In the summer of 2006, three gifted young adults walked into a house hoping to create music together-and Lady Antebellum walked out.The sound that Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood cooked up while hanging at the Nashville-area home of Charles' brother throughout the summer of 2006 is a unique blend that mingles classic country, 1960s R&B soulfulness and the heart-on-the-sleeve openness of 1970s singer-songwriters, all presented with a razor-sharp contemporary edge. It's a sound that had Lady Antebellum, as the threesome dubbed itself, generating deafening buzz as one of modern country's brightest hopes even before the release of their new self-titled debut album.
Already the trio earned "Top New Group" honors at the 2008 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They've watched the group-penned first single from Lady Antebellum, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," soar up the country radio charts, while its video has become a staple on CMT and GAC. They've performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, served as the opening act on Martina McBride's 2008 arena tour, and opened shows for Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins and Little Big Town. Outlets like Billboard, Country Weekly, MSN Music and the Boston Globe included Lady Antebellum among their annual shortlists of artists to watch in 2008, and Nashville Lifestyles magazine flat-out called them "the next big thing."
GAC has devoted a special, Introducing... Lady Antebellum, to tracing their brief but eventful history.The range of emotion on Lady Antebellum encompasses both the joyfully romantic "Love's Lookin' Good On You" and the desolation of the swelling ballad "All We'd Ever Need" (the very first song the trio composed together). Between those extremes is the driving "Long Gone," a display of attitudinal assurance from Hillary; "Lookin' for a Good Time," an irresistible come-on from Charles; "Slow Down Sister," a churning rocker with touches of Southern rock and Stax groove; and the pulsing "I Run to You," in which the voices circle one another tantalizingly before melding seamlessly in the chorus. Fans drawn in by "Love Don't Live Here" are about to discover just how much more there is to Lady Antebellum- and given the trio's breathtaking rise to newly minted star status, it's a sure bet that there are plenty of listeners out there waiting to do just that.
"It still overwhelms me," Hillary admits. "I'm a true believer that what's meant to be will fall into place. When the ride starts, you've just got to jump on."With a one-of-a-kind vocal chemistry that evokes the tradition of classic country, an up-to-the-second modern sound, and a songwriting partnership that's both timely and timeless, Lady Antebellum offers a combination that's both shockingly fresh and as familiar as an old friend.