Zac Brown Welcomes Daughter Georgia Sloan

09/11/2009 at 10:15 AM ET

C. Taylor Crothers

News of his four Country Music Association nominations Wednesday morning left singer Zac Brown “elated, excited, amazed,” he told PEOPLE, but the evening held an even bigger, better surprise: the birth of his third daughter.

Zac and his wife, Shelly, welcomed Georgia Sloan Brown at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. Baby Georgia, who weighed in at 8 lbs., 9 oz, joins older sisters Lucy, 16 months, and Justice, 2 ½.

“September ninth was a day of many blessings for the Brown family,” the rep said in a statement.

The Atlanta-based country singer, whose CMA nods were his first, spoke with PEOPLE Wednesday as he and his wife were on their way to the doctor, soon after he had learned of the CMA news via text message.

The Zac Brown Band received nominations for new artist, vocal group, and single and song of the year for “Chicken Fried,” a tune Zac co-wrote celebrating “the simple things in life that we sometimes forget” — like fried chicken, sweet tea and, appropriately, as the song says, “the touch of a precious child.”

The couple announced the pregnancy in February.

— Eileen Finan

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Megan on

I love Zac Brown! His day was filled with excitement with his CMA nominations and then the birth of his daughter. I really love the name; I actually love the names of all his children, very sweet and soft but yet so unique. Congratulations to him and his wife; they are going to have their hands full with 3 little ones so close in age!

Shelly Lockhart on

Congrats to Zac, Shelly, Justice, & Lucy! I love the name. It’s girly and wholesome. Congrats again!!

Forever Moore on

Gorgeous name they chose!

Emily on

I saw him on Paula Deen and loved him! What a pretty name…

And MAN are those girls close in age! They’re going to be busy for sure!

poupsie on

Wow , 3 girls in less than 3 years. It’s my dream. Beautiful family

CTBmom on

Love his music! Congrats on Georgia…lovely name. And wow 3 girls so close together! What a busy, but fun home that must be =)

danda_lion on

Sweet Georgia Brown!

Katie on

Congrats! Absolutely LOVE the name!!

Electra on

Cool name!

marimel on

ahhh i was just rockin’ out to him in the car! I love Zac Brown Band! A huge congrats to him and his family! I’m supposed to see him at the kenny chesney concert next week… hope he’s able to make it. I know he’s from Georgia and credits the state for helping him rise to fame, so I wonder if Georgia is one huge THANK YOU to the state?

marlee on

Love the names together – very sweet.

mom to boys on

Congratulations. I love his album!

Essi on

That is such a lovely name for a little girl! Great news!

amanda on

WOW, what a surprise. I have been listening to his music all day and now this wonderful news. Congratulations to the Brown family. God bless.

Jaime on

I love the name, and I love Zac Brown! We are seeing him in concert on Sept 27th!!!!

j on

“sweet peach ‘georgia brown.'” my dad’s band did a cover of that tune. cool.

Kait on

Aw, Congrats. My sister just got me into his band. Cutest name ever! I love the name Sloan for a girl, just could never think of what it sounded well with, and Georgia is cute too!

Erika on

Aww congrats to him! How exciting to have 3 little girls so close in age- they’ll probably be good friends growing up!

Mallory on

A few things…

Cute name!

Congrats on the baby! (Holy cow they have kids close together!)

But I’m confused…on the pregnancy announcement page, CBB, you said the sisters were Justice and Ruby. not Justice and Lucy. Was it just a miscommunication earlier?

Yes, the initial information was misreported by Us Weekly unfortunately, and then we picked it up. Checked with the rep and they do not have a Ruby.

— CBB Staff

TMia on

I’m not very familiar with him but congrats on the new baby. I absolutely love her name as well as her sisters names. Having them all under 3 and so close would definitely make me nervous but i’m sure It’ll be fun.

April on

I love the name! Georgia is one of my all time favorite girl’s names!

Courtney on

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love him!

Chicken Fried is one of my 3 girls favorite songs!

SO cool to have girls so close in age, Mine are nearly identical except I had 2 1/2, 14 months and newborn..;)

meghan on

wow – they’re like us! except we have them beat by a few months! nice to see others with kids so close together!

Dierna on

Ok now…how many times will she be asked in her life if she’s ever been to a Harlem Globetrotters game? *lol* Love the name and the song….

Names 4 Real on

I love the name Georgia Sloan. So great.

Samantha on

Don’t know who he is, but I like his kid’s names!

Elby on

I’ve never heard of Zac Brown and love the name Georgia but here in England Sloan is a word used to describe a particular sort of girl – they live on their dad’s money, don’t need to work, went to public (that is, fee-paying) school, wear alice bands and wax jackets and clothes from Jaeger, Jigsaw and higher-end designers and are generally quite Ra. Princess Di was a classic example of a Sloan in the days before she married Charlie boy.
Clearly in America that name is not going to have that connotation but I couldn’t help but snigger when I read it.

FL mom on

Elby, perhaps it’s a family name.

I never heard that about “Sloan,” but will not forget now! :p

Jane on

I love the names Georgia and Lucy. Justice is an odd choice. I love this band!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

Elby, I’ve heard of that term here in NZ too, though it’s not used here, have heard of it and being that description/image you mention, lol…Guess as she’s in the US won’t be relevant and be a prob to her as she grows up, diff countries, diff terms etc, but made me grin too. Like the name Georgia though.

Ames on

Any idea on what Justice or Lucy’s middle names are?

up2par on

My daughter’s name is Sloan. Different and pretty

John and Traice on

Congrats to the Brown family! We meet Zac and his band Thursday night in Salem Va. We had “Eat and Greet” passes, a must do!! We spoke w/ his entire band and the food….awesome doesn’t even do it justice! Zac is a real down to earth guy as well as his band. Very humble, great musician just a great guy. Once you meet him you would think you have known him your whole life. He is just a very special person. What a show they put on! They rocked the house. Good music for all ages! He is a proud pappa of 3 girls!Chef Rusty (Zac’s chef on the road/and friend) is super! Go see them you’ll be sold for life!

Chandler Brown on

He is my favorite singer ever. The first time I saw him he was at my home town Fair. For all i know i could be his causin ha we were both born in the same area and have the same last name and my family has been here for houndreds of years. That would be pretty cool if we were but I dought it.

bybybaby on

i love zac brown i cant balieve all of the girls are close in age