Lady Antebellum (now Lady A) is a famous American country music group. It originated in Nashville Tennessee, in the year 2006. The members of the group are Hillary Scott, who is the lead and the background vocal of the group, and Chand arles Kelley who is another lead and background vocals and, also plays guitar. The third member is Dave Haywood who also gives background and vocals, and plays guitar, piano, and mandolin. Hillary Scott is the daughter of the country music singer Linda Davis and Charles Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley. The group decided to change its name to 11 June 2020 because Antebellum has a connection with the slavery era when the word was used to refer to the period of other Civil Wars. The trio announced on Twitter that they were changing their group name To Lady A.
Why Did Lady Antebellum Change Her Name?
The band Lady Antebellum came into existence in 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott. The two members Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott of the band have their musical backgrounds as Scott is the daughter of the country music singer Linda Davis, who is known for her duet vocals on Reba McEntire’s 1993 hit “Does He Loves You”, and Charles Kelley is the brother of the pop and country artist Josh Kelley. The band made their solo debut single “Love Don’t Live Here in September 2007, with a music video for the song following in December. The song was the lead-off single to the band’s debut album.
The producer of the band Lady Antebellum was Paul Worley and Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter, and former solo artist, when it got released on 15th April 2008. “Love Don’t Live Here” win on number 3 position on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The second single was “Lookin’ for a Good Time”, which was released month June of 200,8, and topped the chart at number 11 position in December. Going forward they had given the song “I Was Here” to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, a song that topped the chart at number 24th position on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 based on downloads. The group’s third official single was, “I Run to You”, which was released in January 2009. Their third official single became the first album to hit the number one position on the chart. The group was an ad with certified platinum RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States, on 7th October 2009.
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However the band was doing very well, they decided to change their band name in 2020. They did the name change announcement through Twitter stating that “We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen, or unvalued”. The reason the band kept this was that they wanted to take the name from the architectural style and, “as musicians, it reminded them of all the music born in the South that influenced them. But they regrated and felt embarrassed later for not taking account of the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery. This is the reason they said, “We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen, or unvalued. Causing pain was never our heart’s intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that”. The word “antebellum” means “before the war”. It was associated with the Us Civil War after it was over and refers to plantation-style architecture with stately columns. The major problem with the antebellum aesthetic was that it was built on the backs of the slave laborers who were black and enslaved by whites.
After the change of the name of the band from Lady Antebellum to Lady A, the band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood were sued in July 2020 seeking a court order confirming their right to continue using the name. The band name has always been a controversial issue due to its connection with the Civil War and then with the name change, it became controversial due to a name clash with Anita White, who was using the name “Lady A” for more than 20 Years. Anita White is a Seattle-based African American activist and blues, soul, funk, and gospel singer.