The Black Live Matter movement has spread beyond social injustice protests and outspoken celebrities. It has now entered the world of Country music.
Already known by the nickname Lady A to their fans, the Country music trio Lady Antebellum has announced that from this moment forward, they wil officially be known as Lady A.
Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott explained to fans, “as a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive to all. We’ve watched and listened more than ever these past few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed. The trio continued: “After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.”
The word Antebellum describes a pre-Civil War era southern plantation home.
The band continued by explaining their original decision to use the name; saying, “when we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the Southern ‘Antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the South that influenced us…Southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel and of course country. But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word…which includes slavery.”
Band members continued by saying, “we are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that. So today, we speak up and make a change. We hope you will dig in and join us.”
The trio concluded by saying, “we understand that many of you may ask the question ‘Why have you not made this change until now?’ The answer is that we can make no excuse for our lateness to this realization. What we can do is acknowledge it, turn from it and take action.”
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