Parker McCollum and Hallie Ray Light Unveil Baby’s Gender Along with Their Top Five Name Picks

Their baby name list includes an array of unique names.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 13, 2024


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Parker McCollum, Hallie Ray Light; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Nearly a week after announcing their pregnancy, Parker McCollum and his wife, Hallie Ray Light have shared another set of exciting details surrounding their first child.

The couple’s most recent Instagram post found them walking arm in arm in their blue jackets while the country star held a pair of tiny boots between them. In the caption, Hallie Ray confirmed that they have a little boy on the way.

She wrote, “Baby BOY McCollum! we love you, little cowboy 💙”

Hallie Ray Light McCollum and Parker McCollum attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT)
Hallie Ray Light McCollum and Parker McCollum attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards at Moody Center on April 02, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT)

Which Baby Names Are Currently In The Running?

McCollum took things a step further when he gave fans an inside look into the list of baby names they are currently choosing from. In the comment section, he revealed what seems to be their top five contenders and then told the mother-to-be, “pick from those when you get a chance Hallie will ya?”

Out of their five choices, three incorporate the “Handle On You” singer’s family name, Yancey, after his late grandfather, Bobby Yancey, his mother, Stacey Yancey, and his own full name, Parker Yancey McCollum. 

The current set of names they are considering for their baby boy includes:

Keaton Cadillac McCollum 
King Cowboy McCollum
Yancey Tyler McCollum
Walker Yancey McCollum
Major Yancey McCollum

Sharing The Big News With Fans

The couple first shared the exciting news about their growing family in a joint Instagram post on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Using a photo taken on their recent tropical getaway to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, the parents-to-be are seen sharing a kiss in front of the warm sunset while wearing their bathing suits. Hallie Ray is captured holding her stomach to show off her growing baby bump. 

“God’s little blessing. We Iove you so much already, Baby M,” she wrote, while Parker McCollum hilariously commented, “Wow! Awesome news! So happy to hear about this! I love you babe! Congrats!”

The news comes a few weeks after the Texas native raised suspicions about a possible baby on the way when he announced the cancellation of a single show that was set to take place just six months away.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances we will be canceling our show in College Station on August 30th, 2024. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Ticket buyers will receive refund information by email from the box office.”

At the end of his message, Parker McCollum also noted that the reason for having to cancel the show comes as a result of some “exciting news” that he planned to announce “in the near future.”

The comment section of this video was flooded with fans making guesses like “Is your wife pregnant ???” And after his most recent announcement, it turns out they were correct. 

The couple tied the knot on March 28, 2022 at Boxwood Manor in Tomball, Texas after McCollum popped the question in July of 2021. 

Hitting Stages Across The Country

Parker McCollum; Photo by Chris Kleinmeier
Parker McCollum; Photo by Chris Kleinmeier

Parker McCollum is currently in the midst of his headline Burn It Down Tour. Produced by Emporium Presents, the trek launched January 18 at Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA, and includes visits to Dayton, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and more before wrapping up in Corpus Christi, TX at American Bank Center Arena on August 31. 

McCollum is joined by a variety of special guests on select dates, including Corey Kent, Larry Fleet, George Birge, and Catie Offerman.

This 41-date run is named after McCollum’s current chart-climbing radio single, “Burn It Down,” which appears on his latest album, Never Enough. The 15-track project was released on May 12, 2023, and serves as a highly anticipated follow-up to McCollum’s breakout major label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy

McCollum is next slated to perform on March 1 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC.

For a full list of Parker’s upcoming tour dates and tickets, visit

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.