NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As revealed on People.com, “Jenny Tolman and Dave Brainard are officially Mom and Dad!” After tying the knot in March the couple welcomed their first child, a son Bear Harrington Brainard, on Saturday, Dec. 31.
The critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and GRAMMY®-nominated producer shared newborn photos exclusively with People.com, detailing her 36-hour labor. The name Bear Harrington holds special meaning to Tolman and Brainard. Tolman revealing the inspiration to People.com, “Bobby Bare is one of our favorite artists and songwriters, and obviously country music is a huge part of our lives, and bears are a big symbol of Jackson Hole to us, which is where we got engaged and married,” the new mom explains. “So we decided the name ‘Bear’ was a good combination of two things we both love.”
The familial connection to Bear’s middle name was also shared with People.com, Tolman explaining, “Harrington is my grandmother’s maiden name, and my dad’s middle name, so we used that as a sweet ode to family. We surprised my dad at the hospital when we told him his middle name, and it brought tears to his eyes, so that was a really special moment for us.”
Most recently, Tolman released “It’s A Boy” inspired by Bear’s anticipated arrival and the inspirational video for “Watering the Weeds” a single from her sophomore album, Married in a Honky Tonk. The video, which has amassed over 500k views, features women survivors from the Nashville-based nonprofit Thistle Farms. Click HERE to watch Tolman’s video for “Watering the Weeds.”
Ahead of her nuptials in March of 2022, Tolman unveiled her sophomore album Married in a Honky Tonk on March 4 following a show-stopping performance at her standing-room only album release show in Nashville.
The Tennessean exclusively premiered the video to the album’s title track days before the wedding, which was shot at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyo. Jackson has become a special place for Tolman and Brainard. As featured on People.com, the pair got engaged in Jackson in October of 2020 after four years of dating. With Married in a Honky Tonk, Tolman joined the colorful characters of the fictional ‘Jennyville’ with her own real-life experiences. The release of her sophomore album marks a turning point for the singer and is the second collaboration with Brainard.
ABOUT JENNY TOLMAN:
Sweet yet sassy, vintage yet fresh, an old soul with a new vision and some incredible comedic timing, country music songstress Jenny Tolman is the breath of fresh air that the genre needs now. Having woven the incredible storyline of her life into her music thus far, Tolman has found a way to create albums which tie up all that life has handed her – both the good and the bad and the downright tragic – and makes it sound beautiful. On her new album Married in a Honky Tonk, Tolman brings a kaleidoscope of stories and emotions to the country music table with the swagger of a certified superstar.