Country star Jake Owen had a very special reason to give thanks on Thursday (22Nov12) after becoming a father to a baby girl.

The singer's wife Lacey Buchanan gave birth to the couple's first child on Thanksgiving Day in Nashville, Tennessee, and Owen took to his Twitter.com page to share the happy news with fans.

He tweeted, "Today is the greatest day of my life. Welcome Olive Pearl Owen. 6lbs 3 oz Turkey Baby!!! Happy Thanksgiving."

The proud dad also shared a photo of himself cradling the newborn, who appears to have a huge grin on her face.

The new parents, who married in Vero Beach, Florida in May (12), plan to call their daughter by her middle name. She is named after Owen's late godmother Pearl, who died in July (12).