did you meet? He stalked me. Isn’t it romantic? It could have ended in jail in marriage. I was like all right, I’ll marry you. He fell in love with you on the big screen. He and his girlfriend went to see “Father of the bride.” That’s nice. It was a really awkward. The movie really moved him. Yeah. Things didn’t work out with the girlfriend. After like — seven years after they broke up he was like I’ll call that girl who was in a movie. And two babies later. And 15 years of marriage. That’s awesome. He wrote songs about you. You were in a video of his. I love it. Thank you. You’re a big fan of his as well. I am. 15 years, two kids, do you still fan girl? I do. I go see the shows. I don’t see a ton of the shows because, you know. When I do go out, I sit in the sound — where they have the sound board. I’ll watch him. He does this moment where he comes into the audience and I’m like right there. He throws picks to the audience and I’m like me, me, but they’re hard to catch. Does he look for you in the audience? He doesn’t want to draw attention. Since you have a problem catching the picks, we got you a little gift. That’s perfect. Try it out. You seem to have some trouble. So we got you another gift. This will be super discrete. There you go. Nailed it. You mentioned the anniversary. You guys just celebrated that. Did you do anything special? 15 is a big one. Honestly we celebrated 12. When we were engaged, my dad was giving us advice about successful marriages. Father of the bride literally. My literal dad. He was telling us about a study of marriages that are successful. He said when you’ve been married 12 years, you have a successful marriage. Brad and I looked at each other and we were like all we have to do is 12 years. Okay. That sounds good. The first 12 years we just kept saying we’ve got to make it to 12 and then we’re successful. At 12 we thought we can do another 12. So we renewed our vows. It was funny. I had a dress bought on Hollywood boulevard by my best friend. I never tried it on. It was actually kind of a surprise. We said this as a joke. Brad kind of arranged it with my friend. She showed up at my house. She said I found this dress. Does it fit? It did. It fit really well, but you could see my underwear through it, but I’m like it’s fine. The two kids, have you showed them “Father of the bride” yet? I haven’t. It’s a good one, right? It’s a good movie. They’re not that much into weddings. There’s kissing. They don’t care about kissing. They don’t want to see me walking down the aisle. I will show them eventually. It’s two boys. They should know giving a girl a blender is mixed messagmessaging. My dad got my mom a sewing machine and she wasn’t happy either. I would like a blender. Not a sewing machine. I am such a Christmas nut. When this popped up, I watched it immediately. This is such a good movie. I’m glad you liked it. It’s funny. It will make you cry. It’s got great emotional moments. It’s about a family that’s really struggling. My husband in the movie, Oliver Hudson, he has passed away. We’re just trying to put our lives back together and we’re not succeeding at the beginning of the movie. We’re all struggling. Then you see this journey and the kids spend an evening with Santa Claus. They’re trying to catch him in the act and they do. It’s like an incredible action movie. It’s Santa Claus like you’ve never seen him before. It’s what would he actually look like if he had to do this task of hitting every house? How does he do that? The kids get to go on an amazing journey and it’s healing for everybody. Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus. Yes. The movie is getting incredible reviews. It’s done really well. An amazing cameo too that I predicted as the movie went on. I said if they know what they’re doing, they’ll put her in here. Don’t give away the surprise. I saw it in a posting. It’s not a surprise. Kimberly, thank you for being here.

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Musical Beginnings

Country music singer and songwriter Brad Douglas Paisley was born on October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. Paisley’s passion for music began at age 8, when his grandfather gave him his first guitar. By the age of 12, the young musician was singing in church and at civic meetings and playing in his first band, for which he wrote his own material. Paisley eventually secured a regular spot on Jamboree USA, a popular country music radio show. Paisley was so popular with listeners that he was invited to join the program as a full-time musician, opening for acts such as The Judds and Roy Clark.

After two years at West Virginia’s West Liberty State College, Paisley transferred to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Belmont, Paisley studied under the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers scholarship and met Frank Rogers and Kelley Lovelace, both of whom would help Paisley later in his career. A week after graduation, Paisley signed with EMI Records as a songwriter. His first success came with a hit penned in 1996 for David Kersh, called “Another You.”

‘Who Needs Pictures’ and Stardom

Paisley made his debut as a solo artist after signing with Arista. He released his first album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999. The record produced the No. 1 hit “He Didn’t Have to Be,” followed by the chart-topping single, “We Danced.” The album sold more than 1 million copies and catapulted Paisley to fame. The next year, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) named Paisley the Best New Male Vocalist, and the Country Music Association (CMA) granted him the prestigious Horizon Award.

In February 2001, Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Several months later, he received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist. He also released his second album, Part II (2001), which featured his cheeky and unforgettable No. 1 single “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song).” Three other songs on the album, “I Wish You’d Stay,” “Wrapped Around” and “Two People Fell in Love,” also made it into the Top 10 on the country charts.

Paisley’s next album, Mud on the Tires (2003), was also highly successful, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart and featuring an acclaimed duet with Alison Krauss, called “Whiskey Lullaby.” The video for his collaboration with Krauss won several awards, and the single made it to No. 3 on the Hot Country charts.

Paisley’s 2005 effort, Time Well Wasted, came on the heels of his sold-out Two Hats and Redhead Tour with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark. The album included a collaboration with Dolly Parton for “When I Get Where I’m Going,” which won the CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year in 2006. The album also scored Paisley both ACM and CMA Awards for Best Album. That same year, Paisley embarked on a successful tour, with rising star Carrie Underwood serving as his opening act.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced his 2019 World Tour, which kicks off May 30 in Albuquerque, NM. Special guests on the U. S. tour dates will be Platinum-selling hitmaker Chris Lane and rising singer-songwriter Riley Green. Lane will also be on the European dates. Additional 2019 tour dates to be added soon.

Fans can purchase tickets for all dates now at Live Nation is the official promoter of the tour and select cities are part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at

Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits and has accumulated over 20 million career total worldwide album sales, track downloads and streaming equivalents. His 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21, 2017, was his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28, 2017 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at,, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube


Since bursting onto the scene with his breakout #1 smash “Fix,” Chris Lane’s star continues to rise with GOLD and PLATINUM level single certifications, two Top 10 albums and 850 million+ combined streams. Out of the gate, his irresistible new single “I Don’t Know About You” is climbing the Country radio charts and follows the success of his hit collaboration “Take Back Home Girl” with Tori Kelly. Both songs are featured on Lane’s Big Loud Records sophomore album – LAPS AROUND THE SUN – that made a chart-topping debut, landing at #1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart and inside the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the second time in his career. Gaining recognition, Lane was named one of MusicRow Magazine’s 2017 Next Big Thing Artists, has scored nominations at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, ACM Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards and appeared on TODAY, The Bachelor, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers and CONAN. Previously landing coveted opening slots on tours with Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw + Faith Hill, and Rascal Flatts, the Kernersville, NC-native closed out his second headline run – the LAPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR – in January.


Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, Riley Green was raised on the sounds of old traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come, reflecting on the experiences of a young Southern man trying to find his place in the world. With a mixture of outlaw-rebellion and respect for tradition, Riley’s original music has already tallied over 71 million streams to date. Recently wrapping his headlining OUTLAWS LIKE US TOUR, he has built fierce support traveling the southeast for the last six years growing his loyal fanbase on social media. His current single “There Was This Girl” is Top 10 and rising at Country radio and he recently made his national TV debut on NBC’s Today and fulfilled a childhood dream making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage last December. Additionally, he was selected as a member of the Opry’s NextStage Program and has been named for both CMT’s Listen Up Artists as well as MusicRow’s 2019 Next Big Things. Named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artists You Need to Know,” his IN A TRUCK RIGHT NOW EP on BMLG Records was produced by Dann Huff and features four songs he co-wrote: “There Was This Girl,” “Same Old Song,” “Break Up More Often,” and “In A Truck Right Now.” For more tour dates and more information on Riley Green visit

2019 World Tour dates:

*February 15 San Antonio, TX San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – AT&T Center

*March 16 Houston, TX Houston Rodeo – NRG Stadium

*March 29 Thackerville, OK WinStar World Casino

*April 13 Laughlin, NV Laughlin Events Center

*April 26 Rama, ON Casino Rama Resort

*April 27 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars

May 30 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater

May 31 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

June 1 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 6 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre

June 7 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

June 8 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre

June 13 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

June 14 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewery

June 15 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

June 27 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP

June 28 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

**June 29 Oshkosh, WI Country USA

**July 13 Prior Lake, MN Lakefront Park Music Fest

July 19 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

July 20 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

July 25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 26 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

July 27 Boston, MA Xfinity Center

August 2 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center

August 3 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

**August 4 Davenport, IA Mississippi Valley Fair

***August 9 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena

August 10 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

**August 11 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest

August 15 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park

August 16 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place

August 17 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre

August 22 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater

August 23 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

August 24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

August 29 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre

August 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

August 31 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

**Sept 22 Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair

***October 4 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum

***October 5 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena

***October 6 Stockholm, Sweden Hovet

***October 9 Berlin, Germany Tempodrom

***October 11 Tilburg, Netherlands 013 Poppodium

***October 12 London, England The O2 Arena

***October 13 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena

*Paisley Only

**Festival – includes Paisley and multiple artists

*** Paisley and Chris Lane

Brad Paisley Kids (Sons to be Humble and Kind)

Brad Paisley Kids include two sons that are growing up fast. Learn more about Brad Paisley’s family below.

Brad Paisley Family

Country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are the parents of two sons, 12-year-old William Huckleberry aka “Huck” and 10-year-old Jasper Warren.

Brad and Kim Paisley (where it all began)

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Feels like ten minutes…under water. Love you @bradpaisley and happy anniversary! ❤️

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While Brad and Kimberly both juggle busy careers, they make sure to take the time to instill important traits in their children. William Hickleberry Paisley was born in February of 2007. Jasper Warren Paisley was born in April of 2009 and mom had these nice things to say on Jasper’s latest birthday.

Jasper Warren Paisley

Jasper is growing up fast and here you can see the contrast from baby to 10 years old in a flash.

So far they’re pretty good,” Paisley shared with Taste of Country about his kids. “I’m really happy with who they’re being at this point.”

Brad Paisley’s Sons with Mom (Summer Fun)

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Still kinda feels like summer #HappyFriday 🌞🌞🌞

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In their household, the importance of remaining humble and kind is driven home often and the musician hopes other parents do the same. “You have to encourage that. Just encourage the good behavior,” he said of promoting these values.

Brad Paisley Kids as Youngsters

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I love these boys who turned me into Mom. #pastanecklace #mothersday ✨💗✨💗✨💗

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For this couple, it’s not all talk. They have recently joined forces with Belmont University to open a free grocery store to serve those in need in the Nashville area. The project is called ‘The Store’ and will be located next to the university’s Ministry Center. The couple also serve on the The Store’s Board of Trustees. Learn more about their efforts here.

Besides sticking to and living those two attributes, the couple also work to limit the boys’ television time.

“We allow screen time on weekends,” he explained. “Otherwise, during the week, there’s just enough interesting things in the world without turning the TV on much of the week.”

As can be expected, enjoying music is always encouraged— the country singer-songwriter often uses his family to sample his new music.

“They’ve let me know if they don’t like something. If they like something, I know it’s all right,” Paisley added.

The West Virginia native’s latest tune, “Bucked Off,” serves as a taste of his next album, the follow-up to 2017’s Love and War. Watch Paisley perform the song live at the 2018 CMA Awards below!

Brad Paisley Bucked Off Video

Bucked Off Lyrics

It’s been a great ride but here we sit tonight
The look in her eyes says something’s wrong
This ain’t a wild bull, it’s just a bar stool
But it’s all I can do to just hang on
And George Strait’s on the jukebox in the corner Singing about cowboys riding away, but…

This ain’t my first rodeo
Someone’s gonna get hurt
Whenever someone says we need to talk
It feels like there’s a number
Pinned on to the back of my shirt
‘Cause this is where the cowboy gets bucked off
Yeah, this is where the cowboy gets bucked off

You can go to Houston, Vegas or San Antone
And watch a bull rider hit the dirt
Or head down to this bar for a little cover charge
You can watch me get thrown by her
George Strait’s on the jukebox again
Says if I leave now I can still make Cheyenne, but…

I think about those nights in Marina Del Rey
As this beautiful cowgirl slips away
But pain only lasts so long
And when you get bucked off you get back on

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Wednesday in Nashville, Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, break ground on their new non-profit, known as The Store.

It’s based on Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California, a place that lets people in need shop in a regular environment without having to visit a food bank.

Brad and Kim discovered Unity Shoppe as they were trying to teach their sons a lesson.

Brad remembers that Huck and Jasper, who are now twelve and nine, respectively, almost immediately understood the importance of what they were doing.

“A friend of ours asked them once, ‘How does it make you feel to do that?'” Brad explains. “It was Huck who was actually manning the register. He was checking people out, and he loved that, scanning and checking them out at the register as they’d come through.”

“And he said, ‘Well, I felt great.’ He said, ‘I felt like I was helping.'”

Brad and Kim are set to talk more about The Store Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America. You can watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.