Baby Boy on the Way for Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones

09/14/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
Courtesy Claire Varnon

The Eli Young Band has a lot to celebrate.

Earlier this month, they received their first two CMA Award nominations — for vocal group of the year and song of the year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”

And now, the band has some more big news: Bass player Jon Jones, 32, and his wife Sarah, 29, are expecting their first baby — a boy! — on Dec. 23, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.

While this will be the couple’s first child, it’s the second baby for the band. “It’s funny that in the band, Mike got married first, and then me,” Jones says referring to frontman Mike Eli.

“Then Mike and Kacey got pregnant and had their baby girl in July, and Sarah and I are right behind them.”

Jones and his wife — who was his college sweetheart — have been married since January 2011, but they have been talking about expanding their family for a long time. He shares how they discovered they were expecting their first baby.

“We were on the road when she found out, so she sent me a picture of about a half-dozen positive pregnancy tests,” says Jones.

“She wanted to be sure! It’s something you wish you could find out together, but she knew she couldn’t keep it to herself that long. When she called I could hear the excitement in her voice.”

When he’s not working, Jones spends his days at home going to doctors appointments with his wife, shopping for baby equipment, painting the nursery — and debating names.

“It took Sarah and me a month to pick out our couches for the living room, so we’re going back and forth a lot,” he tells PEOPLE. “Our goal is to have a name chosen by the time he is born.”

When the tour ends on Oct. 27, the Eli Young Band will head into the studio to record their second album for Republic Records, due for release in 2013.

The CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC-TV Nov. 1.

— Kay West

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Congrats to the happy couple!!

gabby on

I have no idea who they are. Sorry. But I wish them the best. I hope they give the child a unique name.

toots on

congrats to the happy couple!!! Love the Eli Young band! Great music:)

Marky on

Congratulations to the happy couple! They look so happy and excited about their Christmas boy.

Claypigeon’smom, guess you’re just too busy making up “unique names”! How about googling people written about on here, listening to their band on Youtube, and THEN making a comment about the people you would then “know”?! Why do you care to comment if you don’t even know who they are? Sorry, but it’s so irritating to see the “I don’t know who they are” and “who cares?” comments way too many people post.

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! That being said, I’m a little confused by his comment about having a baby on the way being something you want to find out as a couple but Sarah didn’t feel she could keep the news of a pregnancy to herself for that long.

I mean, couldn’t Sarah have just waited until the tour was over and THEN taken a test? That way they could have found out together without her having to “keep it to herself” for awhile. Problem solved! 🙂

Anonymous on

i went to school with sarah from elementary to high school! they had been trying and i imagine realizing u r late and theres that chance id wanna know besides tour isnt over til the end of october…theyre due 2 days before christmas not sure she couldve waited that long!:)

sherquetta on

congrats to the happy couple