Josh Kelley Releases "Naleigh Moon" And Explains The Origins Of His Daughter's Nickname
Singer Josh Kelley released a video for his new song, “Naleigh Moon,” which he wrote for his three year-old daughter, who he adopted with wife Katherine Heigl from South Korea in 2009. In addition to the incredibly sweet home video footage and lyrics that will make you weep with happiness, the song gives us a little insight into how the family uses Naleigh’s nickname as a way to pay tribute to her background and original name.
"Her name is Nancy Leigh Kelley and we push the Nancy and the Leigh together, and we call her Naleigh," Josh told The Boot. "And the 'moon' part of it comes from her original name, Mi-Eun. I'm too redneck to say that, so I just said 'moon.' [laughs] Naleigh Moon, instead of Naleigh Mi-Eun."
The song clears up any pronunciation questions you may have had (it's nay-lee, rather than nah-leigh), and gives us some insight on how the family celebrates Naleigh’s adoption. The video shows various clips of the family spending time together and different parts of Naleigh's life, including a shot of her passport.
In the chorus of what Josh calls “the prettiest song I've ever written in my life,” he sings,
Halfway around my little world / You had no idea that you were my girl / You found my arms not a moment too soon / I couldn't see past me 'til I saw you / Sweet Naleigh Moon."
Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Do your kids have nicknames? Where do they come from? What do you think of the video?