Lady Antebellum -- Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood -- is trying something new. The trio has risen to the top of Nashville’s ranks thanks to its country-pop blend, winning the record and song of the year Grammys in 2011 for the title track to its second LP, Need You Now. For its sixth album, 747, Lady A replaced longtime producer Paul Worley with Nathan Chapman, known for his work with Taylor Swift. Chapman’s other star client may have fully abandoned country for pop, but he didn’t lead Lady A in the same direction, as evidenced by the banjo plucks on the Country Airplay chart-topper “Bartender.” 747 was also one of the act’s fastest-recorded albums -- no easy task, as Scott had her first daughter in July 2013.
Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum photographed at The Rosewall in Nashville on August 26, 2014.
"They were so unbelievably understand...
"They were so unbelievably understanding of my schedule," Scott tells Billboard about juggling new motherhood and recording 747. "They never put me on a guilt trip or made me feel like I wasn’t doing my part."
“'Freestyle'” has gone over huge ...
“'Freestyle'” has gone over huge for us," Kelley says of playing the 747 song on tour. Adds Haywood: "People put it up [on YouTube] and talk about it after the show. We’re loving the energy."
"We've been reinspired," says Haywood...
"We've been reinspired," says Haywood. "With family on the way, it's like you approach things [differently]. We're really fighting hard [for] it again.
"If we were a pop act, I’d be afrai...
"If we were a pop act, I’d be afraid every next single would be so stressful, because it’s like if you don’t keep having single, single, single, you’re done," says Kelley. "In country, we can have a single that may not do as well as the last one and they’re still with us."
"Country music, the environment that ...
"Country music, the environment that it brings, the lifestyle it lends itself to -- everything about it is who we are," says Scott. "Our relationships in every part of the business, [they’re] just so personal. With radio, with journalists, with everybody -- it’s really special."
Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum photographed at The Rosewall in Nashville on August 26, 2014 by Austin Hargrave.