Plain and simple, Lady A is one of country music’s hottest bands. The musician trio Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood formed in 2006 and have been strong ever since. According to their site, the band has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and they’ve taken home the trophy five times thanks to some of their hits like “Need You Now” and “I Run to You.”
Over the years, the group has faced some adversity, most notably in 2020. Scott, Kelley and Haywood came under fire for their Lady Antebellum name after fearing it had racist roots amid the Black Lives Matter movement. per billboard. On June 11, 2020, the band shared a lengthy statement Twitter to express their remorse to anyone who was offended by the name, explaining that they were “regretful and embarrassed to say that we failed to take into account the associations to the period of pre-Civil War history, of which slavery is a part “.
They later 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 continue as Lady A, the nickname our fans have.” gave us almost from the start.” Two years later, the band faces another stubborn problem, but this time it’s not about a name change, it’s about a struggle faced by one of their members.
Charles Kelley needs some time to heal
Lady A shared some serious news with fans on August 4th. Following their highly anticipated fall tour, the band announced they were taking a step back from music and postponing the tour. “We’re a band, but more importantly… we’re a family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety,” the band wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. The trio shared that they must take this step to be “the healthiest, strongest, most creative band” they could be.
“It’s early on in this journey, but we’re committed to doing what best prepares us for many more years together,” they added. “We appreciate your patience.” The band also said they would provide updated information to ticket holders in the coming days. Most of Lady A and Kelley’s fans have left their congratulations in the comments. “We love you guys!! You got that Charles! Prayers have reached out to the whole Lady A family,” one fan wrote. ”Take care of yourself and your family FIRST! So proud of you all for supporting each other and of Charles for this dedication!” Another Instagrammer added. “We cheer you on.”
A few days before the announcement, Kelley took to Instagram to share artwork for her new song, titled “I Told You I Could Drink.” He noted in the caption that the caption read, “Ironic since I quit drinking haha.” We wish him the best!
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