Surprise – Dwight Yoakam Is a Father!

Dwight Yoakam is a first-time father! The legendary country singer, 63, welcomed his first child, a son, with his wife,…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 21, 2020

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Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce; Photo by Britt Arnett

Dwight Yoakam is a first-time father!

The legendary country singer, 63, welcomed his first child, a son, with his wife, Emily Joyce, 36.

Yoakam’s team shared the news on Instagram on Friday evening (Aug. 21), writing, “Like the lyric from the song Waterfall that Dwight wrote for Emily on his 3 Pears album says…Babies get born even in a…Pandemic lock down…With great joy and happiness Dwight & Emily announce the birth this past Sunday of their new baby boy.”

Dalton Loren Yoakam was born Sunday, August 16 at 9:19 am.

Dwight and Emily wed at the St Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California in March 2020 after dating for 10 years. They announced their nuptials in May in a statement to media and revealed that they had been engaged for several years out of the public eye.

This is Yoakam‘s first marriage.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.