Lady Antebellum Says They Reached "Common Ground" With Blues Singer Lady A After Name Change
Lady Antebellum listens and learns.
Just a few days after the country music group changed its name to Lady A, the trio - which included singers Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood - announced that they were having a "private discussion" with the blues singer of the same moniker had led.
"Today we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest and authentic discussions were held," wrote the country music band in an Instagram post on Monday along with a screenshot of the video call.
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"We are pleased to announce that we are driving positive solutions and commonalities. The pain is turning into hope. More will follow," they concluded their headline.
The trio's update comes five days after they announced their name change in an open letter to fans on Thursday, June 11th.
"As a band, we have tried to make our music a haven ... including everyone," it says on social media. "We have watched and listened more than ever in the past few weeks and our hearts have been moved by conviction. Our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequalities and prejudices. Black women and men have faced each other every day."
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"After a lot of personal consideration, band discussions, prayers and a lot of honest discussions with some of our closest black friends and colleagues," said the country music group, "they decided to drop the word 'antebellum'."
The trio explained how their band name came about. "As musicians, it reminded us of all the music that was born in the south and that influenced us ... Southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel and of course country," they said. "But we are sorry and ashamed to say that we have not taken into account the associations that stress this word in relation to the pre-civil war period, including slavery."
"It was never our heart's intention to cause pain, but it doesn't change the fact that it did," they said. "So we're talking today and changing. We hope you join us and join us."
"Countless more have to be taken," they continued. "We want to do better. We are determined to examine our individual and collective effects and make the necessary changes to practice anti-racism. We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations, and search the parts of our heart that need to be circumcised." grow up to better people, better neighbors. "
Shortly after the name of the country band was changed, blues singer Lady A spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I have been using it for over 20 years and I am proud of what I have done," said Lady A, whose real name is Anita White, of the publication. "That's too much right now. They are using the name because of an incident with Black Lives Matter that is only a moment in time for them. If it mattered, it would have been important to them beforehand."
She added, "George Floyd shouldn't have had to die to realize that her name was slave-related. It is an opportunity for her to pretend not to be racist or to pretend that it doesn't matter mean."
A representative from Lady Antebellum previously said, "The band was unaware of the other artist and plans to reach them," said Rolling Stone.
After the appearance of the Instagram post of the country music group, they immediately contacted the blues singer. As the trio said, "more will come".
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