Hillary Scott Made Up for Lost Time While Recording ‘Love Remains’
Much like her Lady Antebellum bandmates, Hillary Scott used the award-winning trio's hiatus to work on other projects -- in her case, a faith-based album, Love Remains, due out in late July. Unlike Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, however, Scott teamed up with her family -- mom Linda Davis, dad Lang Scott and little sister Rylee -- and was thrilled to spend such quality time with her loved ones.
"You sacrifice your social time, your family time, your time with friends, when this is what you do," Scott shared with The Boot and other reporters, referencing her busy schedule with Lady A. "Your road family becomes your family and friends, and that’s beautiful in its own right as well, but [while working on this record], I got to make up for a lot of lost time, and that was really, really precious."
The Scott family worked with Ricky Skaggs as their producer -- but it took some cajoling from Scott herself. Skaggs had politely declined the offer when Scott's father asked, but Scott refused to take no for an answer.
"I just cold-called him, left him a voicemail and said, ‘Hey, I’d love to talk to you, give you my heart and my thoughts about what this is. All I see is you when I think about this record,'" Scott recounts. "So he called me back, and he said, ‘Well, I’m going to go pray about it,’ which, when Ricky Skaggs says that, he means it, more than anyone I know. A week or so go by, he calls me back, and he goes, ‘I don’t know why, but yes.’"
Scott adds that Skaggs became "not only the producer of this record, but he’s the pastor of this record."
"Every morning at the studio, he had an encouraging word, or he would open with a word of prayer," she recalls. "It turned into so much more than just a working relationship."
Love Remains began as something much smaller -- when Scott’s grandfather passed away in 2011, her family used faith and music to help them through the tough time and to comfort and thank their many friends and loved ones -- but while Scott was touring overseas with Lady A, she began to dream of something bigger.
"We basically sat down at lunch [one] day -- me, Charles, Dave and our manager -- and I told them what was in my heart to do," she remembers. "Come to find out, so was Charles; he was in a place of wanting to explore and creatively just stretch himself, and Dave in his own way, with producing other artists, and just honestly committing to time with his family. We all just hit that point, which I think is natural."
And although Scott worked on this new disc without Kelley and Haywood, she insists that she couldn't have done it without them.
"They’ve been so supportive," Scott notes. "Feeling like my brothers are behind me -- next to me really -- it’s given me such peace of mind ... They have my back, and we have each other’s back."
And, most importantly, the time Scott and her family spent together while working on Love Remains helped the artist create memories to fill the spots left by the big moments she's missed since the beginning of Lady Antebellum.
"There’s been a lot of really big moments that I’ve missed, for whatever reason," Scott admits, "and [my family] wouldn’t have wanted me anywhere else, but to be able to feel like we were making new memories and making up for lost time and healing together … It’s been an amazing gift to have that time with them."
Love Remains is set for release on July 29. Its first single, "Thy Will," is available for download on iTunes.
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