- Lady Antebellum has announced they will change their name to Lady A due to the pre-Civil War connotations.
Amid the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial inequalities, Lady Antebellum has announced they would change their name to Lady A. The word “antebellum” has come to refer to the pre-Civil War period of the South when slavery was still happening.
In a statement, the band shared their motives to changing the name citing “much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues.”
Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley have worked under the name for 14 years which brought up the question of why now and what took long. “The answer is that we can make no excuses for our lateness to this realization,” they wrote. “What we can do is acknowledge it, turn from it and take action.”
The band explained the reason for the change:
“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.”
Read their full statement below.