“There’ll be a point, I think, when kids get in the picture and that might be a little harder,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley said earlier this year, laughing about their travel arrangements. Their debut album wasn’t even on store shelves when Lady Antebellum got the call that they were nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group award. and they’re like little fish in a bowl grabbing the guitar pick. Dave: You know when you feed a fish and they get all . They were only on their first single when they won it.
Plus, we get the scoop on how the evolution of Lady Antebellum started with what you might call a musical pickup line. Charles: Dave and I are both from Augusta, Georgia, so we’ve known each other since middle school. We’re going to write an R&B song.’ We wrote whatever came out and it kind of came out of all our influences. Charles: [ Charles: Obviously the two of us, Hillary and I, trade off lead vocals equally. Hillary: And because he [Charles] looks likes Ryan Gosling, y’all could reenact ‘The Notebook’ every night on stage. I was home schooled — I watched school on video tape in the bus while my mom was touring, opening up for George Strait and Garth [Brooks].
We both moved to Nashville about three years ago, and then we ran into Hillary out at a Nashville spot. I know there are a lot of vocal groups out there where there is a lead singer and the rest harmonize, but we-we trade off equally on lead vocals, so I guess that’s kind of a unique thing. A lot of people we meet, we tower over, because Charles is 6’6″, Dave’s 6’2″ and I’m 5’9″ — 6’1″ in heels! Hillary: There’s a height requirement if you want to be the fourth member. Hillary: [ Dave: Carrie Underwood could come in, if she ever wants to kill the solo career. [ Dave: It was actually 7 in the morning on a Tuesday. And then my parents got a job touring with Reba [Mc Entire] for eight years.
Hillary: I actually ran across Charles’ My Space page a couple of months before I met him, and I just thought he was really great. Charles: I don’t know if Rachel Mc Adams is a singer, but if she’d like to join our group . We woke up to a text message about the ACM nomination. My mom and dad both sang background vocals for her, and so they were gone a lot, which was really difficult. They’re a big influence of ours, and I personally was freaked out and couldn’t go talk to them. It’s a lot better than being on the bus with eight girls.
Even with their almost instant success, Lady Antebellum — Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — sure don’t seem green. That was an amazing opportunity — there’s so much history there.
The fresh-faced 20-somethings stroll into our studios after a whirlwind media tour. I told him, ‘I think you’re really great, and I just wanted you to know that I’m a singer-songwriter from here in Nashville and just wanted to give you a compliment.’ Charles: And then we got together, started writing songs and ended up starting the group. Did you have any idea that you would end up forming a band? The very first day that Hillary came over, we were working on a song called ‘All We’d Ever Need.’ But we never even thought about it until we had written 5, 6, 7 songs. Just thinking of all the people who stood there before you and who you’re sharing the stage with.
As exhausted as they are, they have everything down to a science, from their flawless vocal choreography to finishing each other sentences in our interview. Then we played our first show, and we all enjoyed it so much. We listen to all kinds of styles of music — we never went in, when we started writing, to try to create a sound. Bill Anderson, a legend in country music, introduced us our first time on the Opry and then Vince Gill another time, who’s one of Charles’ biggest influences. They’re like, ‘What are you doing talking to that guy?
After their impressive Sessions performance (watch it here), The Boot talked to the three friends about everything from life on the road to celebrity crushes. And then I saw him out one night, walked up to him, and I go, “I know you from My Space! We felt like it was something a special and different. We never said, ‘Alright, we’re going to write a country song. Charles: I think we all don’t quite feel deserving of it, but we’ll certainly take it. It’s just a religious experience every time you go. Hillary: I wanted to do anything but be in the music business when I was really young, because I traveled with my parents for two years in kindergarten and first grade.
“Chris & I are excited to announce that our Christmas gift has arrived a little early this year! As for Baby Tyrell’s affect on the band’s touring plans, things may have to change, as currently all three bandmates ride on the same bus.
They adopted an adorable dog named Hobbs in August.