Sam Hunt Is A Dad! Country Star Surprises Fans with Baby News On Stage At The Ryman

Sam Hunt is officially a father!  On Tuesday evening (June 7), during the country superstar’s headlining performance at Star’s For…

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June 7, 2022

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Sam Hunt is officially a father! 

On Tuesday evening (June 7), during the country superstar’s headlining performance at Star’s For Second Harvest, a charity concert benefitting the Second Harvest food bank, Hunt confirmed that his wife Hannah Lee Fowler gave birth to their first child, a baby girl.

“I recently had a baby girl named Lucy Lu,” Hunt said, surprising the crowd who erupted into cheers.

While it’s unclear when Lucy Lu made her arrival, Hunt told the audience that he and Lee Fowler welcomed her “a couple of weeks ago” and that she’s already had a profound impact on his life.

“I think being out here in the music business and being out on the road is sort of hard on my heart,” Hunt told the crowd. “My heart definitely a lot harder some days since I left that small town, but it’s amazing how that little girl melted that all away overnight a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been filled with a lot of gratitude these past couple of weeks and I just want to say up here on The Ryman stage how grateful I am to have been a part of Country music for the last ten years.”

 Hosted by Craig Wiseman, an acclaimed songwriter and the founder of Big Loud Records and Big Loud Shirt, the event also featured performances by Wiseman, ERNEST and Benny Burgess.

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

The “23” singer recently opened up about becoming a father in an interview with Lon Helton on Country Countdown USA in March.

“I haven’t talked about this, but I have a little girl on the way. I have a baby coming in about eight weeks,” Hunt previously shared. “I blocked out two months at the end of May and early June. Really this year revolves around that big news in my life.”

At the time, Hunt also revealed that he received some parenting advice from “Home Sweet” singer Russell Dickerson, who became a father himself in 2020.

“I saw Russell Dickerson a few weeks ago, we talked about fatherhood, I tried to pick his brain,” Hunt told Helton. ”Over the last 4-5 years, I’ve had a lot of buddies who’ve had their first kids. So I feel I’m ready for it.”

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT

Earlier this year, Hannah Lee Fowler’s pregnancy was revealed in court records when she filed for divorce from Hunt, however, the couple later reconciled. In April 2022, Fowler reportedly requested the courts to dismiss the divorce case, and a judge signed off, according to new legal documents obtained by TMZ in May.

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler first started dating in 2008 while the singer/songwriter was playing football for the University of Alabama. They eventually broke up but dated on and off for several years. 

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Fowler was the inspiration behind Hunt’s breakout album, Montevallo, which he named after her hometown. 

Hunt tried to win Fowler back for several months and he was eventually successful.  

“I think last summer I went out [to Hawaii] about seven times in about three months, trying to talk to her about coming back,” Sam revealed in a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight. “And the seventh trip I convinced her.”

Hunt and Fowler remained tight-lipped about their relationship, but after they began popping up on each other’s Instagram feeds, fans assumed they were back on.

They confirmed their engagement in January 2017 and eventually wed on April 15, 2017, in Hunt’s hometown of Cedartown, Georgia.

Additionally, Sam Hunt performed several unreleased tunes from his forthcoming new album, which will serve as a follow-up to 2020s Southside. Hunt has tour dates planned through November. More information can be found on his website.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.