Country star Jenny Tolman and super producer Dave Brainard are officially Mom and Dad. After tying the knot in March the couple welcomed their first child, a son Bear Harrington Brainard, on Saturday, Dec. 31.
The singer-songwriter and GRAMMY-nominated producer shared newborn photos exclusively with People.com, detailing her 36-hour labor. The name Bear Harrington holds special meaning to Tolman and Brainard. “Bobby Bare is one of our favorite artists and songwriters, and obviously country music is a huge part of our lives, and bears are a big symbol of Jackson Hole to us, which is where we got engaged and married,” the new mom explains. “So we decided the name ‘Bear’ was a good combination of two things we both love.”
“Harrington is my grandmother’s maiden name, and my dad’s middle name, so we used that as a sweet ode to family. We surprised my dad at the hospital when we told him his middle name, and it brought tears to his eyes, so that was a really special moment for us.”
Most recently, Tolman released “It’s A Boy” inspired by Bear’s anticipated arrival and the inspirational video for “Watering the Weeds” a single from her sophomore album, Married in a Honky Tonk. The video features women survivors from the Nashville-based nonprofit Thistle Farms. Watch Tolman’s video for “Watering the Weeds” above.
Ahead of her nuptials in March of 2022, Tolman unveiled her sophomore album Married in a Honky Tonk on March 4 following a show-stopping performance at her standing-room only album release show in Nashville.