Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood - you know them formerly as Lady Antebellum, that is until just last week when they dropped the "Antebellum" in light of social justice reforms sweeping the nation. "Antebellum," is a reference to pre-war times. In the United States specifically, the Civil War.
Lady A as they're now known, have reached out this week to Seattle blues singer Lady A, who has released several albums with that name over the last two decades and spoke out when the Country trio debuted their new name.
Both Lady A's posted images from their online chat saying they had "transparent, honest, and authentic conversations" and that they're excited to share they are "moving forward with positive solutions and common ground."
"The hurt is turning into hope. More to come."
The group shared a very honest internal conversation they had last week regarding the "Antebellum" part of their name, its origins, and their decision to drop it at this time.
"We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us."