Baby Talk: How Maturation Is Changing The Story In Modern Country Music

When Brett Young inserted the heartbeat from his wife’s first sonogram into the intro of his new single, he created an appro- priate sonic atmosphere for “Lady,” a song that celebrates both his daughter, Presley, and her mother, Taylor.

But the move also inadvertently emphasized the sound of a new baby boom in country music. Joining Young on the Country Airplay chart are two titles in which an unplanned pregnancy plays a vital role: Jake Owen’s “Made for You” and HARDY’s “One Beer,” featuring Devin Dawson and Lauren Alaina. Addi- tionally, Lady Antebellum’s recent release, “What I’m Leaving For,” captured the cycle of doubt and reassurance in a working mother who is carrying another child. Plus, Black River plans to introduce 19-year-old MaRynn Taylor with the June 5 release of “Dads and Daughters,” a song that begins with a hospital delivery, to digital service providers.

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