Dwight Yoakam is a dad for the first time. Per a birth announcement made Friday (Aug. 21) by the 63-year-old country singer, songwriter and guitarist's social media team, his wife Emily Joyce gave birth the prior Sunday to a son named Dalton Loren Yoakam.
"Like the lyric from the song 'Waterfal'l that Dwight wrote for Emily on his 3 Pears album says... Babies get born even in a... Pandemic lock down...," the statement read. "With great joy and happiness Dwight & Emily announce the birth this past Sunday of their new baby boy."
News broke in May that Yoakam and his longtime fiancee Joyce got married in March.
"Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce were married in March just prior to the quarantine in a private ceremony at St Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California," a statement read. "At a time when there is so much uncertainty in the world, there are still happy moments. In the face of shutdowns and social-distancing requirements, love prevailed, and the less than ten attendees were seated at least six feet from one another. The happy couple have been engaged for several years and have been dating since 2010. This belated announcement was withheld out of respect to so many people affected by and one the front lines of this pandemic."
This is Yoakam's first marriage and first child. The country singer has long kept his personal life private. He's previously been linked to actresses Karen Duffy, Sharon Stone and Bridget Fonda and fellow country singer Wynonna Judd.
The country star rose to fame with his self-financed 1986 debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., which featured "Honky Tonk Man," "Guitars, Cadillacs" and "It Won't Hurt." It was followed a year later by Reprise Records' Hillbilly Deluxe. He would go on to share a Grammy award nomination with West Coast country music hero Buck Owens for "Streets of Bakersfield" (Best Country Vocal Collaboration) and appear in such Hollywood films as Sling Blade (1996), South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000), Panic Room (2002) and Wedding Crashers (2006).
Yoakam released his most recent album, the bluegrass-influenced Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars, in 2016. It added Prince's "Purple Rain" to a covers catalog that already included Elvis Presley's "Little Sister" and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."