Country group Lady Antebellum is shortening their name to Lady A.
Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood released a statement on their Facebook page announcing the name change and saying when they formed the band, they didn’t take into account the word “antebellum” was a pre-Civil War slavery reference.
“When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern “antebellum” style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…Southern Rock, Blues, R&B, Gospel and of course Country. But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us,” they wrote.
“After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word “antebellum” from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start, they added.”
The group is best known for their hits “Need You Now” and “I Run to You.”