Dierks Bentley Says the 'Greatest Character Builders' in His Marriage Are His Kids
Dierks Bentley says he’d be “incomplete as a man” without his three children.
The country singer, 42, spoke to PEOPLE backstage at WE Day California about the role his kids — son Knox and daughters Jordan Catherine and Evalyn Day — play in his marriage to wife Cassidy Black and even in his career.
“No good cop, bad cop,” he says. “It’s all in it together. I think that the greatest character builder in a marriage is kids.”
His three children and wife all take part in Bentley’s singing journey, and the star says they were all a “big part” of the creation of his newest album, The Mountain, which was released in June. In fact, his wife actually came up with the name for the 13-track project.
“We were in Wyoming, and she’s like, ‘The name of your album is going to be The Mountain,’” he tells PEOPLE. “So yeah, they’re very involved in the whole process.”
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Now, Black and the kids are joining him on tour, including his inaugural Seven Peaks music festival, which is set for the end of August.
“They love traveling, touring. Whenever it’s possible, we just drag them out there,” the “Burning Man” singer says. “I feel like that’s my main job really is being a dad.”
Bentley performed the lead single off his album, “Woman, Amen,” at WE Day California, an event taped in April which celebrates extraordinary students, families and teachers. The event is set to air on ABC on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. EST and features artists Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman.
He appeared at WE Day with Jennifer and Sydnee Floyd, the same family he surprised in his music video, “Woman, Amen.”
Sydnee was born with PFAPA, a syndrome that results in fevers and sore throats, and EDS, a condition that affects the connective tissue in her body. Together, the mother-daughter duo now work to raise money for cancer research, prepare meals at homeless shelters, wrap gifts for people in need and distribute socks, shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies for elementary school students.
WE, the organization behind the advocacy event, launched “ME to WE” — an innovative social enterprise that provides educational products to help support a child’s education in a developing community. ME to WE has partnered with Walgreens on a socially conscious Back-to-School collection that gives back. Track your impact at Walgreens.com/metowe.