Chris Sligh Welcomes Daughter Keira Lennon

11/01/2010 at 01:00 PM ET
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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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luv on

this precious baby girl so sweet and has her father’s love and attention that I hope will always be.

Nancy on

Cute middle name.

Dawn on

Chris and Sarah, Keira is beautiful! Congratulations!

luvspurple on

congrats on your beautiful, new baby girl Chris & Sarah!

Risalea on

Thanks for carrying this story. I’ve followed Chris and his career since he left Idol. Congrats to Sarah, Chris, Granna, Pops, and Sarah’s fam. She’s a doll baby!

katie on

congratulations chris and sarah! she’s beautiful! so happy to hear that she’s here and healthy!

Aubrey on

Thank you People for including this story on your site! Those of us who are fans of Christian music don’t often see our favorite artists in the mainstream media, so this is a real treat.

Chris and Sarah, congratulations! Keira is just beautiful and she is so blessed to be born to wonderful parents like you!

Mar on

Congratulations to the Sligh family! She’s so precious. Love the name.

~C on

Thanks for carrying this story! We love Chris and his devotion to the Lord! Congrats, cutest baby!

Rosalee on

What a beautiful baby! The Slighs deserve much happiness. Thank you,, for running this story.

josh lauritch on

awe! she’s precious. thanks for picking up the story! love chris!!!

Blogger Auntie DJ on

What a great story on my favorite artist/singer! I’ve followed Chris since AI and not only does he have an amazing voice his music, lyrically touches the heart with meaningful messages. Chris is the real deal and very generous with giving his time to his fans. Sarah and Chris are a wonderful couple who deserve nothing but the best life can bring! And Keira Lennon, well the picture says it all, she is a gorgeous baby who just happens to have 2 of the most amazing people on the planet for parents! Congratulations to the entire Sligh family! And to People for their story!

SM on

Congrats to the Sligh Family!! Thanks for posting the story!!

Meamesy on

Congratulations to the Sligh family…and thank you to People for carrying the story! What a beautiful baby :o)

Mac on

Wow, that is wonderful. Congrats to Chris and Sarah. Thanks to people for carrying an uplifting story!! Baby Keira….you Rock!!!!

Bonnie on

Awesome! Chris has a new member of the Fro Patrol! Thank you for carrying the article about the beautiful baby girl! I’m sure she will be beautiful like her mother!

Carmen on

Thank you People for carrying this story. It is always great to see what is going on with the idols after their season is over. Congratulations to Sarah & Chris. Their baby girl Keira is absolutely beautiful. She looks a lot like her daddy.

Robyn on

This precious baby girl, Kiera is so lucky to have two wonderfully loving parents like Sarah and Chris!! Not to mention the whole Fro Patro blogger community!! The love abounds! Couldn’t have happened to two more deserving people. Congratulations to the whole Sligh family.

Sherri on

Thanks to & CBB for sharing their story!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SLIGH FAMILY on the blessed arrival of their beautiful baby girl!!! We love ya’ll! 🙂

Blogger Auntie Cathy on

Thank you so much People for running this story.

I have also followed Chris’s career since American Idol and he is so amazing. His voice and the songs he writes touch somewhere deep in my soul. Him and Sarah both are amazing people and I am so glad I have gotten to know them.

Little Keira is absolutely beautiful. Chris and Sarah will be the best parents and this little angel will be so loved.

Congratulations to both Chris and Sarah, Chris’s family and Sarah’s family. And also to the “blogger” family. We are all so proud.

Tater on

Congrats to the Sligh’s…Ive been following Chris since I heard him sing at North Greenville University when we were both in college there…Thanks People for posting this…it nice to read news about something good…

Denise Pagano on

Thanks again People for carrying this story on Chris & his beautiful wife! What a gorgeous baby!! Nice to hear about a positive story, and about a great musician like Chris! Way to go!

Rebekah Perry on

What a beauiful and precious little baby girl! Thank you so much for posting this picture and article on!!!

JM on

congrats to them. Lennon my eldest son’s middle name, for the same reason 🙂 i am a massive beatles fan. i have never heard of this guy before but i wish him all the happiness in the world with his new little baby.

Audra on

What a beautiful little girl! This child will be surronded with so much love! Congratulations to Chris and Sarah from Delilah’s mommy. Thank you people for carrying this story!

April on

What a beautiful baby girl, congratulations.

Is it just me or do these comments seem a little spammy?

torgster on

April I agree. Every second post references People and This isn’t normal for sure.

Blogger Auntie DJ on

Nope April I think they are legit, Chris has a pretty strong grass-roots following!

TireWidow1 on

She’s a BEAUTIFUL baby! Congrats Chris and Sarah!

meghan on

A beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. Congratulations!

Jon on

I must say, that is the most beautiful child my eyes have ever beheld. I think I like her.

Lindsay on

Awww, what a cute baby! I love his song, “In A Moment.” My friend, Josh, is singing it at my wedding in a couple weeks.

Jennifer on


Seemed a little “spammy” to me too. His facebook page is asking his fans to leave comments thanking people for carrying this story. I don’t have a problem with that though.

robinepowell on

I like the name Keira, it’s becoming a popular girls name.

A Halloween baby!! Pretty cool. I bet she’ll like all things Halloween, including scary movies when she’s older. 😉

Miranda on

I’ve been a huge Sligh fan since American Idol, loving all cds… his baby is beautiful! congrats!

Corrie on

Not too crazy about the name – seems like everyone is naming their daughters Keira now, but it doesn’t matter, not my kid. 🙂 Congratulations to them and their new arrival!

Lorilei on

Chris Sligh is a wonderful, talented singer/songwriter. We love his music. We couldn’t be more thrilled Chris & Sarah have been blessed with a healthy daughter. Welcome to parenthood!

edna on

So glad you included this article about Chris and his new daughter!! Thanks for keeping us updated on Chris Sligh!!!

jan on

Thankyou People for posting this wonderful article..A new chapter has unfolded for Chris and his family and we could not be happier. He has blessed us all with his amazing voice,extreme insight into peoples souls, and gifted song writing ability. Kudos People and Congratulations to the Family Sligh!

CJ on

Whooo hoo! Aw! What a cutie! Thanks for the article People! Love catching up on my favorite artists!

Lisa on

Congratulations on a beautiful and healthy baby girl!!!!

Blogger Auntie Niquesnana on

When Keira was late, I do believe I mentioned that she just might make her debut on Halloween. Congratulations to Chris and Sarah. You have been blessed with a beautiful daughter. Chris, if she hasn’t already, she is going to capture your heart in ways you never imagined.

Blogger Auntie Niquesnana on

And thank you for carrying the news of Chris and Sarah Sligh’s new baby!

JM on

Jennifer, ah thanks for clearing that up. i have to say i find that really weird! i hope he won’t be one of the celebs in a few years time requesting privacy and saying how it’s just so tough to have the media in your life. very odd, why would you WANT a tabloid magazine to cover the birth of your child? seems a bit fame hungry to me….

Blogger Auntie Candy on

What a cutie baby!!! Good job Chris and Sarah. What a lucky little girl to have so much love. Chris is just a normal guy who has been blessed to do wonderful things. How many “normal” people get to be in “People”? Thanks People for the story and hopefully it won’t be the last.

Elle on

Love Chris!!! He is a fantastic artist. I saw him in concert and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy. He stayed after to talk to every single person. Congrats to Chris and Sarah on their special blessing!

Deana on

Thank you for posting the article on Chris and Sarah Sligh’s new baby Kiera Lennon’s birth!Congratulations!

CelebBabyLover on

JM- People isn’t a tabloid. 🙂

Sherri on

I’d rather read a million “spammy” comments on these posts than the hateful, judgmental vitriol that has become the norm here. 😦

Lisa on

Congratulations Chris and Sarah! 😀 You are a wonderful guy, and I know you will make an awesome dad. We couldn;t be happier for you. Best wishes for a great life ahead!

McK on

Haha that explains it then
The only reason I clicked on this article was to figure out how a post on such a nobody had so many comments

BSDetector on

Apparently Chris is a “somebody” to quite a few people. How sad is it that fans and friends congratulating someone they care about is considered some kind of conspiracy theory.

Congrats to Chris and his wife on the birth of their new daughter! Don’t let the haters steal any of your joy!

Jill on

Bsdetector… haters anywhere……just observant people that saw on his facebook page that people were ASKED to come here and comment. Weird if you ask me!

J on

Agreed JM. And it is a tabloid in a way. 🙂

CelebBabyLover on

Sherri- Right on!

Michele on

Love the name Keira. My granddaughter is also a Keira. Congrats on such a beautiful little girl. Her name fits her well!

JCO on

I think it is great that Sligh and his fans have the decency to thank and acknowledge PEOPLE for the story and the coverage of a Christian artist in a mainstream magazine.

The publicity is priceless, the baby is priceless and so is their gratitude!!!

BSDetector on

What’s so weird about gratitude? Chris was grateful that People did the story and asked his fans and friends to express their gratitude. The only thing weird is somebody turning a really sweet story into something snarky.