Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. 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).
Let’s see some interesting facts about them!
1. The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Nashville.
2. Lady Antebellum has released five albums for Capitol: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, Own the Night, Golden, and 747, plus one Christmas album (On This Winter’s Night).
3. Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
4. The albums have produced sixteen singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which nine have reached number one.
5. Their longest-lasting number one single is “Need You Now”, which spent five weeks at that position in 2009; both that song and 2011’s “Just a Kiss” reached number one on the Adult Contemporary charts.
6. Lady Antebellum was awarded Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2008.
7. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You”.
8. They were awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year (“Need You Now”), and Single of the Year (“Need You Now”) at the 44th ACM Awards on April 18, 2010. They won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now”.
9. Lady Antebellum also scored “Best Country Album” at the 54th Grammy Awards. By August 2013, the group had sold more than 12.5 million digital singles and 10 million albums in the United States.
10. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, best known for her duet vocals on Reba McEntire’s 1993 hit “Does He Love You”, and Charles Kelley is the brother of pop and country artist Josh Kelley.
11. Hillary Scott attended Donelson Christian Academy in Donelson, Tennessee. Kelley moved to Nashville in mid-2005 from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John.
12. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together.
13. Shortly thereafter, Scott recognized Kelley from Myspace, and they started to talk at a Nashville music club. Kelley invited Scott to join him and Haywood in the new group, which assumed the name Lady Antebellum.
14. On the BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show August 9, 2010, the band explained to the host, Liza Tarbuck, that the name Antebellum comes from when the group were photographing “antebellum” homes.
15. The antebellum architectural style describes the large plantation homes in the American South. The Latin word bellum means “war”; “antebellum” therefore means “before the war”.
16. In America specifically, the Antebellum era commonly refers to the period before the Civil War. While photographing the houses one of the group said that there’s a great band name in there, and they adopted the Lady Antebellum name shortly after.
17. The trio then began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville. In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Scott said she was rejected from auditions for American Idol twice, not even making it past the first round.
18. Shortly after the trio signed to the label, recording artist Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single “Never Alone,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. In mid-2007, Lady Antebellum also wrote a song for the MTV reality television series The Hills.
19. 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 was the lead-off single to the band’s self-titled debut album.
20. Released on April 15, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter and former solo artist.
21. “Love Don’t Live Here” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album itself was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.
22. A second single, “Lookin’ for a Good Time”, was released in June 2008 and peaked at No. 11 in December. In addition, Lady Antebellum was signed as an opening act on Martina McBride’s Waking Up Laughing Tour in 2008.
23. Lady Antebellum also contributed the song “I Was Here” to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, a song which peaked at No. 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 based on downloads.
24. Haywood and Kelley co-wrote labelmate Luke Bryan’s 2009 single “Do I”, on which Scott also sings backing vocals. This song is the first single from Bryan’s second studio album “Doin’ My Thing”, which was released on October 6, 2009.
25. In August 2009, the group released their fourth single, “Need You Now”, the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album, which was also produced by Worley.
26. It debuted at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became their second Number One hit on the charts for the week of November 28, 2009.
27. 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.
28. The week of January 9, 2011, the group ventured into the studio to begin recording for their third studio album. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Charles Kelley said, “We actually just went ahead and decided we’re gonna take two, two and a half months straight in the studio to create this thing and not have all this distraction. Hopefully that will be a good thing”.
29. On May 2, 2011, the group released the first single from their upcoming album, titled “Just a Kiss”.
30. Lady A released a “Lady Hazed” version of Jason Aldean’s song “Dirt Road Anthem” entitled “Country Club Anthem” on their installment of Webisode Wednesdays on August 10, 2011. On October 1, 2011, the group performed as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live.
31. Lady Antebellum released their first Christmas album On This Winter’s Night on October 22, 2012.[
32. On January 22, 2013, “Downtown,” the first single from a new album, was released to country radio. It was made available on iTunes starting February 5, 2013, and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in April 2013. The new album, Golden, was released on May 7, 2013.
33. They also sang backing vocals on Darius Rucker’s 2013 single “Wagon Wheel”.
34. “Bartender” was released to country radio on May 12, 2014, as the lead single for the group’s sixth studio album, and was made available to digital retailers on May 19. In July 2014, the album’s title was confirmed as 747, and the track listing was confirmed. Chapman produced this album as well.
35. In October 2015, while appearing on Good Morning America, the group announced that they would be taking some down time once they finish with their Wheels Up Tour. During their break Kelley will be working on his solo career. Kelley stated that Lady Antebellum is his priority but wanted to try working alone out.
36. On September 28, 2015, he released his debut solo single titled “The Driver” which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay.
37. On October 12, 2015, Charles Kelley announced his tour dates for his solo tour.
38. In 2016, Lady Antebellum were selected as one of 30 artists to perform on “Forever Country”, a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
39. Since January 2012, Lady Antebellum has been partnered with the charity myLIFEspeaks, to raise awareness of and provide facilities for disabled orphans in Haiti.
40. 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 the United States and Canada.
41. Since Lady Antebellum won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008, they have accumulated seven more awards, including their 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.
42. 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.
43. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year. They won Top Vocal Group at the 2012 ACM Awards April 1, 2012.