Lady Antebellum Get a European Surprise
Lady Antebellum are used to drawing thousands of screaming fans when they perform all over the United States. But the trio of talented musicians -- Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood -- were completely unprepared for what they experienced when they traveled overseas.
Playing in Switzerland for their first European gig, opening for Kenny Rogers, they expected to be an unknown act -- and were pleasantly surprised when they saw the entire audience singing along to every word! "That was an eye-opener," Charles tells CMA Close Up. "We don't have distribution over there, but through the Internet they found a way to either listen to the album or have it find it's way over to them, the physical CD. To know that your music can have that much reach is pretty wild."
Earning fans in the pop and mainstream world, thanks in part to their chart-topping hit 'Need You Now,' the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year say that instead of following their huge crossover success, they deliberately chose an entirely different path by releasing the pure country single, 'American Honey' as a follow-up. "We like to keep people on their toes and continue to try to show different sides of us with what singles we put out," Hillary explains. "It's pretty conscious that we don't want anything to sound like the one before it."
Getting ready to headline their first tour, after finishing performing opening act duties with Tim McGraw on his Southern Voice tour, the group hope to keep challenging themselves by thinking outside of the box. "You get to a place where you're not afraid to risk failing," Hilary notes. "You can't be afraid because you have to stay true to what your heart says and what you believe in and what you want to say."
The band can next be seen at the CMA Music Fest, where they will perform along with several other big acts, including Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Nominated for three CMT Music Awards, including Video of the Year, the trio will perform during the ceremony, which airs live on June 9 at 8:00 PM ET.