Carly Smithson Welcomes Daughter Olivia Mabel

10/04/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
Courtesy Carly Smithson; Inset: Alberto E. Rodriguez

It’s a girl for Carly Smithson!

The American Idol season seven finalist, 29, and husband Todd welcomed their first child, Olivia Mabel Smithson, on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:55 p.m., the singer announced via Twitter.

“I’d like to introduce you all to my new baby,” Smithson wrote, sharing a photo of her daughter.

Post-Idol, the Irish singer teamed up with former members of Evanescence to form We Are the Fallen — and says she’s fine with being the only girl in the band.

“I’m used to it,” Smithson tells PEOPLE. “My husband, Todd, and I own a tattoo shop, and there are all these big, tattooed dudes who make fun of my accent. It’s the same with these guys, except they play instruments.”

Courtesy Carly Smithson

— Sarah Michaud

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Jeana on

Don’t remember her

Rebecca on

She is gorgeous!

SoNotHollywood on

Gorgeous! Congrats Carly!

Idaho on

Congratulations Carly and Todd!!! You were one of my favorites on Season 7 of Idol.

kristie on

congrats to Carly!!! the baby is so cute!! 🙂

kim on


kim on

Pretty baby girl. Congrats. You’ll never sleep again!

Joyce on

She’s a beautiful baby congrats to everyone!

Brooke on

I didn’t know she was pregnant. Wow….she looks STUNNING.

Marie on

What a gorgeous baby! Congrats!

Ava on

Didn’t see her on idol, but beautiful baby and love the name!

lol on

aww i love her!!!!! congrats to her

LaLa on

Then the information about them having a son back when she was on Idol was wrong. Congratulations to the first time parents! 🙂

Lj on

What a beautiful baby! She is absolutely precious! Congratulations to you both!

denise on

She is beautiful. Best wishes.

Me on

Loved loved loved her on idol season 7 was hoping she would win. Congrats on Olivia she is so beautiful. Cherish every moment with her!!! 🙂

B on

Is it just me, or is it a bit strange with the way she worded her baby’s introduction? Like she is an object, or new toy. I’m sure that’s not how she meant it but just sounded funny.

Anonymous on

Congrats Carly!!! I loved you on AI. I wish you guys all the best!

torgster on

Beautiful mom and beautiful baby. She should have won Idol imo.

Tanya R. on

What a beautiful news! I even do not know that she was pregnant! Congrats to The Smithson Family on baby Olivia Mabel! I’m madly in love with girl’s name!

Anonymous on

Congrats to Carly and Todd on their beautiful baby girl. She was one of my favorites.

Alecia on

Awww!!! I didn’t know Carly and Todd were expecting!! She is just too precious!!! She is going to be a rocking rockstar just like her momma!!! Congrats Carly and Todd!!!

Janice on

Beautiful baby.

Janice on

Sweet baby. Such an angel.

Anonymous on

Adorable baby! No idea who she is.

Just my 2 cents on

She was my favorite in Season 7 American Idol! Congrats on the gorgoeus lil girl!

Anonymous on

The people that say “No idea who this is” or “Who is she?” crack me up! I wasn’t aware of Carly Smithson’s existence (I don’t watch American Idol, and only started reading some of the PEOPLE articles about it recently), much less anything else about her, until I saw this article.

But thanks to the information PEOPLE kindly provided, I now know that she’s an Irish singer who was on American Idol. Apparently the people asking who she is or saying they don’t know who she is didn’t see that part of the article!

Anyway, the baby is adorable!

Anonymous on

Sorry if I came off sounding snappy or mean. It’s just a pet peeve of mine when people ask who a celebrity is when that information is right in the article you just read!

bee3105 on

Congratulations Carly!!

Sandy on

Awww, she has the same birthday as me!!
Newborns are just so darn cute. Look at those little mits on her hands 🙂 Best of luck- she’s beautiful!

Anonymous on

Gorgeous name and adorable baby girl! Congrats Carly!

lilibeth on

PLEASE CARLY take the blanket out of the crib. It is a SIDS risk for your precious baby

Ada on

Congrats,Carly!And i love Evanescence and your band(We Are The Fallen)!