May 25, 2012 08:00 AM

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Known for her sweet vocals and joyful personality as a season 7 finalist on American Idol, Brooke White has a bundle of joy of her own.

White, 28, gave birth to daughter London, her first child with husband Dave Ray, on Thursday, May 24 at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

“Baby London is here,” an ecstatic Ray tells PEOPLE. “Our girl came in at 6:41 p.m. and is 8 lbs., 12 oz.!”

Mother and daughter “are both healthy as well,” Ray adds.

According to Ray, the name London is a nod to his parents and family, who are all from England and specifically the London area.

Both Ray and White visited there two years ago and fell in love with the city. Also important — White is fond of the nickname ‘Londy.’

“We’re so excited,” White told PEOPLE in January.”By the time the baby’s born, we’ll have been married eight years. I met Dave when I was 19 years old and we’ve been together a really long time, and we’ve always wanted to be parents.”

A year ago, White made her acting debut in the FOX TV movie Change of Plans. This year, she continued to record music with writing partner Jack Matranga as the duo Jack and White. Their latest EP, Undercover, will be released May 29 on iTunes.

Fans can follow White’s baby adventures on her blog, Brookie Babble.

Courtesy Brooke White

— Cynthia Wang

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