Brad Paisley’s kids, William Huckleberry and Jasper Warren are growing up fast. Get to know more about Brad Paisley’s family below.
When Brad is not on the road playing new music, he’s at home in Nashville, cruising parenthood with his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
The two first started dating way back in 2001 and, in 2002, she took part in the three-time Grammy winner’s music video for “I’m Gonna Miss Her.” After a nine-month engagement, the happy couple married on March 15, 2003, at Stauffer Chapel on Pepperdine University’s Malibu, California campus
Since they said “I do,” Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams have had two sons together: William Huckleberry “Huck” Paisley and Jasper Warren Paisley. Fast-forward to today, and the kids have certainly grown up fast and starting to become cute gentlemen.
Let’s get to know more about Huck and Jasper.
The Arrival of William Huckleberry
Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley became first-time parents when they welcomed their first son on February 22, 2007. The couple decided to name their son William Huckleberry, or “Huck” for short. They took his name straight out of Mark Twain’s, after character, Huck Finn.
“He’s William Huckleberry Paisley As in Huckleberry Finn — a reference to a spirit of adventure I hope he embodies,” Paisley revealed. “I can see him now — out playing in the woods, taking chances.”
When Huck was just an infant, he was described by his parents to be like “a happy Buddha.” “He’s happy just taking things in,” Kimberly Williams said.
“He’s all boy. There’s nothing delicate about him. He’s a total guy and loves the remote control, so we’d stick the remote down, and he’d make his way to it,” the country singer added.
“If you put him down with a bucket of toys, he’ll amuse himself rather than looking at you for an hour. And that’s kind of how it ought to be in life. He’ll need to explore a bit, and then if he needs us, we’ll be there.”
But the best thing that happened when Huck was born is that he helped Paisley overcome the anxiety of becoming a father.
“Before Huck arrived, I thought, ‘I’m a free spirit — how am I going to give that up?’ I confided in my preacher, who told me, ‘You won’t even remember what you gave up — it will be that inconsequential.’ He’s right. The first time you come home, and your son sees you and laughs, you forget,” Paisley admitted.
Having Huck has taught me the importance of quality time. On tour, I go away three days a week, but when I’m home, I get to spend the whole day with him.”
Huck Had A Big Crush on Carrie Underwood When He Was Four
“Huck has the biggest crush in the world on Carrie Underwood,” Brad Paisley once told PEOPLE. “He is obsessed with her, and he’s only four.”
It seems like Huck has an eye for the ladies at a very young age. “He likes her and likes her music a lot – in fact, one of the things he said that was really funny the other day before he met her was, ‘I don’t like girls,'” Paisley added. “And I said, ‘What about Carrie? And he was like, ‘Oh I like her music.'”
Huck even put on a show of strength for his crush.
“We were all hanging out in the studio, and out of the blue, he said, ‘Carrie, watch!’ And he pushed the pillows off of the couch with both arms and held them above his head, and he said, ‘Look how strong I am!'” Paisley revealed. “It was like, ‘Wow, the instinct is there already!'”
Jasper Warren Paisley
In October 2008, Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley announced that they were expecting their second child. “We’re having so much fun with our little boy Huck, and we are thrilled that he will have a sibling,” Kimberly Williams said. “He’s going to be a great brother.”
The country superstar was as thrilled too. “I never had [a sibling],” Paisley said, who kissed his wife’s baby bump during the 42nd CMA Awards. “I was an only child. I think [Huck] will be a great big brother. He’ll learn to share, which is something I never did!”
But what’s even sweeter was that Huck, who was 20 months old then, was the one who shared the happy news to his father.
“My son wakes me up every day now, and he comes around the bed, brings a book and gets in bed, and we read a book in the morning,” Paisley told People in 2008. However, one sunny morning, instead of a book, Huck was carrying something different.
“And I saw him walk up with a pregnancy test and hand it to me. He was just all happy.”
Finally, on April 17, 2009, the family met Jasper Warren Paisley. Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams paid tribute to a special man when they picked the name of their second son. Baby number two actually got his middle name from the Paisley’s grandfather, Warren Jarvis, who gave the country singer his first guitar and encouraged him to pursue a music career.
Huck and Jasper Prove That Opposites Attract
“The first child is a lot like me. He shares my disposition and focuses on a lot of things,” Brad Paisley revealed.
But when it comes to Jasper’s personality, the country crooner notes the father-son duo are as different as night and day.
“Then the second child is the opposite of Huck … which I think happens a lot,” he explained. “In some way, he’s becoming my favorite just by the fact that he’s not like me.”
But the two provide balance in the family, and they complement each other perfectly.
“It’s really fun having two that way because they really do fit in the gaps,” Brad Paisley concluded.
Brad Paisley Is Keeping His Kids ‘Normal’
Brad Paisley may be one of country music’s biggest stars, but he is taking steps to keep his two sons live as “normal” as possible.
In 2017, the country star did not let his kids see him play at the CMA Fest in Nashville because, “They’re young, but more than that, I think you have to be careful with your kids … There would be nothing more abnormal than marching them down here [to CMA Fest] in the middle of this.”
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams also insist on teaching their kids how to be humble and kind, especially that it’s not something they’re immediately going to embrace.
“You have to encourage that. Just encourage the good behavior,” the country music superstar said.
“So far, they’re pretty good,” Paisley said about his two sons. “I’m really happy with who they’re being at this point.
Brad Paisley also admitted that the two kids don’t get much TV time during the week.
“We allow screen time on weekends,” he said, talking about him and his wife’s television rules. “Otherwise, during the week, there’s just enough interesting things in the world without turning the TV on.”
Ever since, the couple prides themselves on being normal. The couple built a log home in Franklin, Tennessee, and raise their son there — without a nanny.
“Both of us are committed to not spoiling him. Everything should be earned and have a purpose,” Kimberly Williams said, talking about Huck when he was just the only child.
Even their house was designed to conform to their ideals.
“When we have another child, they’ll have to share a bathroom. And if we have more than two, they’ll share a room. It’s a big house, but we wanted it to be humble,” the actress added.
Huck and Jasper Helped Brad Paisley Found New Nashville Non-Profit
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley broke ground free grocery store in Nashville, known as The Store, in 2019. The Store will operate just like any other market: the customers will walk through the aisles to pick out their own vegetables, fruits, cereal, and the rest of their groceries and check out at the register.
But the main difference? There will be no money involved.
The couple decided to open The Store after volunteering with their kids at The Unity Shoppe while they were trying to teach their sons a lesson.
“It was one Thanksgiving,” Brad Paisley recalled, “when Kim, she said, ‘These kids are spoiled. They need to understand there are hungry people out there. And where should we go?’ And a friend of ours said, take ’em to Unity Shoppe.”
Huck and Jasper 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 Paisley explained. “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.'”
And that was back when Huck was just seven years old.
Today, Huck is now 13 years old, while Jasper just turned 11 years old. With teenage years just right around the corner for their two sons, are Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams ready? They will surely be.