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Josh Kelley Releases "Naleigh Moon" And Explains The Origins Of His Daughter's Nickname

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.

We’ve talked about the origins of Naleigh’s name before, but Josh explains where the “Moon” comes from:

"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?


-- K.L.


February 6, 2012 3:07 AM

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February 7, 2012 5:41 AM
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February 7, 2012 1:58 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I wish they would have pronounced it Nah-Leigh...sounds so much better and makes more sense, since it's from Nancy.

February 7, 2012 4:02 PM
By shadelit (not verified)

I kind of hate the names Nancy, Leigh, AND Kelley but I understand the names have personal meaning to their family and I'm not a total Grinch, I get it. The Naleigh nickname isn't so much my style but it's cute and not a bad idea. I like the nod to her birth name with Moon, although I'm a bit confused...is Moon also just a nickname?

My own kids have a few nicknames, but none that really hinge on their real names--more nicknames that are based on incidents or traits. They go by their real names in general and the nicknames are only used among close family.

February 10, 2012 10:43 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Her name just sounds like, or brings to mind, "nail." They should have used a short "a" sound, as in "nap" or, more obviously, "Nancy"! Too bad.

April 13, 2012 7:08 AM
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Singers have an odd sense of humor apparently, since another famous singer Cher, named her daughter Chastity. Well, admittedly it's not THAT weird a name.

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By Grace Hilton (not verified)

tonsil and adenoid removal It was so nice to know more about the origins of Josh Kelley daughter’s nickname. I was also very happy to know more about the video, which he released for the new song. I also am happy to know that the song clears up any pronunciation question that anyone may have.

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