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RALEIGH, N.C. – Former “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery has a new title: dad.

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According to People magazine and WRAL, the 29-year-old country singer and his wife, Gabi, welcomed son Merrick Avery McCreery early Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

McCreery took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the news, saying the baby boy – the couple’s first child – was born 11 days before his due date.

“Never known a love like this,” he captioned several photos of the family of three, adding, “Thank y’all for all of your prayers during this exciting season of life! Healthy baby and a healthy mama! Praise God.”

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The pair named the newborn – whom McCreery described as “7 pounds, 13 ounces of nothin’ but love” – after his maternal grandfather, Merrick “Tre” Dugal III, according to a post on the star’s official website. The new parents plan to call the boy Avery, the post said.

McCreery and Gabi have been married since 2018, People reported.