• LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER PREP A SHOW YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS ON THEIR SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR.

    Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker launch their Summer Plays On Tour Thursday night (July 19th) in Toronto, Ontario, and there will be lots of collaborations between the two superstar acts, especially since they’ve recorded and written together.

    “We have a lot of things together,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I don’t know if many people know this – we sing on ‘Wagon Wheel.’ We sing the backgrounds on ‘Wagon Wheel’ together, and we just have a really strong relationship together. I actually co-wrote ‘Homegrown Honey’ with him. So, we’ll have a lot of fun, collaborative moments.”

    Those moments and many others you’re not going to want to miss. You might want to take a potty break or invest in adult diapers before either of them hit the stage…just in case.

    “I think more than anything, we just feel like this is gonna be a great ticket together. We really do,” adds Charles. “I mean I think people are looking for a night where they come, and we want them to like have to literally hold their bladder, like they’re afraid to go to the bathroom ‘cause they might miss something, and that’s what it’s gonna be. If you go to the bathroom or you go get a beer, you might miss your favorite song and I love that! I want you to pee your pants when you come to see Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.”

    The members of Lady Antebellum are currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break,” while Darius, along with Charles Kelly, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, has hit the airwaves with “Straight to Hell.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says the Summer Plays On Tour with them and Darius Rucker will be a show you won’t want to miss.

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    Lady Antebellum (Darius Tour) 2 OC: …and Lady Antebellum. :42
    “We have a lot of things together. I mean, we actually – I don’t know if many people know this – we sing on ‘Wagon Wheel.’ We sing the backgrounds on ‘Wagon Wheel’ together, and we just have a really strong relationship together. I actually co-wrote ‘Homegrown Honey’ with him. So, we’ll have a lot of fun, collaborative moments, but I think more than anything, we just feel like this is gonna be a great ticket together. We really do. I mean I think people are looking for a night where they come, and we want them to like have to literally hold their bladder, like they’re afraid to go to the bathroom ‘cause they might miss something, and that’s what it’s gonna be. If you go to the bathroom or you go get a beer, you might miss your favorite song and I love that! I want you to pee your pants when you come to see Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM TALKS KIDS, TOURING AND MORE ON NBC’S SUNDAY TODAY.

    Before hitting the road for the first time on the Summer Plays On Tour with pal Darius Rucker on Thursday (July 19th), journalist Willie Geist sat down with Lady Antebellumfor NBC’s Sunday TODAY (July 15th) in Nashville. Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley talked to Willie about their whirlwind, decade-long career including the ups and downs that have come along with their record-breaking success. Check out the interview with Lady A here.

    The members of Lady A are currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM PROFILED ON NBC’S SUNDAY TODAY.

    Before hitting the road for the first time in 2018, journalist Willie Geist will sit down with seven-time GRAMMY award-winning group Lady Antebellum for NBC’s Sunday TODAY (July 15th) at 7:00a CT  from tour rehearsals in Nashville. Before embarking on the SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR , Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley extensively reflect on their whirlwind, decade-long career including the ups and downs that have come along with their record-breaking success. While discussing Lady A’s chart-topping radio hits, critical acclaim, award show accolades and growing families, Geist will take fans behind-the-scenes of what preparation is like for a major amphitheater tour.

    Fueled with anticipation for the joint headlining tour with Darius Rucker kicking off next Thursday (July 19th) in Toronto, ON, the friendship-fueled run  will continue through the summer with opener Russell Dickerson. Lady A’s pulsating Top 15 single “Heart Break,” serves as the title-track off their No. One selling sixth studio album and follows more than 18 million album units sold. The multi-PLATINUM selling band has earned ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM HEADLINES TODAY SHOW’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.

    Lady Antebellum headlined the Today show’s Citi Summer Concert Series on Friday (July 6th). They performed their latest Top 15 hit, “Heart Break,” “You Look Good” and “I Run to You.” Check out the videos below.

    The trio will kick off their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Darius Rucker July 19th in Toronto.

    Video / You Look Good on Today Show

    Video / Lady A performs "Heart Break" on Today Show

    Video / Lady A performs "I Run to You" on Today Show

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM HAS A BUSY WEEK!

    After entertaining over 250,000 fans on the Fourth of July in Downtown Nashville for one of the nation’s biggest fireworks shows, the seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will head to the Big Apple for TODAY’s Summer Concert Series (7/06 at 7:00A ET/CT on NBC) live from Rockefeller Plaza. Their multi-song set will include fan-favorite hits along with their pulsating Top 15 single “Heart Break,” which serves as the title-track off their No. One selling sixth studio album.

    Next on the horizon, Lady Antebellum will prepare for their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR with Darius Rucker, which launches July 19th in Toronto, Canada. The friendship-fueled run presented by Synchrony will continue through the summer offering fans across North America a playlist-worthy night full of spontaneous collaborations throughout the evening.

    The multi-Platinum trio’s current album HEART BREAK follows more than 18 million album units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Lady A, Dierks, Kacey

    Lady Antebellum will headline NBC’s Today Show Citi Concert Series this Friday (July 6th).

    If you missed it the first time and didn’t DVR his appearance, you can catch Dierks Bentley on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in a re-broadcast of the show Tuesday night (July 3rd).

    Kacey Musgraves appears on the July/August issue of American Songwriter. It hits newsstands July 10th.

     

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM PREPPING FOR THEIR UPCOMING SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR WITH PAL DARIUS RUCKER.

    Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker have been in rehearsals and production meetings for their upcoming Summer Plays On Tour, and they feel that the fans will definitely get their money’s worth when they come to see them on the road.

    “The one thing that I love about Darius is, not only is he a great guy, he’s a seasoned entertainer and we finally feel like too as a band, and we’ve been at this for almost ten years now, we feel we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun and entertaining show,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I just feel like when the crowds come, they’re gonna get over three hours-worth of music that is just straight singalongs, constantly, and that’s what we want. Darius is just such a great entertainer and we’re friends and we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too, and obviously I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day.”

    The Summer Plays On Tour will launch July 19th in Toronto, Ontario, but first Lady A will headline Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing Fourth of July celebration, which features one of the largest fireworks displays in the nation.

    The members of Lady Antebellum are currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break,” while Darius, along with Charles Kelly, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, just released “Straight to Hell.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley can’t wait to go on tour with his pal Darius Rucker.

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    Lady A (Darius Tour) 1 OC: …during the day. :53
    “One of the biggest reasons that we, kind of together with Darius, approached this concept of touring again together was because we had so much fun last time. When was the last time we toured together, Dave? (Dave): 2012. 2012 and still to this day it’s the biggest tour we’ve ever had and it was just so much fun and the one thing that I love about Darius is, not only is he a great guy, he’s a seasoned entertainer and we finally feel like too as a band, and we’ve been at this for almost ten years now, we feel we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun and entertaining show. And I just feel like when the crowds come they’re gonna get over three hours-worth of music that is just straight singalongs, constantly, and that’s what we want. Darius is just such a great entertainer and we’re friends and we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too, and obviously I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (SPO tour liner)

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  • FOURTH OF JULY 2018 SOUNDBITES

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them.

    Several artists will perform during Independence Day celebrations. Keith Urban will take part in the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, along  with Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Ricky Martin, which will be broadcast July 4th at 8pm ET on NBC.

    Carrie Underwood will headline the Fourth of July Hot Country Live event, launching Spotify’s new live concert series based on the streaming services Hot Country Playlist. It will take place at the Seaport’s Rooftop at Pier 17 concert venue.

    Lady Antebellum will headline the free July 4th concert in downtown Nashville. The “Let Freedom Sing” concert event will also feature performances by Chris Janson and Lucie Silvas. Following the show, there will be a 30-minute fireworks show, which is touted as one of the biggest in the country and will be synchronized to a live performance from the Nashville Symphony.

    Lauren Alaina will perform during A Capitol Fourth, an annual Independence Day special on PBS. Luke Combs will also perform. A Capitol Fourth, hosted by John Stamos, will air live from the West Lawn of the White House on July 4th at 8pm ET on PBS.

    Audio / Alan Jackson recalls one of the coolest Fourth of July memories he’s ever enjoyed.

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    AJ (fave 4th of July memory) OC: …very cool. :58
    Well, this one is hard to beat. A couple of years ago, maybe longer than that now, I had an old boat in Florida. It’s like an old antique motor yacht, and it was kind of a cool old boat. I had taken that boat, I’ve always wanted to take it up north like to New York and up in that area, up in the northeast where it’s so pretty. So, we took the boat up there and Denise and the girls, we all went up. They like going to New York City, which I don’t really care about going to the city. So, I got to stay in my boat there at the harbor tied up, which was cool anyway. So they spent time in the city a few days and then that was Fourth of July, and we went out in the Hudson River that night and they shot the fireworks off and we were anchored out in front of the Statue of Liberty and New York City was behind us, and the Statue of Liberty and the fireworks were going off sitting on that boat. That was the coolest thing and my girls still talk about that. I mean, that was the coolest thing on Fourth of July I can ever remember. I can’t top that one probably. It was emotional sitting there watching the Statue of Liberty and thinking about all that. It was very cool.”

     

    Audio / Billy Currington talks about his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Billy Currington (4th of July) OC: …of my life. :16
    “My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year, and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times, some of the best times of my life.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay talks about his memories of the Fourth of July growing up in Jackson, Tennessee.

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    Brandon Lay (Fourth of July) OC: …good times. :47
    “I remember everybody hanging out at my grandmother’s and we would drive down the road to a fireworks stand off the side of Highway 45 out there in Jackson [Tennessee]. Just getting the bottle rockets and Black Cats and bringing ‘em back to the house, it felt like it was an eternity before it got dark. We just kept wanting to light ‘em and our parents would tell us it ain’t time, but just how exhilarating it was to see ‘em shoot up. We’re not talking big time fireworks here, but you would’ve thought that it was. It’s funny just how you remember things, but I just remember a screen door at my grandmother’s, running in and out, in and out, in and out and four wild little cousins running around. It was good times.”

     

    Audio / Clare Dunn and her family are usually in the midst of harvesting their crops during the Fourth of July holiday, but she says it's one of her favorite memories growing up since that was when they were all together as a family.

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    Clare Dunn (Fourth of July) OC: …with your family. 1:12
    “Fourth of July is probably one of the biggest memories for me, because it’s always during harvest time. And harvest time, being a farmer, is your most important time of the year. It’s always nine-o. It’s always busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, but we always go into town, depending on what field we’re at. A lot of my memories are South Grenada, Colorado, we farm just south of that town, and we go into town and get Mexican food, a great Mexican food place called Shorty’s, and we get tostados and enchiladas and we take them back out to the field. And everybody stops for a second and we eat on the hoods or the tailgates of pickups, and we’re just all out there in the field taking a brief moment to eat dinner and then get back to cutting. And if you’re lucky you’ll see some fireworks from town. Those are some of my favorite memories growing up because you’re all out there working. You’re together, and it’s just the moment of pride, of getting the harvest in and getting to be with your family.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker enjoys setting off fireworks.

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    Darius Rucker (fireworks) OC: …off once. :15
    “Oh, I love fireworks. We had the bottle rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says the people of this country are what define America.

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    Dierks (people are America) OC: …all about. :17
    “The definition of America to me, you know, getting a chance to travel across the country on a tour bus, stepping upon stages whether it be county fairs, state fairs, arenas, rock bars, the Opry stage, anywhere across the country and looking out at that crowd and seeing people. The people, to me, are what America’s all about.”

    Audio / Eric Church recalls his family activities on the Fourth of July holiday.

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    Eric Church (4th of July) OC: …freedoms. 1:17
    “The Fourth of July for me, growing up we would always go to the lake, we didn’t live on the lake but we would all go to the lake. Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. This was before, I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing…we would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about some of his favorite childhood Fourth of July memories.

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    Jordan Davis (Fourth of July) 2 OC: …really cool. :17
    “Probably baseball games, firework shows at baseball games. We’d go to Shreveport Captains games, so yeah, we’d do that or barbecues and fireworks. I can remember being on the lake for a couple of Fourth of Julys. We’d take the boat out and we’d watch the downtown fireworks show from the boat, which was really cool.”

    Audio / Josh Turner, who will perform in Demorest, Georgia on Independence Day, talks about the fireworks “wars” his family would have when he was growing up.

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    Josh Turner (fireworks) OC: …of money. [laughs] :20
    “Yeah, we had fireworks around, especially my Daddy’s family. All the individual families had a lot of competition with each other and tried to outdo each other to try to see who had the biggest and baddest fireworks and all that. [laughs] My daddy, I think, was the smartest one. He just went out and bought maybe $25 worth of fireworks and let everybody else put on the big show, so he saved a lot of money.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban recalls coming over to America for the first time.

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    Keith Urban (coming to America 1st time) OC: …as I could. :39
    “1989 was the first year I came to the States, and it had always been my goal, but I had no plan on how to get here. It was just a case of keep playing, keep getting better at what you do, and then hopefully, somehow, some way I’ll end up over here. The guy who was managing me at the time, we just planned a trip over here – it was actually for the New Music Seminar in New York. And we came over for that, and then we did a trip down to Nashville, and I was shopping my little demo around. I think I humored everybody more than anything else [laughs] with my tragic, ill-fitting demo for the time. So, I left there, but I was just so committed to coming back as quick as I could.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about her favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Lady A (4th of July-Hillary) OC: …on my hand. :29
    “For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2nd up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me – getting a rock on my hand.”

    Audio / Every year, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood celebrates his birthday along with America’s big day.

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    Lady A (Fourth of July-Dave) OC: …and America. :45
    “July fourth is always, for me, my birthday week. My birthday is July 5th so we grew up going on family trips to the beach. We would always go to Hilton Head, South Carolina and always take trips for my birthday, so that’s always a fun time of the year…watch fireworks. I think my best memory would be my birthday party when I was 9 or 10 years old. We went to the batting cages and I remember I was swinging so hard, it was 100 degrees outside, I was swinging in the batting cage and ended up passing out right there in the batting cage. You’re trying so hard to hit the ball, you’re a kid and you really don’t realize how much water you should be drinking and [CHARLES: “Dave was that kid.”] I was that kid who was on the ground in the batting cage, people fanning and pouring water all over my face. Happy Birthday to me and America.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild talks about the big sacrifices the military AND their families make to keep this country free.

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    LBT (military) OC: (Karen) …whenever we can. (Kimberly: “Yeah.”) :22
    “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, and not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.” (Kimberly: “Yeah.”)

    Audio / Luke Bryan recalls one of his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Luke Bryan (4th of July memories) OC: …we used to. :21
    “Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But, it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about their Fourth of July traditions.

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    Maddie & Tae (Fourth of July) OC: …it’s perfect. :29
    TAE: “One of my favorite Fourth of July traditions – I’d say it’s a tradition ‘cause it happens every year, but I’m not always able to make it – is that we go to my grandparents in Oklahoma, and we all line up lawn chairs right in front of their garage and we just light fireworks. We always do it far away and then we light it, and we always run back and watch the fireworks, but that’s probably one of my favorite memories.” MADDIE: “My birthday is July 7th, so I always get built-in fireworks for my birthday, and sometimes we actually celebrate it on the 4th, because there’s fireworks everywhere, so it’s perfect.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about what he and his family did over the Fourth of July holiday when he was growing up in Georgia.

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    Sam Hunt (Fourth of July) OC: …good time. :39
    “My granddad on the other side of my family, he would always take a lot of pride…fireworks were actually, I’m from Georgia, and most of them were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But he would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff, and coming back with a  big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30-45 minutes. Such a good time.”

    Audio / Travis Denning talks about the Fourth of July events his hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia would throw every year.

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    Travis Denning (Fourth of July) OC: …will love. :51
    “Fourth of July in Warner Robins, Georgia is an event. It’s something else. In fact, forever they’ve thrown an Independence Day concert, and back in the day, it was huge. It was the biggest thing they did all year. They would actually have the concert in the MAC (McConnell-Talbert Stadium), which was the high school football stadium that Warner Robins and Northside and Houston County shared. I mean, one year they had Wynonna play and then they had Josh Turner one year, Darius Rucker. I mean it was like a big deal, and there’d be 15,000, 20,000 people there, and I think it’s so cool that there’s a little bit of a legacy of people coming together in that town and making something happen, you know? I’ll never forget going to those shows and thinking, I was more proud of what the city had done. I was like, ‘That’s just so cool that they could put together a show like this, an event that everybody will love.”

     

  • KIP MOORE AND LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT GIVE ‘ONE VOICE’ TO ACM LIFTING LIVES.

    Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Brandon Lay were among the country stars taking part in the 2018 ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp this past week. The artists work with the campers who have Williams Syndrome, a developmental disability, to create music and enjoy a wide variety of musical activities.

    Kip, along with songwriters Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, led the songwriting workshop in which they penned a song called “One Voice” with the campers.

    On Monday, the campers recorded the song at Oceanway Studio with producer and co-writer Ross Copperman, along with Hillary Scott. “It was such an unbelievable thing to witness,” she says. “My heart is full.”

    Hillary adds, “I’m a huge proponent for music in everybody’s life in some way and just the power of it and just how healing it can be and what an outlet it can be, so when I got asked to be a part of this – and I actually think I may have invited myself to the party, I was just so excited just to see the impact that music makes. But it’s not just the music, it’s their hearts and what they’re bringing to it. And to see that they wrote this song with Ross and Kip Moore and Jon Nite and just getting in that creative space with them had to be just life-changing. It’s the power of music.”

    Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Kelsea Ballerini are among the artists who have previously participated in the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp.

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM AMPLIFIES TOP 15 AND CLIMBING SINGLE “HEART BREAK” WITH INNOVATIVE CONTENT VIDEOS FROM GENERO CREATIVE COMMUNITY.

    Lady Antebellum’s pulsating Top 15 and climbing single “Heart Break” tapped into the thousands of creators throughout the world in the Genero community as personalized videos were produced to highlight the title track of their No. One selling sixth studio album, HEART BREAK. The trio sifted through all submissions landing on grand prize winner GedMedia who earned $10,000 after parlaying the track’s independent-driven lyrics into a storyline of social media snapshots, becoming the multi-PLATINUM selling band’s official lyric video. Additionally the runner-up video produced by Brendan Huza shares distinct abstract visuals integrated by timeless and descriptive imagery into a standout message on the freedom of female empowerment.

    “With every submission you could just feel the passion and time that went into each video which made it extremely hard to narrow it down,” said Hillary Scott. “This was one of my favorite songs off the record that we collectively wrote and to see the effort it took to bring its lyrics to life makes us even more grateful to our fans.”

    To watch Lady A’s official lyric video for “Heart Break” produced by GedMedia click here: http://umgn.us/HBCreatorsEdit1

    Watch Brendan Huza runner-up “Heart Break” submission here: http://umgn.us/HBCreatorsEdit2

    Additional runner-up selections can be viewed on Lady A’s YouTube Play list here: https://bit.ly/2tpFRYT

    HEART BREAK  follows more than 18 million album units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awardsand Teen Choice Awards. The multi-PLATINUM trio will team with Darius Rucker this summer for their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR, kicking off July 19th. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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