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Lady A Members Talk Name Change, Explain Why It Took So Long

Lady A Members Talk Name Change, Explain Why It Took So Long

The members of the group Lady A, which was formerly known as Lady Antebellum, are speaking out about the name change and why it took so long to drop “antebellum.”

Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley made an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show on Monday (December 21) and they discussed the name change, six months after they decided to do it.

“The heart of our decision still rings true today as much as it did back in June when we made this announcement,” Hillary said. “I mean, we want our music, and our live shows and, you know, anything that we’re a part of, for everyone to feel welcome and invited. And we realized, you know, over the summer I think not touring and watching just this movement happen that is so needed in this country and around the world, we started to see what our part was, what part of our first steps and making a difference could be. And so our name changing was the first step…but you never know how things are going to happen and we never saw that coming.”

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Dave added, “I think the experience began with so many conversations with friends of color. We employ several Black people, we spoke to a lot of Black people, in and out of the industry and our goal was to find out the heart behind what ‘antebellum’ could bring up for some, and unanimously, it brought up hardship. So, this decision was simple for us.”

Charles discussed why it took so long for the name change to happen. The group kept the name for 10 years until the Black Lives Matter movement became a big focus in 2020.

“I think the word to me that resonates the most this year has been ‘blind spot.’ And I think I am so guilty of…I didn’t think about it,” Charles said. “You know, we came up with the name thinking about the antebellum homeā€¦I don’t know. It’s so naive now looking back, but I think, as we’ve grown up, we all have kids now.”

He continued, “I mean, why now? Well, we’re a lot older, we look at the world a lot different. We’re trying to leave the world a little bit better, too, for our kids and the next generation. And we want to be a part of change.”

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