Sunday, 4 May, 2008 7:43 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Lady
by David Johnson
Records Nashville recording artists Lady Antebellum.
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
Though Country is the
foundation for Lady Antebellum's music, other echoes rise and play
above that bedrock. Yet they all fit together in ways that testify
to these artists' ability to inspire and complement each other.
Their story begins with
the friendship of Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, who began playing
as middle-school students in Augusta, Ga. Their paths separated
when Kelley started playing drums in his older brother Josh's band,
while Haywood pursued a career in accounting. In 2005, he answered
Kelley's call to Nashville.
Hillary Scott, meanwhile,
was already settled in Music City. The daughter of CMA Award-winning
vocalist Linda Davis and musician Lang Scott, she grew up in the
music business, performed on "The Linda Davis Family Christmas
Show" while in high school and nearly sealed a solo artist
deal. In true postmodern fashion, she encountered Kelley's music
through his MySpace site, which led all three to connect and begin
nurturing their collective talents.
Produced by Victoria
Shaw and Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum's eponymous debut album on
Capitol Records Nashville ranges from the dramatic power ballad
"All We'd Ever Need" to the swagger and strut of "Love's
Lookin' Good on You." All but one of the tracks were written
by the group together or with other co-writers, and through them
all, Scott and Kelley take turns in the solo vocal spotlight when
not locking together in polished yet freewheeling harmonies. This
combination feels right, sings tight and sounds ready to rock it
'til the morning light.
SONG YOU'D LIKE TO
CHARLES: "'Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car,' by Billy
DAVE: "'Jump,' by Van Halen."
HILLARY: "'Hard to Handle,' by The Black Crowes."
SONG YOU SING IN
HILLARY: "A Dave Barnes song called 'Grace's Amazing Hands.'
He's an amazing singer/songwriter who lives in Nashville."
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
CHARLES: "'What Hurts the Most' performed by Rascal Flatts
and written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson."
DAVE: "'Ants Marching,' by Dave Matthews."
CD IN YOUR STEREO
CHARLES: "Miranda Lambert's Crazy Ex- Girlfriend."
DAVE: "Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride."
HILLARY: "John Mayer's Continuum."
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
CHARLES: "The entire collection of encyclopedias."
HILLARY: "My journal."
DAVE: "James Taylor."
HILLARY: "Gladys Knight."
DREAM DUET PARTNER
CHARLES: "Hillary Scott. I'm living my dream."
HILLARY: "Gladys Knight."
CHARLES: "Someone who talks just to talk."
DAVE: "People asking me for gum."
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
CHARLES: "Speed walking."
WORD OR PHRASE YOU
SAY OVER AND OVER
CHARLES: "Rawesome. It's a combination of radd and awesome."
ACTOR TO PORTRAY
YOU IN YOUR BIOPIC
HILLARY: "I think Mandy Moore would do a great job."
MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE
YOU'D RELIVE IF YOU COULD
CHARLES: "Senior year of college. It was rawesome."
HILLARY: "I don't believe in reliving or regretting anything
because those are the things that teach you and make you grow as
TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
CHARLES: "A man who lived rawesomely."
HILLARY: "The Story of the Lady in Lady Antebellum."
WHEN THEY LOOK BACK
ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
CHARLES: "I like that guy's voice."
HILLARY: "I hope people say that I love life, work hard, but
have fun doing it and help to better this world in some way. I want
to have more than just a list of accolades and awards, I hope to
touch people with what I do because that is much more important."
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