Singer and former 'American Idol' Season 8 contestant Danny Gokey can add "father" to his resume. The singer and wife Leyicet welcomed their first child, a baby boy they named Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday, Jan. 20.

PEOPLE confirmed the news of the birth. Little Daniel arrived at 9:52PM ET, which was actually his due date. So he's punctual already. He weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz.

Gokey was completely stoked about welcoming his son into the world, saying, "Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with."

He also acknowledged the fact that his job as an entertainer allows him to the luxury to design his schedule when raising his child. He said, "Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!"

Gokey, 32, and Leyicet, 26, married on Jan. 29 of last year. The couple celebrated a year of wedded bliss with the best kind of present and by expanding their family.

Gokey also tweeted a confirmation of his new "dad" status, and linked back to the PEOPLE article.

We can't wait for him to share a photo of his namesake son!


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