By: Regina Futcher
Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006, Nashville, Tennessee. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin). Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together. Kelley invited Scott to join him and Haywood and they called the group Lady Antebellum. They thought of the name the group were photographing "antebellum" homes. They began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville. Hillary Scott claimed she was rejected from auditions for American Idol twice, and didn't even make it past the first round.
An artist named Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single "Never Alone," which reached No. 14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts.
Their solo debut single "Love Don't Live Here" was released in September 2007, with a music video for the song following in December. This song gave their name recognition. "Love Don't Live Here" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. A second single, "Lookin' for a Good Time", was released in June 2008. Their third official single, "I Run to You", was released in January 2009. It was number one on the country song charts and launched their career. Their debut album sold over 1 million copies. T, "Our Kind of Love", went No. 1 in September 2010. The album was released on January 26, 2010 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts for the week of February 2, 2010, selling 480,922 copies. Four weeks after the album's release, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2010, they performed on the results show of American Idol, performing "Need You Now". On September 20, 2010, they launched their first headlining tour, "Need You Now 2010" in Orlando, Florida. On October 28, 2010, they performed the National Anthem before Game 2 at the 2010 World Series. Lady Antebellum appeared on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010. The group released the first single from their upcoming album, titled "Just a Kiss". The group performed the single on stage on American Idol 's result show on May 5, 2011. It was number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their highest debut on the chart. It also topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs, making it their fifth number-one single on the chart. Lady Antebellum released their first Christmas album On This Winter's Night on October 22, 2012. On January 22, 2013, "Downtown," the first single from a new album, was released to country radio. The new album, Golden, was released on May 7, 2013.
Since January 2012, Lady Antebellum has been partnered with the "myLifespeaks" charity, to raise awareness of and provide facilities for disabled orphans in Haiti. At the start of the year 2013, the members of the group also created the organization called LadyAID, which was created in hopes of bringing awareness to children who suffer and cannot help themselves locally, nationally and around the world. The main focus of Lady Antebellum are the children in hospitals, mainly in United States and Canada. They also particpiated in the 2 in 2 two hands on the wheel andtwo eyes on the road campaign for schools all over the country.
- Lady Antebellum won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008,
- first Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals.
- At the 2009 CMA's, the group ended Rascal Flatts' six-year reign as Vocal Group of the Year.
- At the 2010 CMA's, the group became the first artist in CMA Award history to receive the Single of the Year honor for two consecutive years.
- At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year.
- They won Top Vocal Group at the 2012 ACM Awards.
What Propelled Lady A To Fame?
- Lady Antebellum
- Need You Now
- Own the Night
Characteristics of Country music
- There is always guitar.
- Country songs are about everyday life.
- The songs tell a story.
- Most songs are moderately paced.
💰Need You Now💰
H- backup vocals, drum set, synthesizer, bass, guitar,
M- main vocals
R- in 4; moderate
G- intro-verse 1- chorus- verse 2- chorus- bridge- chorus- outro