Pop guitarist/singer Michelle Branch and The Black Keys rock and roll drummer Patrick Carney are still in the process of planning their wedding, but took some time off from marital responsibilities over the weekend to reveal that they are expecting their first child together. In a sonogram-themed video post shared to Branch’s Instagram page on Friday, the pop/rock singer revealed that her first child with her future husband will be arriving this summer. The two musicians began their relationship while working on Branch’s 2017 love-themed studio album, Hopeless Romantic, which Carney was helping to produce.
“Well, we were just about to send out Save The Dates for our wedding in May when we got this little surprise,” it reads in her announcement post, seen below. “Wedding is postponed and Baby Carney is happening this summer! Patrick and I couldn’t be more excited!”
It appears that the two haven’t selected a name for their first child as of this weekend, although Baby Carney does have a nice ring to it. This will be Branch’s second child, having given birth to her daughter in a previous marriage with her former bandmate. The 34-year-old spent much of her 2017 performing across North America in support of Hopeless Romantic, embarking a tour that came to a close in mid-August with a hometown show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. With another baby now on the way, it doesn’t appear she’ll be hitting the road again anytime soon, even though Hopeless Romantic was her first studio release in nearly a decade.
As for Carney, news of the pregnancy comes at a perfect time in his career when it doesn’t appear that he has much on his professional schedule. News of his first child comes following a year where both he and Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach both worked on their own projects. Auerbach released his second solo album, Waiting on a Song, this past June, and started his North American headlining tour over the weekend as well, which is scheduled to run until early April.
Congratulations Michelle and Pat!