Chris Tomlin and Wife Lauren Welcome Daughter Elle Grace

Congratulations to Chris Tomlin! The gospel singer and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their daughter, Elle Grace, into the world earlier this week, sharing a photo of their latest addition.

“Isn’t she lovely…Isn’t she wonderful…Elle Grace Tomlin has arrived to our world and we couldn’t be more grateful,” Chris posted. “She is precious and beautiful. Babies are miracles…Lauren and I are counting our blessings and soaking up our little ‘miracle of love.'”

It was finding out that he was unexpectedly going to have another child that inspired the 48-year-old to write his Christmas song, “Miracle of Love,” which became the title track for his holiday album, released in October.

“I started thinking about how I could write a lyric that talks about my baby being born at Christmas and then talks about ‘the baby,’ Jesus, being born at Christmas, and that each line would match and would have a double meaning,” Chris tells People.

Chris was already a proud father to nine-year-old Ashlyn and Madison, six, which is why he was stunned to find out he was going to have three daughters. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for him to become excited about having another baby.

“You come around to the realization of what an incredible thing, what a precious thing, what a gift from God this is,” Chris shares. “It’s an incredible privilege to be a dad with these girls, and especially girls. I feel like there’s a special thing that a dad has with girls, and so I’m really grateful.”

Chris released his Chris Tomlin & Friends  album earlier this year, which includes collaborations with Russell Dickerson, Lady AThomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line and more. The record debuted at the top of Billboard‘s Digital Albums chart, a surprising reception for a project that was aimed at tearing down genre walls.

“I have always felt a calling to help give people a voice to worship God, and for me this record is a step towards breaking down walls and smashing up the genres,” Chris told Everything Nash. “One of my goals is for this music to be accessible to a wider audience and to connect with people that otherwise may have turned away from some of my other music. The way I look at it, music about faith, God, salvation and forgiveness doesn’t only have to come from any one genre.”