Brandon Heath is not who he was before — he’s a dad!
The Christian musician’s rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE that his wife Siebe gave birth to their first child, daughter Palmer Brown Heath, in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, Dec. 15, at 4:49 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 19½ inches.
“Siebe labored for 11 hours. Dr. Presley sat in a rocking chair for an hour and a half (it was the end of his shift), telling jokes and stories as they waited for the time to push,” the rep tells PEOPLE.
“Brandon was brave — normally pretty squeamish around blood, he held a leg and coached Siebe through the final moments of delivery,” added the rep of Heath, 39. “The three of them get an hour together before family filled the room to see the new baby girl.”
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The couple’s newest addition has a sweet and special meaning behind her moniker — in fact, her parents’ choice is significant in multiple ways that have a common tie.
“Palmer is a family name from Siebe’s great uncle. Thomas Palmer and Hal Coleman were twin brothers who fought on D-Day in Normandy, France,” the rep explains. “They were combat battalion engineers who built bridges to advance the effort in World War II.”
“Brown comes from Brandon’s granddad, Paul Brown Petty, who also fought in World War II,” continues the rep. “There is a song called ‘Paul Brown Petty’ on Brandon’s album Blue Mountain.”
The couple’s daughter arrived three years after they said “I do.” In September, Heath’s rep confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE that the spouses were expecting a baby girl, sharing an adorable gender-reveal video featuring the singer unwrapping a gift to reveal the sex of the little one on the way.
“I can’t wait to be a daddy!” the “Love Never Fails” singer told PEOPLE at the time, adding of his wife, “Siebe is just beautiful. She glows. I know she’s going to be such a great mom.”
Heath’s new album Faith Hope Love Repeat is available now.
- Reporting by ANYA LEON