MusicRowLife Engagements: Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, William Michael Morgan, Jennifer Wayne

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler. Photo: Sam Hunt/Instagram

Love was definitely in the air in December as several artists celebrated the holidays in a big way, announcing engagements during the Christmas/New Year’s break. Sam Hunt will tie the knot with girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler, according to Fowler was the inspiration behind the songs on Hunt’s debut CD Montevallo, which was named after her hometown, and the two have reportedly been traveling the world in recent months, posting shots from locales like Israel. Hunt released a new song, “Drinkin’ Too Much,” via Soundcloud over the holiday.

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Kelsea Ballerini with Morgan Evans. Photo: Kelsea Ballerini/Instagram

Kelsea Ballerini also received a sparkler from her country singer beau Morgan Evans this Christmas. Ballerini posted a pic of the happy day with all the details on Instagram. The two have been dating for nine months, and Ballerini shared that “loving him has been the greatest gift of my life. And now I get to do it for life. #HeCalledDibs.”

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Kacey Musgraves with Ruston Kelley. Photo: Kelly Christine Sutton

Kacey Musgraves got the “best Christmas present ever” when boyfriend Ruston Kelley proposed to her in the house she grew up in on Christmas Eve. The couple shared the news on Instagram, with Musgraves posting, “I didn’t say yes…I said HELL YESSSS.” Last night the best man I’ve ever met got down on one knee in my little pink childhood the same room I played with my ponies and barbies and asked me the easiest question I’ve ever been asked. The song ‘Two For The Road’ by Henry Mancini was playing (this song is so emotional and’s one of my have to go listen) and he was on his knee with a baby pink velvet ring box and the sparkliest thing I’ve ever seen! It was so special. Of all the places in the world I’ve gotten to see, nowhere could mean more than this happening in tiny Golden, Texas in the house that completely made me who I am.”

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William Michael Morgan with Jennifer Wayne. Photo: Jennifer Wayne/Instagram

William Michael Morgan also announced a few days after Christmas that he and girlfriend Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June will head down the aisle in 2017. Wayne posted a photo of her new ring on Twitter with a sweet shot of the two captioned “my heart.” Both Morgan and Wayne’s Runaway June were selected by MusicRow as 2017 Next Big Thing artists.


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Hollabaugh, a staff writer at MusicRow magazine, has over 20 years of music business experience and has written for publications including American Profile, CMA Close Up, Nashville Arts And Entertainment, The Boot and Country Weekly. She has a Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication degree from Texas Christian University, (go Horned Frogs), and welcomes your feedback or story ideas at

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