Exclusive Interview: Is Lady Antebellum Going ‘Pop’ With New Album?
[pullquote quote=”We just felt really strongly about ‘Own The Night’ and that philosophy of living in the moment and enjoying every part of the ride.” credit=”Hillary Scott (on reason for tour name)”]Lady Antebellum fans can rest assured, despite their cross over success, Hillary, Charles, and Dave are “a country artist first,” and their new album is no exception. CBS Radio’s Tim Roberts had a chance to talk with Lady Antebellum in anticipation of their 3rd album release Own The Night. After their first album (Lady Antebellum) went double platinum, and their second (Need You Now) went triple platinum, find out what is in store, their expectations, and get the ‘behind the scenes’ scoop from the GRAMMY award winning trio. Will we be seeing Lady A on our weekly prime time television line-up?
Roberts recalls, “seems like only yesterday I saw you playing in that little bar. . . “ and now [mp3com-artist]Lady Antebellum[/mp3com-artist], with 28 music awards under their belt, has been in the studio nearly non-stop since January working on Own The Night, to be released worldwide, tomorrow, September 13th.
Interesting to note that the trio started out with about 40 song choices, according to Hillary Scott, pared down to 20 or 25, and then recorded 15. Of those 15 songs, in keeping with the theme of the “owning the night,” 12 made the cut and 10 of the 12 songs were written or co-written by Lady Antebellum. The group explains that the project was a creative collaboration with people they have a lot of fun and get along with, noting their admiration for “visionary” producer Paul Worley, and lyrical genius Monty Powell.
How did they choose the theme of ‘Own The Night?’ According to Charles Kelley, “it felt like a cornerstone of the record, about specific moments in time, living in the moment, owning that night, so we titled our tour as the theme we wanted to capture.” Hillary adds, “we just felt really strongly about ‘own the night’ and that philosophy of living in the moment and enjoying every part of the ride, almost like a call to action for the fans buying tickets to our show.” She continues, “We want them to come to the show, escape from their everyday life, and ‘own the night’ and truly live in the moment.”
As we anticipate the album, Roberts had to “pop” the question (pun intended) about the country vs. pop genre. Expecting it to be a little on the pop side, Tim Roberts states, “It felt like this is a great country album.”
[pullquote quote=”Music is music and we try not to over think that stuff, we’re a country artist first.” credit=”Charles Kelley on Pop vs. Country”]Charles Kelley makes it very clear where their heart is, “Music is music and we try not to overthink that stuff, we’re a country artist first, and the fact that some of that crossover stuff happened, that was a little out of our control…we’re very excited about it, obviously and it’s brought more fans to our show. I just think where the genre is as a whole is that people are starting to realize what great music is in this genre, I think we are going to see a lot more of that happen just naturally.”
With the band’s talent at capturing the essence of the modern relationship in their music, we would assume one of two things. Either they purposely set out to do that in their writing, or they are that experienced at relationships. The still somewhat newly wedded Charles explains, “we all know what it’s like to fall in and out of love, and you have three different perspectives.” Dave adds that having both male and female songwriters allows for that perspective of both sides.
Of course, Hillary Scott’s recent engagement plays a big part in the single “Just A Kiss.” “That song (when we wrote it) was very representative of where I am in my life, just very very happy and recently engaged. No matter what age – the infancy of a relationship is very very fragile and we wanted to capture some of that restraint.” That restraint was captured precisely in the official music video.
When they aren’t spending time on tour or in the recording studio you may find Charles on the golf course or out riding a Harley, but you may be surprised to know that it appears Dave Haywood is the ‘social butterfly’ of the group, spending much of his free time getting out with friends, or managing to sneak in some tennis time. If you can catch him on the black diamond runs, you may spot him doing his favorite past time, snow skiing.
Hillary Scott on the other hand, admits she ‘hates jogging’ but as of late she is in the mindset of ‘bridal boot camp’ and loves to shop. Her favorite place to visit, as she did this past March is Haiti, where she loves to spend time doing mission work.
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Watch the music video for “Own The Night”