Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott on the Music That Made Her -- From Boyz II Men to *NSYNC

Joseph Llanes
Scott, best known for fronting hitmaking country group  Lady Antebellum, is releasing her first album as a bandleader.

You can't go home again, but on her upcoming album Love Remains (July 29, EMI Nashville), Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott comes close: She is joined by family -- including her mother, country singer Linda Davis -- for the collection of faith-based songs, produced by bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. Ahead of the new album -- her first as a bandleader -- Scott, 30, dives into her musical heritage.

Hillary Scott on Finding 'Beauty From the Ashes of Sadness' With Her Faith-Based Album and Lady Antebellum's Future

Her First Record-Store Purchase

"I always loved R&B, so my very first album was Boyz II Men, II -- the one with the song 'On Bended Knee.' I love it."

The Concert That Inspired Her To Be An Artist

"One of the first performers that really knocked me out was Gladys Knight. My parents, being musical [her father is songwriter Lang Scott] did an amazing job of introducing me to many styles of music, from Knight to James Taylor to The Doobie Brothers."

The First LP She Fell In Love With

"The hilarious answer is 'N Sync's No Strings Attached -- such a fun album. The serious one is Carole King's Tapestry, after my mom gave it to me."

Her Go-To Album In Tough Times

"Steven Curtis Chapman recorded an album with his family called Deep Roots [2013] that was initially marketed through Cracker Barrel and then released wide -- Ricky Skaggs also plays on the record. It came out shortly after my grandfather passed, and when I'd put it on, it was like having a pot of coffee with him."

The Album She Plays For Her 2-Year-Old Daughter, Eisele Kaye

"She is loving Don Williams right now. I always play him around the house; he has the nicest, smoothest voice. When I see my daughter it's like looking at myself, only with blue eyes and blonde hair."

Her Favorite Lady Antebellum Song

"When Lady Antebellum recorded 2009's "I Run to You" [off its self-titled debut], there was just something about that track that was bigger than us. I had that same feeling while recording "Thy Will" [the lead single off Love Remains], which I wrote after having a miscarriage. Writing it was my first step in healing. Every once in a while, that kind of song comes along."


This article was originally featured in the July 23 issue of Billboard.