Bucky Covington Welcomes Daughter Kennedy Taylor

10/10/2014 at 02:45 PM ET

Bucky Covington Welcomes Daughter Kennedy Taylor Amanda Vaughn/Red Owl Photography

Bucky Covington has a new idol: his daughter!

The American Idol alum welcomed his first child with fiancée Katherine Cook on Friday, Oct. 10, in Nashville, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Daughter Kennedy Taylor Covington was born weighing 6 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 18 inches long.

Both the new mama and baby “are doing well and resting comfortably following this morning’s delivery,” his rep says in a statement, adding the “first-time father is ecstatic” over the birth of his baby girl.

“We are beyond excited to start our life as a family and can’t wait to see what adventures this little blessing has in store for us,” the proud new dad tells PEOPLE.

“The nursery is done, the bags were packed and I Googled how to get to the hospital. This parenthood thing is pretty easy so far!”

The country singer, 36, and Cook, a publicist, were engaged in 2010 and announced the pregnancy in February. Although the mom-to-be presented three positive tests to Covington, he admitted he was still clueless he was going to be a father.

“The only problem was I didn’t know what they were! I was like, ‘What is this? Are you okay?’ ” the “Buzzin'” singer told PEOPLE at the time. “So she told me and I got so excited!”

Bucky Covington Welcomes Daughter Kennedy Taylor
Donna Cook

Bucky Covington Welcomes Daughter Kennedy Taylor
Donna Cook

— Anya Leon

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charlotte on

So precious. Love her name too! Congratulations to the family.

Bridget on

Remember the days when people would congratulate, without making snarky comments…

Congrats to them- precious photos and beautiful name

Tiffany on

Well, at leat they didn’t name her Michaela or McKenzie. 3rd ugliest girls name ever..

Taylor on

So Sweet!! They make a pretty couple! Like this look much better for him as opposed to the idol days. God Bless them!

Buffettgirl on

Love her sweet little hat! Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!

Karen on

Mom & baby are beautiful. He’s okay – lol


He’s the one who had the jacked up teeth and was married at the time to someone a little heavy set but pretty when he was on Idol. I guess fame went to his head.

Sue on

Congratulations to You!!! Such a cute little
Girl and a lovely name😊 Bucky will make
A great father/husband. I met him in concert
And he’s a real down to earth kinda guy❤️

Ana on

Kennedy and other last names of presidents (e.g. Reagan) is one baby name trend that needs to die. Not cute at all.

Amy on

Very happy for them. Congrats!

Anonymous on

Bucky’s girl KT(‘Katie’ much…?)… Very nice and neat. Glad of her to join us. Welcome the new girl to our world.


I love the baby’s name. I could name a lot of names that I’ve heard lately that are just plain ugly BUT….why should it matter to any of us. It’s not our baby and it shouldn’t matter to any of us what anyone names their baby. She is a little cutie and Bucky and his wife both look great. I don’t remember him on American Idol as I didn’t watch that program but I remember seeing him on Nashville something…like The Voice but it was all country. Congrats Bucky and family on your beautiful little girl.

Anonymous on

Ellsworth- Actually, she has a point. Back before PEOPLE took this site over, the comments on here were actually much more civilized, and people actually acted like adults most of the time (granted, the comments wee also more strictly moderated back then!).

Anyway, congrats to them!

Monika on

Thank God they didn’t name her Tiffany, the most awful name in the universe . Congratulations, been a fan of Bucky since Idol.

Anonymous on

Bridget, I do remember that and wish that this page was that way still. It is very sad and disgusting some of the things people say, especially about children.

I don’t question why there are so many bullies in schools today. Just look at the way people speak on here. parents have become such a bad example.

Chazz on

Bucky & Katherine’s baby girl Kennedy was a year old in October and is realllllly cute. She is into her father’s music and rocks along. Congratulations to them both for raising such a beautiful baby. Wish we could see some current photos.