Lady Antebellum Sing the Praises of Their Supportive Spouses
Lady Antebellum are planning a big 2017: The trio, made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, is releasing a brand-new album, Heart Break, and launching their You Look Good World Tour. They took most of 2016 off to enjoy a much-needed break and work on their own projects, then recorded half of their new album in Florida and California, before finishing it in Nashville. None of it, the three agree, would have been possible without the support of their spouses.
"It’s huge," says Kelley of the support of his wife Cassie, who took care of their young son, Ward, while Kelley was recording. "I mean, of course they were there half the time, in and out. But, the 2-in-the-morning wake-up feedings, I didn’t have to do … And, you know, you love it, and it’s the most beautiful thing in the world, but you can’t work in the studio until midnight [and then get up with a baby]."
Adds Scott, whose husband, Chris Tyrrell, plays in Lady A's band, "We’re all kind of in different places with our kids; Eisele’s three and a half. I’m so thankful, because there is nothing [Chris] won’t do: He holds down the house and our daughter, our dogs, the entire circus that lives at our house; he makes it look so easy. When they came out to LA ... we got to take Eisele to Disneyland -- which she calls 'Princessland,' because that’s what she was really focused on -- so we got to have some really good family time."
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Haywood, who produced several projects while Lady Antebellum took a break, is raising his 2-year-old son Cash with his wife Kelli, who works full-time in the music industry.
"Our spouses made a lot of big sacrifices for us to be out there," Haywood admits, joking, "Eisele was watching Cash most of the time; she’s a good babysitter.
"From Florida to LA to Nashville, I feel like there’s such a larger story to this record," Haywood adds, "to me, and to us and what we’ve gone through to get here."
Much has changed for Lady Antebellum since their eponymous debut album was released in 2008. At the time, all three members were single and childless, but now, with each of them having families of their own, life on the road looks entirely different.
"Before, we’d be drinking and playing ping-pong for hours," Kelley remembers. "It’s fun to have that home life [on the road]. Right before we go onstage, you’re bathing your baby and putting him down to bed, and then you have to flip that switch and, an hour later, jump onstage and try to be a rock star, and it's pretty weird."
Lady Antebellum will kick off their You Look Good World Tour on May 26 in Bakersfield, Calif. A list of all of their upcoming shows is available on their website.
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