November 01, 2010 01:00 PM

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It’s a girl for American Idol finalist Chris Sligh and wife Sarah!

The couple welcomed their first child on Sunday, Oct. 31 at a Nashville-area hospital, his rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. Two weeks past her due date, Keira Lennon Sligh was born at 6:06 a.m., weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz. and is 21.5 inches long.

“She’s well worth the wait,” says Sligh, who moved with Sarah, 29, to Nashville after placing in Idol‘s top 10 in 2007.

“Keira is the most beautiful thing we have ever seen and we are just thrilled that she arrived happy and healthy.”

Sligh, 32, says Keira was the only girl’s name he and his wife could agree on, while Lennon was a nod to the Beatles. “I’m a Beatles fan,” he says. “Luckily I managed to negotiate a Beatle into my child’s name.”

Sligh, who charmed Idol fans with his wit — he once joked of his physique, “I’m bringing chubby back” — as well as his voice, released his second Christian album, The Anatomy of Broken, in September and co-wrote the Rascal Flatts hit “Here Comes Goodbye,” which went to No. 1 in 2009.

Courtesy Sligh Family


— Eileen Finan

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