Country singer gave her baby a fan-suggested name

Paulette Carlson's album "Love Goes On" (1991)
Paulette Carlson album

In mid-1991, country music singer Paulette Carlson asked fans to help her name her baby:

She has invited fans to stop by her booth at the annual Fan Fair music festival in Nashville, Tenn., from June 10 to June 14, and submit names. The winning entrant will receive a picnic basket with treats.

Was the winning suggestion really used as the baby’s name?

According to the country music website, “Paulette Carlson and husband Randy Smith [had] a daughter, Cali Gabriel Smith, in Anchorage, Alaska,” on July 10, 1991. “The baby was named during a contest at Fan Fair.”

The bio on Paulette’s website confirms that the baby was a girl, and named Cali. It doesn’t mention Fan Fair, though.

Source: “Paulette Carlson.” Star-News [Wilmington, NC] 30 May 1991: 2A.

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