It’s easy to see where Shelton gets his good looks. His mom Dorothy Shackleford cuts an elegant figure as they posed together at his 2011 San Antonio wedding to wife Miranda Lambert. Mom and son are so tight they penned a song together, “Time For Me to Come Home,” which shares a name with Shackleford’s 2013 Christmas-themed novel.
Underwood wrote her 2009 hit “Mama’s Song” in honor of her own mom Carole, an Oklahoma elementary school teacher who appears in the song’s music video. While the tune tells the story of a woman moving away from home to start her own life, Underwood’s mother is never too far away, joining her in Las Vegas at the ACM awards in April.
Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard brought their moms Mary Margaret Kelley and Amy Hubbard as their dates to the 2013 CMA Awards. “The way my parents and Tyler’s family have also been so supportive along the way, it’s like everybody’s success, not just ours,” Kelley has said.
Gary Allan’s mom Mary Herzberg, who joined him on the ACM Awards red carpet in April, always insisted he keep his guitars out in the open for ready access as he jammed alongside his dad Harley from the age of 12. Mary must have done something right. In interviews Allan calls his childhood “perfect.”
Well-known from her appearances in music videos, including “The Best Day,” which was made for mom’s birthday, Andrea Swift and her husband Scott moved the family from Pennsylvania to Nashville so her daughter could pursue her music. “She’s always been the friend that was always there,” Taylor says of her mom.
Alan Jackson joined his mother Ruth earlier this year to celebrate her 84th birthday in the Newnan, Ga., home where she raised Alan and his four sisters – and where she still lives. Though space was tight – youngest son Alan’s bed was in a hallway – Jackson recalls plenty of love. He wrote the song “Home” as a gift to Ruth one Mother’s Day.
The Band Perry – siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil – lovingly describe their mom, Marie, as their “coach.” She joins them for almost every tour date and isn’t shy with her feedback. “She’s seen us since day one. So she knows when we re at the top of our game and when we re not, and she usually knows how to fix it,” Kimberly said in 2013.
The Voice winner, 17, always has mom Gloria Martinez right by her side as she navigates the Nashville scene. In fact, Mom is responsible for her daughter’s star turn: After hearing Danielle perform in her bedroom, Gloria signed her up to audition for The Voice and you know the rest of this success story.
McCreery’s mom Judy likes to tell stories about her young son giving his own Elvis-inspired shows in the back of his school bus. “His bus driver would say, ‘We really love his Elvis concerts,’ and I was mortified, thinking he was being a behavioral problem,” Judy told WRAL News in 2011. “But she said, no, she liked it because the kids would sit there quietly and watch him sing.”