Celebrity Parents Colton Dixon Recalls How He 'Prayed' When One of His Twin Daughters Was Born 'Without a Pulse' "We watched and prayed as the doctors and nurses resuscitated our daughter back to life," singer Colton Dixon tells PEOPLE By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines and Anya Leon Anya Leon Anya Leon is a Senior News Editor and the Parents Editor for PEOPLE. She's been at the brand for over 14 years in various roles across the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. She has appeared on PEOPLE's podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, and covers everything from exclusive pregnancy news to every single Kardashian birth (11 and counting!). She resides in Northern Virginia with her family. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 3, 2020 03:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Colton Dixon relied on his faith when the recent arrival of his newborns didn't go according to plan. On Aug. 18, the American Idol alum and wife Annie welcomed identical twin daughters Ava Dior and Athens Elizabeth after what Dixon calls "the perfect pregnancy." The delivery, however, didn't go as smoothly. "Annie never got sick, not once. Every checkup was textbook perfect," he tells PEOPLE. "People would stare at just how well she was carrying not one, but two babies. But the delivery was a different story." Dixon, 28, says that the couple's "plans changed" after about 30 hours of labor, and Annie prepared for an emergency cesarean section. "We never expected our little Ava Dior would arrive in the world without a pulse. In that moment, we had a choice: faith or fear," says the singer. "We watched and prayed as the doctors and nurses resuscitated our daughter back to life." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Colton Dixon's daughter Dior. Colton Dixon Colton Dixon's daughters Dior and Athens. @Darlingjulietphoto /Julia Cox Colton Dixon and wife Annie with daughters Dior and Athens. @Darlingjulietphoto /Julia Cox RELATED GALLERY: Welcome to the World! See All of the Celebrity Babies Born in 2020 "After several days in the NICU, Dior was able to join us at home, happy and healthy. That was a great day," he adds. "Life doesn't always happen the way we want it to, but we believe that life is more about the way we respond to things than what happens to us. We thank God and our amazing doctors and nurses for our two little miracles." The Christian music artist, who placed seventh on the 11th season of Idol, says the experience gave a newfound poignancy to his tune from earlier this year titled "Miracles," telling PEOPLE, "To be honest, this recent journey has given the song a whole new meaning to me." Ava, or simply Dior as her parents have come to call her, was born weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz., while her sister Athens weighed in at 5 lbs., 6 oz. "Everyone meet Athens Elizabeth and Ava Dior Dixon. We are over the moon to experience life with these twin girls," the couple told PEOPLE last month. Sharing a photo of their newborns' tiny toes, the new parents added, "They truly are our two little miracles." @Darlingjulietphoto /Julia Cox Colton Dixon's daughters Dior and Athens. @Darlingjulietphoto /Julia Cox Dixon's rep revealed the couple's pregnancy news exclusively to PEOPLE in February, following up a few weeks later with the surprise that they were actually expecting twins — though they originally thought the babies were fraternal and later announced during the couple's April sex reveal that the girls were identical. "I went in to the ultrasound too excited to sit, so I stood as our technician started showing us a first glimpse of our baby," Dixon previously recalled. "Before I knew it, I was back in the chair trying to wrap my head around TWINS!" "As soon as we got home, I got to work painting and rearranging furniture all over the house," he continued. "I admit that my wife was the stronger one that day, but I don't think we could be more excited to meet our two little ones. What a blessing." "I felt like we were in a dream," added Annie of learning that they would soon become a family of four. "It did not feel real at first. Once the news set in, it brought another level of excitement."