When Hillary Scott, Lead Female Vocalist for the band Lady Antebellum, went for a night out at a music Hot Spot in her home of Nashville, Tennessee, she never expected it to be the start of a successful musical career.Hillary, the daughter of Award winning Country singer Linda Davis and Musician Lang Scott, first got hooked on the spotlight after performing on her mother’s Christmas show, The Linda Davis Family Christmas Show, while in high school and from there was determined to make it big. She created quite a stir about herself as a solo artist, with help from her mentor, artist/song-writer Victoria Shaw. She did have the chance to go for a solo career in March 2006, but the deal fell through. It was two months later, when she was visiting a music spot, that she met fellow musicians and future band mates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. She recognised Charles from his MySpace profile, where she had been listening to his songs, and went over to introduce herself. A conversation developed which led to Charles inviting her to write with them sometime, and, although he had originally had an ulterior motive to asking her (He ‘just thought she was hot’), Lady Antebellum was born.
Charles himself had been introduced to music at an early age, when he began to play drums with his brother Josh, who is also a well-known musician. He met Dave in middle school in Augusta and they went on to study Finances together at the University of Georgia, where they began to write songs together. He gave up numbers for the microphone and moved to Nashville with his brother in 2005.
Dave, who had also developed an early passion for music, continued on with Finances, working in an accountants firm for a year, reasoning that it was a more reliable source of income than music and his ‘something to fall back on’. During the year, he flew to many exotic destinations, such as England and Japan but found that he yearned to get back to music. When Charles called him and enquired as to whether he would like to go to Nashville and have a try at making it in the Music Business, the answer was a firm yes. He moved to Nashville to join Charles and Josh.
After writing together for the first time, the trio were inseparable. They would spend hours together, simply writing and composing their songs. They had two singers and an instrumentalist, there was only one thing left to do: find themselves a name. After becoming inspired by a photo shoot in vintage southern clothes, the group chose a name: Lady Antebellum. It is a name meant to represent the nostalgia, which is also often present within their songs.They began to post their songs on their MySpace page and the feedback was overwhelming. They were encouraged to begin performing live. With Hillary and Charles’ chemistry as a vocal duo and Dave’s command over a wide range of instruments and his harmony vocals, Lady Antebellum, christened Lady A by early fans, soon won the hearts and support of many locals in Nashville. Within the space of a few months, they had gone from performing in front of small crowds to performing in the Grand Ole Opry, a huge weekly country concert, which is often known for presenting the largest Country Stars in the world, and being the opening act for Stars such as Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, Rodney Adkins and Josh Turner. They were fast becoming a huge hit in their own rite.
In April 2007, they signed a record deal with Nashville Capitol, and their self-titled debut album was produced. It was released in April 2008 and included the songs ‘Love Don’t Live Here’, which reached the Top 5 in America and ‘Lookin for a Good Time’ which reached #11 in the same charts. Their second album, ‘Need You Now’ was released in 2009 and reached #1.Over the past two years, Lady Antebellum won a series of awards, including the Academy of Country Music: Top New Vocal Duet/ Group in 2008 and a Grammy in the category Best Country Performance by Duo/ Group With Vocals in 2009.
The music used by Lady Antebellum has become popular to use in Line Dancing, especially the song ‘Need You Now’. Other songs used have been their new release, ‘American Honey’ and ‘Love Don’t Live Here’.
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By Bethany Norris (Aged 15)
Greenbank High School, Southport, Work Experience 12th April 2010