Dwight Yoakam Welcomes First Child, A Son, At 63
Dwight Yoakam is a dad! The 63-year-old country singer welcomed his first child, a son, with wife Emily Joyce on Sunday, August 16.
Yoakam’s team announced the arrival of Dalton Loren Yoakam on Friday with a post to his social media pages, saying:
“Like the lyric from the song Waterfall that Dwight wrote for Emily on his 3 Pears album says…
Babies get born even in a… Pandemic lock down…
With great joy and happiness Dwight & Emily announce the birth this past Sunday of their new baby boy.
Dalton Loren Yoakam
Born 8-16-2020 at 9:19am”
Yoakam wed photographer Emily Joyce, 36, in an intimate California ceremony in March, but didn’t announce their nuptials until May. The “Suspicious Minds” singer dated his now-wife since 2010 and the pair were engaged for several years prior to their spring wedding, according to a statement from the couple who delayed sharing news of their wedding “out of respect to so many people affected by and on the front lines of this pandemic.”
Dwight Yoakam skyrocketed to country music fame in the late ’80s with the release of his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. The album’s first single, a cover of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man,” reached No. 3, followed by the release of “Guitars, Cadillacs” that topped out at No. 4. His sophomore album, Hillbilly Deluxe, garnered four Top 10 hits. Yoakam’s first No. 1 came in 1988 with “Streets of Bakersfield,” a cover of Buck Owens’ song.
Over the course of his career, Yoakam has recorded more than twenty albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. Five of his albums were Billboard No. 1s, twelve went gold, and nine platinum, including the triple-platinum This Time.