Planes, trains and automobiles. Lady Antebellum has spent plenty of time in all three. Driven by the need to continually evolve, the country trio always seems to be in transit, pushing toward a newer, bolder sound one minute and hitting the road for a worldwide tour the next. Sometimes, those two things happen at once. With 747, Lady Antebellum’s fifth album, the band captures the speed and spirit of its critically-acclaimed live show in 11 new songs. Bandmates Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood may have formed the group in Nashville, with all three singers harmonizing for the first time around Haywood’s piano, but they earned their stripes on the road. That’s where Lady Antebellum truly came alive, mixing the rootsy stomp of forward-thinking Country music with the swooning, sweeping sound of three voices that were born to mesh. As the shows got bigger, so did the band’s ambition. Written during the 2014 Take Me Downtown Tour, 747 — whose title rustles up the image of a fast-moving plane bound for bigger, better places — doubles as a metaphor for the group itself. After spending years at the top of the Country charts, Lady Antebellum is ready to pull up the wheels and climb even higher. “We started discovering more of an ‘in your face’ sound that we’d never explored before, so we began writing towards that mentality,” says Kelley, who remembers walking into a dance bar after a Lady Antebellum concert and feeling the need to compose faster, fiercer songs that could live in that environment. The first step toward making that transformation was relying less on the band’s history with mid-tempo ballads — although two softer songs, “One Great Mystery” and the nostalgic, nocturnal “Damn You Seventeen,” did make the final tracklist for 747 — and focusing on more explosive material. Kelley, Scott and Haywood invited some of their favorite songwriters to join them on the road, too, resulting in a series of late-night writing sessions on the band’s tour bus, with everyone traveling together from one sold-out show to the next. “Being on the road and writing new songs, we found ourselves wanting more of that high energy material,” Haywood remembers. “We came up with songs like ‘Bartender’ and ‘Long Stretch of Love,’ with that big feeling that really hits you hard in an arena.” During gaps in the band’s busy touring schedule, Lady Antebellum returned to Nashville and recorded the new songs with Grammy-winning producer Nathan Chapman. It was one of the group’s first times working with anyone besides Paul Worley, who’d played a monumental role in Lady Antebellum’s career by co-producing multi-platinum hits like “Need You Now,” “Just a Kiss” and “I Run to You.” The band became a chart-topping, Grammy-winning juggernaut under Worley’s wing… but even the biggest groups need to reach outside their comfort zone. “It’s different when you walk into a different studio and talk to a different producer,” Kelley says of the band’s transition. “Something different comes out, naturally. One thing with Nathan is he works really fast, and he works all hours.” As a result, Lady Antebellum finished an entire record in a short, inspired period of time. Chapman pushed the three singers to deliver their best performances up front, often recording a song’s vocal tracks in just four or five takes. He also stretched the boundaries of Lady A’s sound by introducing some subtle digital touches, like loops and computer programming. When the group considered scrapping one song, “Sounded Good at the Time,” after falling out of love with its opening guitar riff, Chapman broke the riff into smaller segments and reversed them, creating a new hook that pushed the song forward without abandoning its organic roots. “Bartender,” 747‘s first single, is another game-changer. Driven forward by banjo, percussion and an insatiable chorus, the song finds Scott thinking back to her days as a single woman, when a double shot of whiskey could wash away the memory of a no-good ex. “I thought it was such a great curveball to put out first,” she says. “I’m a mom, and I love that role more than anything, but I’m also a woman who lived a lot before she was a mom. ‘Bartender’ has allowed me to get outside of my new role, and it’s so fun to perform. To watch how well it’s done in such a short amount of time, it’s just continued proof that our fans want fun from us.” “It’s just a good, fun song,” added Kelley. “We have to remember, as a band, that not all our singles have to be these ‘big statement’ songs like ‘Hello World’ or ‘Need You Now.’ Sometimes, they can just be about looking for a good time. ‘Bartender’ and ‘Downtown’ kind of prove that to us, that we’ve gotta let our hair down a little bit on these records. Then, when you do hear a song on this record like ‘Lie With Me’ or ‘One Great Mystery,’ hopefully it will mean a lot more.” Scott has high hopes for “Lie With Me,” a stirring duet written by Marc Beeson and Abe Stoklasa. She trades verses with Kelley during the song, which spins the tale of two estranged lovers who agree to spend one final night together, even though they know the flame has died out. “One of our favorite songs in the entire world is ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt,” she says. “It’s a perfect song that is incomparable. It puts you in this place and exudes this mood. I just listen to that song and I close my eyes and I see a movie in my head. [“Lie With Me”] did the same thing for me, in a different way. You’re listening to the lyrics and you can close your eyes and just see this whole scene play out.” It’s appropriate that 747 — an album about love, nostalgia, and the things that move us emotionally and physically — also contains several fast-paced anthems about transit. The first is “Long Stretch of Love,” an epic track that owes as much to rock ‘n’ roll’s raw swagger as Country’s rootsy twang. The last is “747,” a soaring title track built around the singers’ three-part harmonies. “This 747 can’t go fast enough,” goes the latter tune’s refrain, and while those lyrics technically refer to a heartsick man who’s flying back home to see his wife, they also paint the picture of a band that’s already skyrocketed to creative heights… but can’t help pushing down the throttle for a bit more speed. “We put so much energy into every single vocal performance and every aspect of recording,” Scott says of the album, which arrives less a year after the deluxe release of Golden, “and that’s what we want people to hear. That electricity. The electricity of new relationships, of new music, of new ways of recording.” “747 is a snapshot of where we are as a band,” adds Kelley. “It’s us wanting to solidify our place — to stay at the top of our game, for lack of a better way of saying it. You know, when you start playing these arenas and these amphitheaters, and the fans are gravitating toward this music, it’s a drug. You want it. You want to stay there. As a band, we’re ready.”
Hillary Scott, one-third of the multi-Platinum selling and GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum, wowed fans with a multi-sellout debut of her exclusive fashion collection, “LaBellum,” for entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN. Within her two-hour visit last Thursday (4/20), Scott manifested six sell outs during the primetime hours on The List with Colleen Lopez. As Scott returned on Friday (4/21), she instantly sold-out the Lace Up Blouse and Faux Suede Vest, causing her two hour visit to end over twenty minutes early. Launched as part of the retailer’s Music City: Nashville event, other top performing items of the “LaBellum” fashion line, include the Lace Duster with Tassel Trim, Crossbody Beaded Bag, Allover Hand Beaded Tunic, Beaded Canvas Jacket, Layered Lace Tunic Tank and Boho Peasant Blouse.
“I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience with HSN and their audience after making the debut of ‘LaBellum,’” said Hillary Scott. “I was so excited that we sold out one piece, but to keep hearing that piece after piece was sold out just completely blew me away!”
“We are so proud of Hillary’s debut success across all platforms at HSN,” said Carmen Bauza, Chief Merchandising Officer for HSN. “Her beautiful and effortless Nashville-inspired designs truly resonated with our customers. We look forward to sharing her new collection in July.”
LaBellum launched exclusively on HSN.com earlier this month, as part of the retailer’s month-long Music City: Nashville event; a celebration of Nashville and the artists and designers that define the city’s unique culture and vibrant spirit. Having touched fans across the globe with her music, Scott’s bohemian chic collection was inspired by women of every walk of life and is intended to make all women feel confident with their everyday wardrobe. The 22 piece collection is composed of fringe wraps, peasant tops, denim, studded moto jackets, faux suede vests, lace tops, and accessories, including a belt and cross body. Scott will return to HSN in July with a new collection. For more information, visit www.HSN.com (keywords: Hillary Scott).
About Hillary Scott:
Nine-time time GRAMMY award-winner and one-third of superstar group Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott has more than 18 million unit sales worldwide while earning ten No. One hits, countless awards including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row. Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-PLATINUM trio together, Lady Antebellum continues to climb the Country radio charts with “You Look Good,” as it serves as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9th. In addition to co-writing chart-topping Lady A hits, including the 6x PLATINUM hit “Need You Now,” Scott has also written for artists such as Blake Shelton and Sara Evan’s No. One hit, “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her spirited release from Hillary Scott & The Scott Family claimed the top spot atop the Billboard Christian Albums chart with their debut album LOVE REMAINS, which garnered a GRAMMY-winning “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” and an award for its chart-topping single “Thy Will” for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.” Lady Antebellum recently announced plans for more than 65 shows in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by NABISCO launching May 26 in Bakersfield, CA. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott appeared on HSN (Home Shopping Network) to promote her new clothing line, LaBellum. The collection, which was launched earlier this month, can be purchased exclusively at HSN.com.
While appearing on the network, Hillary’s three-year-old daughter, Eisele Kaye, came out and immediately asked for a “real microphone.” She then started singing the song, “Hit the Road, Jack,” and stole the show with mom, dad Chris Tyrell (who is also Lady A’s drummer) and the show’s host watching.
Lady Antebellum takes fans behind-the-scenes of their performance on this year’s ACM Awards of the band’s latest single, “You Look Good.”