Eric Church is a dad! The country star and wife Katherine welcomed their first child, Boone McCoy Church, on Monday (Oct. 3) in Nashville. Their little boy weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz.

"Everybody always tells you what an awesome and unique experience being a parent is. Words can never do the feeling justice," Eric shares. "I am very thankful and blessed to have a healthy and happy baby boy and baby mama."

When the 'Drink in My Hand' singer visited our studios this summer, we asked him if we might start hearing his softer side through his music, now that he's a parent. "I know that fatherhood is going to change me, but I'm not sure to what level," he told The Boot. "But I can promise you this: I'm not going to be writing lullabies at any point in time, unless they're like bad-ass, kick-ass lullabies. [laughs] There's maybe a market for that out there somewhere!"

Eric is set to join Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music and Food Festival Oct. 21 - 23, but other than that, he's slowing his touring down through the rest of this year to spend time with the new addition to his family. And while the baby's sleeping, you'll likely find Eric writing -- maybe not lullabies, but certainly songs inspired by his little one.

"It will be interesting to see how this new chapter in our life manifests itself musically," he explains. "I've always made music that was representative of real life. Life doesn't get more real than having a newborn at home."

Congrats to Eric and Katherine!

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