Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber are celebrating the birth of their second child Braylen Hendrix Gilbert. Big brother Barrett (born Nov. 11, 2017) joined mom and dad to welcome the beautiful baby girl at Athens, Georgia’s Piedmont Hospital, yesterday afternoon (Sept. 9, 2019) weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz. and measuring 19 ½ inches in length.
“It’s such a blessing for us to welcome Braylen and both momma and baby girl are doing great,” Gilbert shared with PEOPLE.com in an exclusive announcement.
The Gilberts revealed they were expecting their second child in March, sharing photos of their gender reveal featuring 16-month-old son Barrett Hardy-Clay. After the family of three pulled a string on a box above their heads, pink balloons, balls and confetti rained down on the soon-to-be family of four, letting them know a baby girl was on the way.
Gilbert, who refers to himself as a songwriter first, saw his most personal song to-date, “Man That Hung The Moon,” take on a whole new meaning upon welcoming a little girl into the world.
“We had just found out Amber was pregnant with Barrett when I wrote the song originally – we couldn’t even tell family yet as it was so early along in the pregnancy – yet I couldn’t keep that excitement bottled up. I had to do something as all these emotions were hitting me at once. I wrote ‘Man That Hung The Moon’ on the bus heading home thinking how life was about to change in the most incredible ways,” Gilbert reflects. “Braylen joining our family now makes it all that much more special.”
“Lost my breath when I saw you take your first / My whole world stopped like that / And I ain’t the cryin’ type / But I just saw your eyes / Words just can’t describe what I see / You look just like me.”
The track off his upcoming album Fire & Brimstone is his message to both Barrett and Braylen that their father will always be there for them, and ultimately, he hopes to instill in them that “the man that really hung the moon” will always be a place to find comfort and protection.
“And you’ll need more than me / You’ll know to hit your knees / If I’ve done my job right, you’ll know where to find / The man that really hung the moon.”