40 Celebs That Are Musicians - and Also Moms!
These musical mommas are balancing their busy careers and motherhood
As the most Grammy-winning performer of all time, Beyoncé is not only one of the hardest working artists, but she's also a hard working mom!
All while raising daughter Blue Ivy, 9, and 3-year-old twins Rumi and Sir, Beyoncè became the first Black woman to headline Coachella, produced and curated the Lion King: The Gift, released her Grammy-nominated album Black Is King and more.
The singer shared with British Vogue that her life changed after she delivered her first child.
"Something cracked open inside of me right after giving birth to my first daughter," said Knowles. "From that point on, I truly understood my power, and motherhood has been my biggest inspiration. It became my mission to make sure [Blue Ivy] lived in a world where she feels truly seen and valued."
Kelly Rowland can do it all!
The former Destiny's Child member is not only a singer, fashionista, and mom, but also an author. In 2017, Rowland released the book, Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out, where she talks about life after giving birth to her first son, Titan, 6.
"My favorite part about being a mom to boys is you're their first idea of a relationship, you know what I mean?" says Rowland. "I love hearing Titan go, 'Mommy! Mommy!' too, just my hugs and my kisses. It's awesome."
Ciara is loving being a mama!
The singer is mother to 3-year-old daughter Sienna Princess and 7-month-old son Win Harrison, both of which she shares with husband and NFL player Russell Wilson. Her oldest son, Future Zahir, 6, whom she co-parents with her ex-fiancé, rapper Future, completes her blended family!
The mother of three talked about motherhood changing her life in the best way possible with W Magazine.
"It's changed me for the better. It's made me not sweat the small stuff. I think [being a mom] gives you more compassion in life, and more love in your heart," said Ciara. "I have to say, I do love giving love [laughs] but I want to give more. There's nothing sweeter than putting a smile on your kid's face; there's nothing sweeter than putting a smile on another kid's face."
Cardi B is making sure to raise her daughter with self-confidence.
The rapper is mother to 2-year-old daughter Kulture Kiari, whom she's raising with her husband, rapper Offset. While Kulture is already taking after her mom with a sassy and funny personality, the toddler already has over one million followers on Instagram.
Cardi shared with Billboard that above all else she wants to make sure that Kulture knows that she's "that girl."
"I always want her to know that she's beautiful," she said. "She knows what type of person I am, and when she gets older, clearly she's gonna hear me expressing myself because we live in the same damn house. I just want her to know: I might be a little crazy, but I have a good heart and I love her. I want her to be confident always."
She added, "Don't let one comment break you and make you feel like you're not that girl. You that girl."
Mariah Carey is having double the fun with being a mom with her twins.
The "All I Want for Christmas" singer is the mother to fraternal twins Monroe and Moroccan, 10, who she co-parents with ex-husband Nick Cannon. In her 2020 memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the singer wrote about providing a life for her children that would be vastly different than her upbringing.
While five-time Grammy winner came from a childhood of instability, Queen Mariah is making sure her children live a life fit for royalty.
"Rather than being uprooted 13 times, they live in multiple gorgeous, pristine, and palatial homes," she wrote. "Instead of exposed nails in the stairs and filthy carpeting, they run freely down long, shiny marble hallways, slide in their socks, and squeal with delight. In lieu of a three-legged rocking couch, they watch films on a cinema-style screen from a steady, luxurious custom-made one of goose-down cushions that's bigger than my first apartment."
This next singing mom is taking parenthood "One Step at a Time."
After becoming a mom in 2018, Jordin Sparks is as happy as can be. Her adorable son, Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., 3, was born through a drug-free water birth which she told PEOPLE at the time was a moving experience.
"It was just this incredibly miraculous, beautiful moment that I don't know could ever be duplicated," said Sparks. "You see in movies how emotional people get, but until you are actually sitting there … it's beyond anything I've ever felt in my life."
In an Instagram post from 2018, the singer wrote that being with her husband, Dana Isaiah, and her baby boy is the "happiest place on earth." Aw!
This mom is on fire!
While the singer has got her hands full with these two young boys, she has no intention of letting them go. In an April 8 Instagram post, the singer shared a sweet photo of her and her boys in the pool.
"I'm here for all of this!!!" wrote Keys. "One day they will be so big I won't be able to hold them both at the same time."
"Motherhood, I find, makes you look at yourself in a way that is a mirror like no other that you've been presented with before," Keys told PEOPLE in 2019. "I think it makes you look at what you have taken or learned from other people and how that becomes your truth, whether it's yours or not."
Even after giving birth, Christina Milian looks gorgeous.
On April 24, the singer gave birth to her third child, a baby boy named Kenna.
The "Dip It Low" singer and her boyfriend Matt Pokora share her newborn son Kenna and another baby boy named Isaiah, 14 months. The singer is also mom to 11-year-old daughter Violet Madison, whom she shares with ex-husband The-Dream.
Milian told PEOPLE last year that getting to spend quality time with her kids in the pandemic was a blessing.
"I'm super happy. I have a really happy baby," Milian said. "Honestly, with all this stuff going on, it kind of was a blessing in disguise to be able to spend so much time together and to not be forced to rush right back to work. It's been nice to just be home and be with my daughter and have this bonding experience."
Janet Jackson is a mom to a beautiful baby boy.
Jackson, 54, is mother to 4-year-old son Eissa, whom she shares with ex-husband Wissam Al Mana.
The singer in 2019 talked about how her son is one of the most important aspects of her life on Australia's Carrie & Tommy.
"I've always been a patient person, but there's more patience that you have to have [in motherhood] and I never knew I was as patient as I really am," the "Together Again" songstress continued. "He's first and foremost in my life. I get up, I go to sleep - everything is about him. He comes first in my life."
Kehlani is making sure her baby grows up knowing love comes in all different forms, not just straight.
The 26-year-old "Distraction" singer is mom to daughter Adeya Nomi, 2, whom she shares with guitarist Javie Young-White. Speaking with The Advocate, Kehlani told the magazine they're raising their child surrounded by a group of loved ones who are "loudly queer."
"We'll be reading queer stories, queer books where the baby has two dads, two moms, two parents who don't identify as either. Movies that have that," Kehlani said. "She sees healthy queer couples. So, I don't think that she's going to even think about it as 'This is different from normal.' "
Jennifer Lopez has many titles: singer, actress, performer.. and mother.
The "On The Floor" singer told Today in an emotional interview that she almost thought having kids "wasn't going to happen."
"They just make my life so much better," Lopez said. "I'm forever grateful. I didn't have kids until later. I almost thought it wasn't going to happen for me, so I'm very aware that I was blessed with that and it could have been something different. I don't take it for granted."
Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" and neither does she about the realities of being a mother.
The singer is mom to two boys, Milan, 8, and Sasha, 6, whom she shares with partner and Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué.
While Shakira has been well adjusted now to the responsibilities of motherhood, back in the early stages of being a new parent she got real about the challenges she faced.
"I'm one of those tiger moms, who is all the time looking for help and information online and researching and reading. It's not easy to be a mother," the singer said back in 2015 during the Fisher Price's Happy Factor Panel, which focused on the challenges of early motherhood.
"Maybe the biggest change is that I think about the future more, what the world will be like for him when he grows up. But when it comes to living, it's all about the present," Shakira told PEOPLE in 2014 about becoming a mom for the first time. "I'm finally able to really savor all of those little moments that, in the early days of my career, I was too busy thinking about the next thing to just stop, take it all in, and enjoy."
Christina Aguilera is not only a wonderful singer, but also an amazing mother.
"We make blended families work. It's a beautiful thing," wrote the singer on an Instagram post for her son's birthday.
"It's definitely not easy. I will openly say that," she told PEOPLE about balancing motherhood with her ever-evolving career. "The key is truly making sure that they always feel safe and always feel connected."
While Maren Morris is a new mother, she's also confident in the new changes with her body.
"I feel like it really took me a second to realize, 'Hey, I don't need to just snap back to how I looked before to feel sexy or powerful or myself even,'" said Morris. "I was the house, and I feel like that's given me so much confidence that I didn't have before when I was a size two," she reveals. "So I definitely feel like being a mom has made me feel really powerful in my own body because look what we're capable of."
This next singer is a rockstar and a rocking mom.
Pink shares daughter Willow, 9, and son Jameson, 4, with husband Carey Hart. The "So What" singer graced the cover of PEOPLE's Beautiful Issue in 2018 and talked about how her parenting style is different from how her parents raised her.
"Yeah, I believe in affection," she said. "I believe in needs being met and faith being implemented, and I believe in letting your kids know they can count on you, and that you'll be there. My parents obviously did not believe in that and I worked out okay. I always tell Willow, '''m going to teach you the rules so that you'll know how and when to break them.'"
Adele's son makes her heart sing!
The soulful singer shares 8-year-old son, Angelo, with ex-husband Simon Konecki.
The Grammy winner told Rolling Stone that her son brings out the best in her.
"He's a little angel," she said of her boy. "All the things I really like about myself, he brings out in me, and he's the only person that tells me no. He completely rules me. He's the boss of me, and it's so funny for other people to watch, because I'm the boss of everything in my work life."
Madonna is another momma on the list!
Her children include Lourdes Leon, 24, Mercy James, 15; twins Stelle and Estere Ciccone, 8; and her sons, Rocco Ritchie, 20, and David Banda, 15. She became mom to Lourdes with former flame Carlos Leon and Rocco and David Banda with ex-husband Guy Ritchie. She adopted her three youngest daughters as a single mom.
"It's inexplicable," she said at the time of what drew her to her children. "It's like saying, 'Why do you fall in love with the people you fall in love with?' You look into the eyes of somebody, you feel their soul, you feel touched by them - that's it."
"Sometimes I would just close my eyes and just think, 'Why isn't my kitchen filled with dancing children?' There's so many children that need a home," she recalled at the time. "I thought, 'What am I waiting for? Just do it.' "
The "California Gurls" singer chatted with Kerr on Instagram live about their blended family and what it means to be a mother.
"It's the best job. It's the most fulfilling," Perry said about being a mom. "There was no feeling like the feeling when I had my daughter. That was like all the love I was ever searching for what like 'Bam.'"
"The love from your children is constant and unconditional and isn't based on what you have, what you don't have, what career, what product and that's definitely made me feel so full to know that there's this unwavering and unconditional love," she said.
Solange and her son are best friends.
The "Cranes in the Sky" singer has a close relationship to her only child, Daniel Julez, 16. While the Grammy winner became a young parent at 17 with ex-husband Daniel Smith, she remarried in 2014 to music video director Alan Ferguson, and she and her son performed an adorable dancing duet to Rae Sremmurd's "No Flex Zone" at the wedding reception.
In a personal essay she wrote to her younger self in Teen Vogue, Solange talked about becoming a mother and giving birth to her best friend.
"You will be terrified, and it's ok that you don't know what the future holds," she wrote to her teenage self on becoming a mother. "Some people will count you out because of the decision you've made to bring another life into the world so young, but you made the decision out of love and will live with the decision in love."
Jhene Aiko puts as much focus into her career as she does caring for her daughter.
The Grammy nominated singer, 33, became a mother at 20 when she gave birth to her only child Namiko Love, 12, but didn't let that make her take a backseat to pursing her musical career. She opened up about her career and motherhood to CR Fashion Book.
"I never intended to have a baby so young, but as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with a new focus and drive," said Aiko. "I knew I didn't want a regular job, I wanted to provide a life for me and my daughter that was beyond myself."
"Everything changed when I was 20 and got unexpectedly pregnant. It made me focus and connect with who I was and who I wanted to be. While Namiko was still in my belly, I did my first mixtape, signed a new record deal with Def Jam-and here we are today."
Gwen Stefani loves being a boy mom!
She's a mother to three boys (with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale) - Apollo Bowie Flynn, 7, Zuma Nesta Rock,12, and Kingston James McGregor, 14. The "Sweet Escape" singer told PEOPLE in 2017 that her parenting style turned out to be different than she imagined.
"I was in a band and free my whole life, so I always thought I would be really free with [my kids] and do whatever I wanted, like, 'Oh, I'll take them out of school,'" said the former No Doubt rocker. "But you learn that when they have boundaries is when they feel the safest."
She added, "What I learned about having kids and having a career is [it's] not all about us," she says. "You realize that they only want you to care about them. It's just that automatic, like, 'You're my mom!'"
Kelly Clarkson says being a mother makes her "Stronger."
Clarkson at the NBCUniversal Winter 2018 TCA press tour talked about how her children teach her to be a better version of herself.
"[Kids] are challenging. Wine is necessary. They're great though. Out of the mouths of babes. They say stuff where you're like 'Damn.' They call you out," said Clarkson. "I know it sounds silly but kids teach you to be a better human. They're watching every moment, not only me at home but me sitting here with y'all."
She added, "I'm going to teach my kids to do what they love, regardless if they're the most famous person doing it. Love what you do. Love who you work with and don't work with people you don't and don't do things you don't love."
Jessica Simpson adores her trio of children.
"Three is challenging. We are trying to get into the groove and make sure all three kids are getting equal attention … it's more than a full-time job right now," Simpson told PEOPLE in 2019 of her and husband Eric Johnson's dynamic with their kids: daughters Birdie Mae, 2, and Maxwell "Maxi" Drew, 9, plus 7-year-old son Ace Knute.
In April, Simpson talked to PEOPLE about how she's handling parenting in the pandemic with her three growing kids.
"I have also learned just about every project with tie-dye and slime [and] every sport you can play in a backyard, and I have memorized what every single cul-de-sac in my neighborhood looks like," Simpson joked.
She added, "Kids are way more resilient than we give them credit for….In many ways, they were the peaceful force that made life precious in this trying time."
Iggy Azalea is devoted to being a good mother to her son.
Azalea is mom to 1-year-old Onyx whom she shares with her ex, rapper Playboi Carti. The "Fancy" rapper first revealed she was a mom via Instagram last June.
"I have a son," Azalea began in a message on her Instagram story. "I kept waiting for the right time to say something, but it feels like the more time passes, the more I realize I'm always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world."
In April, the artist shared an adorable Instagram post in honor of her son's special day.
"Happy 1st Birthday to my favorite person in the entire universe! 💖," the singer wrote. "I never thought I could love anything or anyone this much, Onyx you're a joy. Your happiness is my happiness."
Britney Spears is mother to growing boys Jayden James, 14, and Sean Preston, 15.
"My kids come first, always," Spears told PEOPLE in 2017. "There is nothing more rewarding than being a mom and watching my sons grow into young men...I am so lucky that I get to experience all of life's adventures with them."
She added, "I love watching them play sports and just running around with them….We have a lot of fun together."
Hilary Duff is another musical mom on the list and she's feeling good about it!
The "Come Clean" singer and her husband, singer Matthew Koma, welcomed daughter Mae James in March, who joins their other daughter Banks Violet, 2, and Duff's son Luca Cruz, 9, from her first marriage.
"I have help, but babies just want their mom. Even Luca is still like, 'Mom, Mom, Mom.' Mom cooks the thing the right way, and Mom packs the bag the right way. It's crazy," Duff told PEOPLE on her life as a mom of three. "It's a learning curve to throw a newborn into the mix. A lot of people have been like, 'That third kid really gets you.' And they're right!"
She added, "I love when everyone's full of energy and the house is buzzing. You never know what the day is going to bring or what your kid's going to say. We're in the thick of it, and it feels good."
Carrie Underwood is a "Good Girl" and a good mom.
This busy mom has had to do her fair share of balancing work with mom duties as she took both her children on her 2019 "Cry Pretty" tour.
"There is a thing about motherhood that makes you feel like, 'Okay, if I can do that, I can do anything,'" Underwood told PEOPLE in 2019 about becoming a mother of two. "And I feel like I'm a little older, a little wiser. This isn't my first rodeo."
Underwood also got candid about her past pregnancy difficulties before welcoming her youngest son.
"I put a lot of stress on myself - I feel like a lot of moms do, a lot of women do," she said. "The best moments in my life are when I say, 'Hey, I can't control everything, and that's okay. God is in control.'"
Jennifer Nettles wants everyone to support working mothers!
The country star shares 8-year-old son Magnus with ex-husband Justin Miller. The lead singer of Sugarland told Closer Weekly in 2019 that her biggest challenge was touring on the road while also being a mom.
"We need to support women more because if they do better, they're going to be able to actually take support with them on the road and still continue to do what they love and what we love them to do," Nettles said. "Becoming a mom and staying in this business, that's the biggest hurdle."
She also shared at the time she hoped to continue raising her son with good morals and values.
"I hope to keep him grounded. He's only 6, so he's not super aware in terms of what might be being in the public eye or celebrity or fame or anything like that," she explained. "So we'll see what messages he gets along the way!"
Katharine McPhee finds being a new mom comes "natural" to her.
The singer added, "I'm a little bit tired here and there but I find times to nap... he's such a good little baby and I'm so in love ... It's my greatest job I'll ever have."
In March, the Country Comfort actress also opened up to PEOPLE about loving her mom bod and the happiness of welcoming a new child.
"I thought I would have this pressure [to bounce back] but I've just been so grateful and happy that I've had a healthy baby and I've felt really good, emotionally and physically... I'm so happy that I don't have this crazy pressure yet to fit into whatever jeans I have in my closet."
McPhee added, "I don't even think about them right now! In my everyday life, I would have an event coming up or need to work out and it's just really nice to have a break and be happy where I am."
"Oh my gosh, it's awesome," she said during rehearsals for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. "It's a whole new world, honestly. It's so true all the cliché sayings - when you have kids, everything changes in your world; just flips upside down."
Rachel Platten is expecting her second child!
As a first time mom in 2019, Platten got candid with PEOPLE and talked about the realties of having a newborn and adjusting to life with Violet.
"It's really important to me that I'm not painting only a rosy picture of motherhood and early motherhood because I don't want moms to read this and be like, 'Wow, Rachel had it all together,'" she said. "I was certainly having sleepless nights, overwhelmed, crying, exhausted. But when you look at her and smell her little head and see her little tushy, I would just melt and be like, 'Okay, this is why I'm doing this.'"
"Violet is such an easy baby and my maternal instinct kicked in really quickly," she added. "I couldn't believe how easy it felt to love her and how much I wanted to protect her and swaddle this sweet baby in love and comfort."
As Mandy Moore celebrated her first Mother's Day over the weekend, she also "can't wait" to have another child.
The singer and This Is Us actress, welcomed son August "Gus" Harrison on Feb. 20 with husband Taylor Goldsmith. Speaking on Informed Pregnancy Podcast with Dr. Elliot Berlin in March, Moore opened up about giving birth for the first time.
"I've never felt this kind of love. It was like the world stopped again, and you're not aware of anything else that's going on. That's why the tearing, all of it, it doesn't exist. It doesn't matter," she said. "You just have your baby on you. And I couldn't imagine anything else mattering."
She added, "I've said to my husband so many times - and really anyone that has come by that will listen - I'm like, 'I can't wait to do it again.' As harrowing as the journey was, I miss it."
Jana Kramer is the next musical mother on the list!
"Being a mom has changed me in so many ways. I had zero patience before kids," the country singer and actress said. "I love singing, I love acting, I love doing my podcast and creating things, but being a mom is what truly fulfills me. It is the best part of my day, even though it's the most stressful."
"The last month I kept saying 'why,'" wrote Kramer. "Well now I know the why. It was so I could be a mommy to these two incredible babies. Being chosen as your mom will always be the greatest chapters of my life. Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas out there however that looks."
Hill is mom to Gracie, 24, Audrey, 19 , and Maggie, 22, who she shares with fellow singer Tim McGraw.
Back in 2009, the singer told Redbook about how her and McGraw are helping their growing girls become empowered young women.
"We have tried to lay the foundation for the girls to have a sense of self-worth that goes way beyond anything that's not real or achievable," said Hill. "As a family, we always talk about being healthy and how beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes."
The singer also opened up about what it's been like watching her trio of daughters grow up right before her eyes.
"There is a strength that comes with giving birth to children. As they're getting older, their needs are so evident on a daily basis, but also their need for independence," said Hill. "Watching each of them establish their independence and seeing them put it to good use gives me strength and confidence."
In February, Meghan Trainor became a new mom!
"This sweet baby boy's due date was today on Valentine's Day 💝 We got to meet him Monday, Feb 8th! We are SO IN LOVE 🥰😭 Thank you @darylsabara for the best Valentine's gift ever! Welcome to the world Riley!" the new mom shared via Instagram.
The "All About That Bass" singer also shared a recent video in April of Riley.
"My heart," she captioned the clip. "Baby Riley is 2 months old and smiling more than ever!"
Mickey Guyton is another new mom on the list.
The country singer gave birth to her son, Grayson Clark, in February. The first time mom shares Grayson with husband Grant Savoy.
The "Black Like Me" singer opened up to PEOPLE in March about welcoming her son into the world.
"Literally he is all I think about. And he's my reason. I'm doing all of this for him. I just want to make him proud," Guyton said. "And to make this world easier for him as he grows up and becomes a young Black man. I'm just obsessed with him if you can't tell, like really, really obsessed with him."
Guyton added, "So far, I think he's going to be a very calm, independent child. Like he definitely likes his autonomy. He's really sweet, he likes to eat. I think he's gonna be tall. He's really just a sweet, sweet baby."
Brandi Carlile says she's taking queer parenting day-by-day.
The Grammy-winning artist came out in 2002 and later tied the knot with Catherine Shepherd in 2012. The pair are now moms to daughters Elijah, 2, and Evangeline, 6, and in an essay for Parents magazine's February issue, Carlile opened up about parenting in a queer relationship.
"There's no way to prepare same-sex parents for what a lifetime of exposure to only heteronormative parenting will do to your heart and mind while you're contemplating and creating a new little life," said Carlile.
However, she shared that with help from her kids, she's getting the hang of parenting them.
"Our kids know us .... like, really know us. We are learning about ourselves through them. They're the teachers. I'm Mama and Catherine is Mummy," she said. "The girls decided that on their own, probably based on what we call our own mothers."
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Jessie James Decker loves raising her "wolf pack."
The singer shared with PEOPLE's "How I Parent" section and mentioned what she thought the best thing has been about being a mom.
"My favorite thing is feeling the unconditional love I have for my children. I love waking up in the middle of the night because our daughter snuck in our bed," said the "Almost Over You" singer. "I'll see her little face and her nose is on my nose, and she's smiling. She'll have messy hair and her little blankets with her. I love going into Forrest's room while he's trying to jump out of his crib because he's so excited."
She added, "I just love being with them all the time, they're my favorite people. Knowing that Eric and I made our family out of love makes me fall for them even more. We're like a wolf pack and there's nothing stronger than that."
When the couple was starting off as new parents, Fairchild shared with PEOPLE about bringing their baby boy to the beach for the first time.
"He was 5 months old and we went to Rosemary Beach in Florida. We realized quickly that lugging a little guy around makes the beach a lot different," said Fairchild. "We were worn out! We didn't have it down yet as new parents. It took us the next beach trip to get it together."
At the 2019 Grammy Awards, Fairchild mentioned how Elijah and the other kids of Little Big Town were starting to take after their parents' musical abilities.
"It started on the bus because they're on the tour with us all the time and they have little dance parties and perform," said Fairchild. "They make the crew pay tickets. We give them back their money but they bring the crew on the bus and they're like, 'Watch us perform!'"
"They call themselves the Little Big Kids," she added.
The singer opened up to PEOPLE about her pregnancy troubles and being gifted with her first daughter Daisy.
"When we got pregnant on our honeymoon, it was just the most incredible gift. I believe that my first husband, who was in heaven, I believe he begged God, 'Let's give her what she's always wanted for a wedding gift,'" said the singer. "I believe that with all my heart, and so I got pregnant on my honeymoon. I know that was his wedding gift from heaven to me. I am 100 percent sure."
Later Schlapman welcomed baby Dolly into her life and thus completed her happy little family!
"Daisy prayed for a sibling for years," said Schlapman. "She begged us and God for years, and even asked Santa Claus this year for a sibling….[Dolly] was always meant to be a part of our family. We had a little puzzle piece missing and she's filled it up. We are ecstatic."