updated 06/20/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/20/2008 AT 12:00 PM ET
The music industry sang notes of congratulations to Jamie Lynn Spears Thursday night at a Songwriters Hall of Fame event in New York.
Spears’s infant daughter, Maddie Briann, made her debut Thursday morning.
“Congratulations Jamie Lynn. Wow, I’ve not had a baby yet,” English singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield said at the soirée. “She’ll be able to give us all advice when it happens to us.”
The performers and songwriters told the Zoey 101 star not to get too discouraged by the overwhelming media coverage of her early pregnancy and engagement to 19-year-old Casey Aldridge, a Mississippi pipe layer.
“My sister had a child at a young age, too, and I understand what that is like,” soul singer John Legend said.
“You just hope that her family supports her and helps her with the baby and she’ll be all right.”
Country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton echoed the sentiments of many of Spears’ friends and family, saying he expects she’ll be a wonderful mom.
“I’m from a small town in Oklahoma, and any time you have a teenage girl that is pregnant and has a baby that’s going to be the focus,” he said. “It doesn’t mean she’s not going to be a great mother.”