Lady Antebellum Say Leaving Old Record Label for Big Machine Was a ‘Huge Jump of Faith’
Country trio Lady Antebellum announced in September that they would be leaving their longtime label home, Capitol Nashville, and inking a new deal with Big Machine Label Group. Given their longstanding relationship with Capitol -- the group signed with the label in 2007 and released six full-length studio albums, a Christmas album and two EPs -- the group's Hillary Scott admitted at a recent press event that the decision to seek such change wasn't one she and and her bandmates took lightly.
"We had the most incredible working relationship with Capitol Nashville. We accomplished so much, we did great business, but more than that, we were family, and we loved being a part of that family," Scott explains. "It was one of the hardest decisions we've ever made."
The trio decided to explore new horizons with BMLG not because there was anything wrong with their relationship with Capitol, but because they needed a change and fresh inspiration. "It was just a turning of the waves. It was a huge jump of faith," Scott continues.
"We feel refreshed and ready to create together from new perspectives and new ideas," she continues. "It's not because of Capitol. They were incredible. It's just that we needed that turning over of the page."
Adds bandmate Charles Kelley, "I feel like we've had moments in the past where we got through a tough time, but we really did have, for a moment there, a tough time. We have all these kids, all these responsibilities, all these changes. We were like, 'Gosh, man, how are we gonna accomplish everything we want to accomplish?'"
For Lady Antebellum, their new label deal brought the jumpstart they needed to refocus their energy towards what's next for their music, beginning with their 2019 Our Kind of Vegas residency.
"[We're] starting to feel all the excitement from Big Machine and Vegas, all the new opportunity coming," Kelley says. "And the feeling that, honestly, we found good writing again from a really honest place."
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