COUNTRY Lady Antebellum has always been fondly known by fans as Lady A.
However, in 2020, the country music group decided to use the moniker as their new name after an online backlash.
Why did Lady Antebellum change her name to Lady A?
On June 11, 2020, Lady Antebellum announced that she had changed her name to Lady A.
They did this because Antebellum has connotations with the age of slavery.
The word is used to refer to the period and architecture in the US South prior to the Civil War.
They say they took the name from the architectural style but now “deeply regret the harm they have caused.”
In a statement on Twitterthey said they opened their eyes to “the injustice, inequality, and prejudice that black women and men have always faced,” as well as “blind spots we didn’t even know existed.”
They originally got their name from the pre-war style of the house after taking their first group photos in front of one of these houses nearly 14 years ago.
Their statement said, “As musicians, this reminded us of all the music born in the South that has influenced us.
“But we must say with regret and embarrassment that we have not taken into account the associations that weigh down this word, referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery.
“We deeply regret the damage caused, as well as anyone who felt unsafe, unnoticed or unappreciated.
“Inflicting pain was never the intention of our hearts, but that doesn’t change the fact that it actually did just that.”
What does “pre-war period” mean?
The dictionary definition antebellum literally means “before the war”, derived from the Latin phrase ante bellum.
It became widely associated with the American Civil War after it ended, and refers to plantation-style architecture with stately columns and vast grounds.
But the key word here is plantation, because the main problem with the pre-war aesthetic was that it was built on the basis of slave labor, and you can see that it celebrates the time when black people were enslaved by white people.
Who are the members of Lady A?
The country band consists of the trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood.
The band’s first album came out in 2008 and included the No. 1 Grammy-winning country hit, I Run To You, then crossover success on the pop charts with the nine-time platinum album Need You Now.
Hilary Scott was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and is best known as the lead singer of the band Lady A.
She started out as a country singer when she was only 14 before forming a band in 2006.
In collaboration with her family, she also released the gospel album Love Remains in 2016 as a solo artist, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard 200.
Scott is married to drummer and longtime partner Chris Tyrell.
The couple have been married since 2012 and have three children.
Charles Kelly was born on September 11, 1981 in Augusta, Georgia.
He became famous with Lady A.
Charles graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance, first working in his brother’s construction business as an accountant for a waste disposal company.
The couple later moved to Nashville to pursue their dreams of making music.
As of August 4, 2022, Kelly boasts 10 albums to his name, including his own debut studio album, The Driver, released in 2016.
He has been married to music rep Cassie McConnell since 2009.
Their son Ward Charles Kelly was born in 2011.
Also raised in Augusta, Georgia, Dave Haywood first met future bandmate Charles in high school.
After the reunion, they combined their songwriting talents and formed a hit group.
Dave married his Kelly Kashiola in April 2012 in a lavish ceremony in Nashville attended by his bandmates.
The couple shares two children together.