Country singer James Otto is hospitalized in Nashville.

He was admitted to an area hospital Tuesday for an abdominal illness and is canceling his weekend shows.

Otto says in a statement that he has "been feeling badly on and off for a while now but didn't think it was serious."

He adds that he "may have been a bit distracted by all the excitement of baby Ava's arrival." His wife, Amy, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Aug. 24.

Otto says he will be down for a few days but hopes to be back in action soon.

Otto scored his first No. 1 hit in 2008 with "Just Got Started Loving You." He is releasing a new album Sept. 14.