Pistol Annies' New Little Lady! Angaleena Presley Welcomes Daughter Phoenix Joeleena Jean
Angaleena Presley announced her baby news alongside Pistol Annies bandmates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe on stage at a concert in August
Angaleena Presley is a mom again!
The Pistol Annies singer gave birth to her second child and first with husband Jordan Powell — a daughter named Phoenix Joeleena Jean Powell — at 7:49 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, Presley confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Sharing her newborn’s first photo with PEOPLE, the new mom reveals that her baby girl weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 17½ inches in length upon her arrival in Nashville, Tennessee.
And her arrival wasn’t without a few hurdles. As Presley explains to PEOPLE, “Last night, when we were admitted to the hospital before delivery, Phoenix’s heart rate got up really high and she was kicking the crap out of me.”
It was nothing a little music couldn’t fix, though. “To try and calm her down, Jordan played the Kentucky/Texas combo of a Loretta [Lynn] and Willie [Nelson] duet up against my belly,” the singer says. “Within 15 seconds, her heart rate dropped to normal and she relaxed. I guess she knew already where her roots were … nothing like a piece of home to heal a heart.”
Powell and Presley, 42, tied the knot in 2012. She also has a 12-year-old son named Jed from a previous relationship.
“I’m so glad to add this strong female to our family,” Presley adds of her newborn. “She is tiny but she is fierce. Jordan and Jed are both by her side and head over heels.”
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The new dad tells PEOPLE their daughter’s first name was one the family chose “all together,” while her middle monikers were inspired by friends and family.
“Joeleena is a combination of my friend Tony Joe White, who passed away a few months ago, and ‘Leena,’ which is a family name from Angaleena’s side,” he explains. “Jean is my grandmother’s name. She’s 92 and helped raise me.”
Baby Phoenix took to one of her namesakes immediately — before she was even born! “After Tony Joe passed away in October and we decided to name her Joeleena, three different times during the last couple months, we would try and get Phoenix to move or kick if she hadn’t done it in a day or so,” Powell recalls.
“All three times, nothing we tried seemed to work until I came up and played Tony Joe’s ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and she would start kicking and dancing and rocking out. Every time,” he says. “He was either looking down on us or his groove was that infectious. Maybe both.”
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In the exciting reveal, Lambert, 35, brought Presley and Monroe on stage during her Bandwagon Tour show in Dallas, telling the crowd before motioning to Presley’s baby belly, “One of us is drinking, one of us is smoking and one of us is not taking our pill! Holler Annie’s having a baby, everybody!”
But another child was something the country artist wasn’t sure about due to her age. “When I turned 40, my husband and I decided to put the decision to have a baby in the hands of fate,” she told PEOPLE following her announcement. “A year and a half after we ‘stopped being careful’ we were blessed with two pink lines. To say the least, we were both shocked and overjoyed.”
“As an outspoken, female artist, I feel like this is just one more thing that I’m meant to take on in this life. I’m ready to rock being an older mom,” Presley added at the time.
Presley revealed she was expecting a daughter in September, at a gender reveal party attended by close friends and family including bandmate Monroe, 32. Presley and Jed cut into a cake to reveal a pink center, which received cheers from the surrounding audience.
“We both guessed boy. I had a gut feeling that it was a girl but remained in denial until the moment it was confirmed,” she told PEOPLE exclusively. “We had a whole list of boy names but hadn’t really even scratched the surface on girl names.”
“The moment we found out was glorious,” she recalled. “We were surrounded by close friends and family and there was a literal gasp when big brother cut the cake and revealed that we were having a girl. The whole rest of the day was filled with talk of tea parties and frilly hand-me-downs.”