Country band Lady Antebellum was always affectionately known as Lady A by fans.
However, in 2020 the country music band decided to use the surname as their new name after online backlash.
Why did Lady Antebellum change her name to Lady A?
On June 11, 2020 Lady Antebellum revealed that she has changed her name to Lady A.
They did this because antebellum belongs to the era of slavery.
The term is used to refer to the period and architecture in the American South before the Civil War.
They say they took the name from the architectural style, but are now “deeply sorry for the hurt”.
In a statement on TwitterHe said his eyes were opened to “the injustices, inequality and prejudices black women and men have always faced” and “dark spots we didn’t even know existed”.
They originally took their name from the antebellum style of the house after they took their first band photos in front of such a house nearly 14 years ago.
Their statement said: “As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the South that influenced us.
“But we are sorry and ashamed to say that we did not take into account the associations that use the term to refer to the period of history before the Civil War, which also included slavery.
“We are deeply sorry for the hurt it caused and for anyone who felt unsafe, overlooked or priceless.
“It was never our heart’s intention to cause pain, but that doesn’t change the fact that, in fact, it did.”
What does ‘antebellum’ mean?
The dictionary definition of antebellum literally means “before the battle”, coming from the Latin phrase, ex bellum.
It was widely associated with the end of the American Civil War and refers to the plantation-style architecture with stately columns and expansive grounds.
But the key word here is plantation – because the major problem with the antebellum aesthetic was that it was built on the back of slave labor, and can be seen to glorify a time when black people were enslaved by white people. was.
Who are the Lady A members?
The country band is composed of a trio of Hilary Scott, Charles Kelly and Dave Heywood.
The group’s debut album came out in 2008, and included the Grammy-winning #1 country hit I Run to You, then achieved crossover success on the pop charts with nine-time platinum Need You Now.
Hilary Scott was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and is best known as the lead singer of Lady A.
She started out as a country singer when she was just 14 years old before forming the band in 2006.
In collaboration with his family, he also released the gospel album Love Remains as a solo artist in 2016 – peaking at number 7 on the Billboard 200.
Scott is married to drummer and long-term partner Chris Tyrell.
The pair have been married since 2012 and have three children.
Charles Kelly was born on 11 September 1981 in Augusta, Georgia.
He rose to fame with Lady A.
Charles graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance – initially working as an accountant for a waste management company in his brother’s construction business.
The pair later moved to Nashville to pursue their dreams of making music.
As of August 4, 2022, Kelly boasts of 10 albums to her name, including her debut studio album The Driver – released in 2016.
He has been married to music representative Cassie McConnell since 2009.
They welcomed their son Ward Charles Kelly in 2011.
Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Dave Heywood first met future bandmate Charles in middle school.
After the reunion, they combined their songwriting talents and formed the hit band.
Dave married his Kelly Cashiola in April 2012, in a Nashville ceremony attended by his fellow bandmates.
The couple share two children together.