A Father’s Lullaby: Nick Lachey Talks with EverydayFamily
In the past year, Nick Lachey has crossed over into fatherhood, and he couldn't be more smitten with his little boy Camden. So, what's a musical father like Nick to do with all that love? Put it into an album of lullabies, of course!
Nick recently put together a lullaby album in honor of his son, Camden. He’s teamed up with Fisher-Price to release, “A Father’s Lullaby”, which includes 12 songs, 4 of which are originals co-written by Nick, all inspired by his darling little boy. The album also includes classics, such as “You Are My Sunshine,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “Brahm’s Lullaby.”
The album is already out in stores and available online through Amazon and iTunes, so be sure to grab your copy! I’ve personally listened to all the songs and will say that they are both soothing and sweet; great for parents and babies alike.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Nick about his latest album. Check out what he had to say about his new album focused on his latest love in life – Camden.
Shiloh: I know you welcomed your son Camden back in September. I’m sure with your background you probably had many nights singing lullabies in utero. So, when was it that idea came to you to create this album?
Nick Lachey: It was, actually, while he was in utero. We did some research and read that he could hear while he was in the womb, so I started writing melodies and would hum them to him. I just had this idea that it might be cool to do a lullaby album in honor of him and inspired by him. So, I reached out to the Fisher-Price folks, and they wanted to do this, so we collaborated on the project.
Shiloh: I have a daughter, and my husband plays guitar. Whenever he picks up the guitar, she just lights up! Have you noticed a reaction with Camden so far when you’re singing to him?
Nick Lachey: Yeah, he loves it! Ironically, he especially loves the song that I used to hum to him before he was born, which is the song I finished writing after he was born called “Sleepy Eyes”. That’s the song we sing before he goes to sleep, and he just lights up every time I sing it, and he starts smacking my face. It’s our little moment before he goes to bed, which is a lot of fun.
Shiloh: Aww, that’s really precious! I was looking through your album and listened to it all, and I think it’s wonderful. I know you have four songs on there that are originals and then you selected some classics. Were there any reasons why you selected those particular classics? Do you have a tie to them?
Nick Lachey: Well, “You Are My Sunshine” is a song that my Grandpa used to sing to me and a lot of the kids. That was our song, and I wanted pay tribute to him by putting that on the record. “When You Wish Upon a Star” is one from my childhood that I always remember singing as a kid or it having been sung to me as a kid. My wife wanted me to do “Baby Mine.” That was a song that was special to her, so that’s the reason that’s on there. Then there are some others, like “Brahm’s Lullaby,” that my mom used to sing to me. For “Hush Little Baby” I did a little modern take on that and rewrote a verse to kind of make it more for Camden. That’s obviously a classic that everyone knows. So, they were songs that just resonated with me or meant something to me. That’s the reason I picked the ones that are there.
Shiloh: Having gone through the boy band thing early in your career and now becoming an adult artist and father, how do you feel about kids in music? Is that something that you would encourage your son to get involved in, or would you rather him stay out of the lime light?
Nick Lachey: Well, I want him to do what he wants to do. I don’t want him to feel pressure from his old man to do anything. That’s one thing my parents were very good about with me; encouraging me to follow my dream and knowing that I had their support and their love in pursuing those things. Whatever it is that he wants to do, I want to help him try to achieve it. If it’s music, that’s great. If it’s something else, then that’s just as good. But I do want him to be a kid. I want him to have a childhood that’s free from all of the BS and crap that entertainment can sometimes bring. So, I’m going to encourage him to be a kid, and then when he gets to be an adult he can do whatever he wants.
Shiloh: That’s a fantastic answer! Thank you so much for chatting with me. I know our members are going to love hearing about you and about your new role as father and also about this new album. Like I said, I took a listen to it, and I love it. I love how calming it is. It’s nice to have an album that my baby will enjoy, but I can enjoy as well!
Nick Lachey: Yeah, thank you! That’s exactly what I intended it to be, so it’s great to hear you say that.
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To hear more about Nick Lachey on becoming a new dad, keeping the romance alive with his beautiful wife, Vanessa, and his thoughts on push presents and Mother’s Day, check out the rest of this interview tomorrow!