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Exclusive! Nick Lachey Talks About Parenthood and His New Album of Lullabies

nick lacheyNick Lachey has sung before millions of fans in his career, both as frontman for 98 Degrees and as a solo artist. But his most important audience member now is his baby son, Camden John.

In fact, little Camden – now seven months old – was listening to his dad even before he made his entrance into the world. “I wrote a song called ‘Sleepy Eyes,’ and I used to hum it to him before he was even born,” Lachey tells Babble in an exclusive interview. “Now I sing it to him before he goes to bed – that’s our song.”

That bedtime tune is just one of the dozen songs that appear in his new album of lullabies, A Father’s Lullaby.  Produced by Fisher-Price, it’s available now on iTunes.

The new dad confesses that before he and wife Vanessa Minnillo Lachey learned they were expecting, he didn’t know many baby bedtime songs other than Brahms’ Lullaby. “But as soon as I decided to do this project, I started writing some melodies and lyrics – a process I was very excited to do,” he says. “I’d never done anything like this before, so it was a big step out of the box. It’s a whole different mindset.”

Along with his four original melodies, Lachey sings such favorites as “You Are My Sunshine” (“My grandfather used to sing that to me”), “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Baby Mine” (from Dumbo) and the Dixie Chicks’ “Godspeed.”

The songs are a treat for all children, but a couple are a special nod to parents of sons. The classic “Hush Little Baby” includes some new boy-oriented lyrics (“Hush, little buddy, don’t make a noise/Daddy’s gonna buy you some brand-new toys/If you’re sweet, with some good luck/Daddy’s gonna buy you a fire truck”), and another talks about being “one step closer to the man you’ll become.”

“I wanted to make it personal, like I was singing to my son,” Lachey explains.

He also sees A Father’s Lullaby as a gift to the many fans who grew up listening to 98 Degrees and who now have families of their own. “It was a great way to share music with them that’s relevant to their lives today and relevant to mine.” (But fans can still catch the group performing this spring and summer on their Package tour with Boyz 2 Men and New Kids on the Block.)

When he’s not on the road, Lachey is reveling in fatherhood. Camden is sitting up, giving belly laughs to his parents and rocking back and forth in the ready-to-crawl motion. “He’s the easiest baby ever. He goes with the flow; he’s an absolute angel.” Being a dad has altered his schedule – his regular golf games have become a thing of the past – but “it’s a great problem to have.” Lachey calls wife Vanessa “a natural” at motherhood. “She’s wanted to be a mom for the longest time. She’s done a ton of research and cares about being the best mom she can be.”

The couple definitely want to give Camden a sibling (or two or three; they’ve mentioned wanting a large family), but Lachey says, “We’ll wait a couple of years and then start thinking about number two.”

When that day happens, expect to see him go back to the recording studio for another collection of sweet lullabies. “I can’t do it for one kid and not do it for the next!”

Order A Father’s Lullaby here!

[Photo: via Fisher-Price/Nick Lachey]

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