‘What a way to kick start 2022!’

Amy Grant

Amy Grant

Millie Long

Amy Grant starts 2022 with a new addition to her family.

The singer’s daughter Millie Long welcomed her first baby, daughter Penelope Willow Long, along with her husband Ben, on Monday, January 3, confirming her rep exclusively to PEOPLE. Baby Penelope was born at. 10:14 a.m. in Nashville, weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz., And measuring 20 inches at birth.

“What a way to start 2022!” tells the newlywed grandmother, named Ama, to PEOPLE. “We are overwhelmed by her safe delivery. Mother and baby are doing well!”

Millie, who inspired the lyrics to Grant’s hit song “Baby Baby,” says she and Ben “picked names we loved” when they decided on Penelope’s moniker.

“They were not family names, but they are now,” adds Millie, who Grant shares with ex-Gary Chapman.

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Millie and Ben, who met on a dating app more than four years ago while both lived in New York, connected in April 2019 in Nashville and shared exclusive details with PEOPLE at the time.

“It’s hard to believe that the same 6 week old girl who inspired the lyrics to ‘Baby Baby’ is now a beautiful married woman,” Grant told PEOPLE. “Her life has given us a lot of reasons to dance and celebrate over the years!”

The couple exchanged vows at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville. Millie’s father answered the question “Who presents this bride?” with the words “We all do!”

Millie Chapman and Ben Long

Millie Chapman and Ben Long

Mary Rosenbaum photography Amy Grant and Millie Chapman

“He captured the joy and healing of our large mixed family,” said Grant, who married country singer Vince Gill in 2000.

For the reception, Millie chose to keep it in Grant and Gill’s backyard, as it is a place she has always felt “comfortable”.

“Neither Ben nor I love crowds, and it was going to be a pretty big wedding, so we wanted to celebrate it in a place where we felt at home,” she said.

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