Creativity and camaraderie are the foundation of Lady Antebellum’s groundbreaking success in country music. Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood’s commitment to writing and recording stellar songs, and their genuine respect and affection for one other, have catapulted the talented trio from hopeful Nashville newcomers to international superstars with more than a decade of hits in their arsenal.
Each member brings considerable songwriting skills, vocal ability and musicianship to the group. Hillary grew up in and around the Nashville music industry, as her mom is Grammy-winning vocalist Linda Davis. Charles is an Augusta, Georgia, native who spent time working in construction with his brother, singer Josh Kelley, in North Carolina before moving to Nashville to pursue his musical dreams. He recruited his talented friend Dave to join him in Music City in 2006. The two pals were out on the town one night listening to music when they met Hillary at a Nashville bar. She recognized Charles from his MySpace page and struck up a conversation. The guys invited Hillary to write songs with them, and Lady Antebellum was born.
The trio signed with Capitol Records Nashville and released their debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” in October 2007. The song peaked at No. 3 on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs chart the following year and the Lady Antebellum juggernaut was underway. They began earning kudos for their energetic live show when they opened for Martina McBride on her 2008 “Wake Up Laughing Tour.” The trio’s third single, “I Run To You,” became their first No.1 hit in July 2009, and a few short months later their debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than one million copies.
Their sophomore album, “Need You Now,” proved their initial success was no fluke. The title track became a game changer that propelled the trio’s career into the stratosphere. “Need You Now” won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It was the first country song to win both awards since the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” claimed both honors in 2006. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 on the country chart and also became a crossover pop hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Since then, the trio has continued to be one of country music’s most acclaimed groups, winning numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards, embarking on sold-out tours and populating country radio with such memorable hits as “We Owned the Night,” “Just a Kiss,” “Downtown,” “Bartender” and “You Look Good.”
After taking a short hiatus to pursue solo projects and spend time with their spouses and children, the trio got back to their songwriting roots to craft material for their 2017 return, “Heart Break.” They spent time writing songs in Florida and California, focusing on their craft and time together just as they did in the early days before their lives became so busy. Their approach worked. The album was nominated for a Grammy and has spawned the hits “You Look Good” and “Heart Break.” In the summer of 2018, Lady Antebellum is slated to co-headline the “Summer Plays On Tour” with Darius Rucker.
Away from the spotlight, Hillary, Charles and Dave enjoy spending time with their growing families. Hillary and her husband, Lady Antebellum drummer Chris Tyrrell, have three daughters, including twins born on Jan. 29, 2018. In December 2017, Dave and his wife Kelli welcomed their second child when Lillie Renee Haywood joined big brother Cash Van Haywood. Charles and his wife, Cassie, welcomed their son Ward Charles Kelley in February 2016.