Standing tall – and on top!

By admin
18 February 2011

It wasn’t supposed to be their night at the Grammys – critics predicted top honours would go to Eminem. After all, he was up for 10 awards including the two big ones: record of the year and song of the year.

But he took home only two trophies. Setting the Los Angeles night alight was Lady Antebellum, a country band whose feel-good ballads couldn’t be less like Eminem’s rap offerings about violent and obsessive love.

Lady Antebellum’s album Need You Now was named best country album and record of the year.

Their single of the same name was heralded song of the year and the trio of Nashville, Tennessee, also won best country performance by a duo or group and best country song.

Lady Antebellum has managed to do what Taylor Swift did before them: produce music with huge crossover appeal.

Hillary Scott’s pitch-perfect voice mixed with Charles Kelley’s smooth harmonising and Dave Haywood’s skills on the guitar, piano and mandolin have produced a sound fans adore.

They describe themselves as the tallest group in music: Charles is 1,98 metres, Dave 1,87 metres and Hillary 1,75 metres (1,85 m in heels!).

Lady Antebellum was founded in 2006 and performed in clubs around Nashville before being invited to sing on country singer Jim Brickman’s song Never Alone. They landed a contract with Capitol Records shortly afterwards.

‘‘We were lucky enough to have the right people come and see us early on. It’s all about the right place, the right time,’’ Charles says.

‘‘Antebellum’’ means ‘‘before the war’’ and in the USA refers specifically to a period before the American Civil War, and more particularly to a style of period architecture in the South.

Read the full article in YOU, 24 February 2011.

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