Maddie & Tae’s Taylor Kerr shares her birth story + the emotional backstory behind her baby’s name


Last month, Maddie & Tae band mate Taylor Kerr and her husband Josh finally brought home their “miracle baby,” Leighton Grace, after a 53-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Leighton was born on January 17, three months earlier than planned, and to celebrate her due date last week, Taylor uploaded a 22-minute video to YouTube to share her complete birth story with fans.

In addition to detailing her lengthy hospital stay and the emotional and scary journey to welcoming her first daughter, Taylor shared the story behind Leighton’s name, which she and Josh hadn’t quite settled on when they checked into the hospital.

“Her middle name is Grace because God’s grace is all over her story, and she’s not even here yet,” Taylor explained from her hospital bed, during a month-long period of bed rest leading up to the birth.

“Josh and I really had a hard time deciding on the name. I fully expected to give birth to her and have to see her and feel her presence to be able to officially name her,” the singer continues. “…But the day we got admitted to the hospital, Josh and I both were like, ‘We need something tangible, to solidify this beautiful little girl.”

They also knew fans were praying for baby Leighton, and “we really wanted people to call her by name when they prayed for her,” Taylor goes on to say. “So we just felt really convicted to name her.”

In music news, Maddie & Tae released their latest album, Through the Madness Vol. 1, in January.

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