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Lady Antebellum is a country music band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2006. The group comprises of three members, including lead singer Hillary Scott, lead and background vocalist and guitarist Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood on background vocals, piano, guitar and mandolin. The group first released music in 2007, on Jim Brickman’s song “Never Alone”, as guest singers. Soon after this, they were signed on to Capitol Nashville. Currently, the band is on its You Look Good 2017 tour. They will be performing at The Chicago Theater in Illinois on 15th November, 2017 for the CBS Radio’s Stars and String Show. This show will see them perform alongside Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker and Lindsay EII. If you want to catch these guys live in action, you have got to get your hands on these Lady Antebellum tickets at the earliest!
Formation and Early Days of Lady Antebellum
Members of this country pop group have been associated with music since a long time, thanks to family members in the industry. For instance, Scott is the daughter of country musician, Linda Davis, who is best known for her song “Does He Love You.” In addition to that, Charles Kelly is the brother of country musician Josh Kelly. Kelly and Haywood met in middle school and decided to pursue a career in music. They were soon approached by Hillary Scott via MySpace and formed a new group called Lady Antebellum. The band soon started performing at local venues within Nashville, before being noticed by and signed by Capitol Records.
While talking about her early days in the music industry, Hillary Scott remembers that she was rejected from the auditions stage of American Idol two times – not even going beyond the first round on both occasions.
The Story Behind the Band’s Name
The name of the band comes from a time when the group was photographing “antebellum” homes. Referring to the antebellum architectural style, the band explained how the world bellum means “war” and “antebellum” therefore translates to “before the war”. While on their photographing project, one of the group members felt that they could make a great band name using this word – the name Lady Antebellum was adopted soon after.
Shortly after signing on to the record label, the band was signed on by Jim Brickman to sing on “Never Alone”, his 2007 single. This song reached No. 14 on the adult contemporary charts on Billboard. Lady Antebellum released its own solo debut single called “Love Don’t Live Here” in September 2007. Their first album, the eponymous Lady Antebellum was released in April 2008. The song “Love Don’t Live Here” became a hit as it reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Lady Antebellum was a highly successful debut, as it ended up debuting at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Other early successes included “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” “I Run to You,” “I Was Here” and a rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. By October 2009, the debut album by the band had achieved a platinum status by the RIAA, selling more than a million copies in the US alone.
Need You Now – Major Success
In August of 2009, Lady Antebellum released the lead single from their second album. The single, called “Need You Now” debuted on the charts at No.50 and eventually topped multiple charts, including the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. Singles “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love” from the album also went on to become chart toppers. The album itself was released on 26th January, 2010 and topped the Billboard 200 chart, along with the Top Country Albums chart. Within four weeks, the album was certified Platinum.
The group started working on its third album in early 2011. After the release of a single “Just a Kiss” from the album, the album itself, called Own the Night, was released in September 2011. Singles “We Owned the Night” and “Wanted You More” did well on the charts.
On 22nd October, 2012, Lady Antebellum released their first Christmas album called On This Winter’s Night.
On 7th May, 2013, the band released its fourth album, Golden that had singles such as “Downtown,” “Goodbye Town” and “Compass.” Soon after this, Lady Antebellum started working on their sixth album called 747. The lead single from this album, “Bartender” became the group’s ninth number 1 hit on the Country Airplay charts.
Awards and Accolades
The trio, Lady Antebellum has won 52 awards up till now and has been nominated for 132 awards in total. They won their first Grammy Award in 2010, for “Love Don’t Live Here” in the Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals category. Lady Antebellum has also won six more Grammy Awards in multiple categories, including Song of the Year and Best Country Album.
In addition to winning the Grammys, the band has won eight Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, four American Music Awards, five CMT Music Awards, nine American Country Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and one People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite Country Group. In addition, the group has achieved great success in terms of the number of units sold – more than 12.5 million digital singles and almost 10 million albums in the US have been sold by Lady Antebellum.
Lady Antebellum Tour
Since the start of its career, the group has headlined multiple tours and have also been a supporting act for Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride and other country artists tours. Currently, the band is on its 2017 You Look Good Tour. Lady Antebellum tickets for this tour along with other performances by the band are now available. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun the band has planned for you!