In the face of ongoing protests against racial injustices all over the world, Lady Antebellum has decided to change their name to Lady A.
The multi-awarded country trio has written a letter to their fans on social media, announcing the news. This announcement came amid the ongoing protests over the murder of George Floyd.
“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,” said the band in the letter. They added that ‘Lady A’ is the nickname their fans have used for them since the beginning.
“When we set out as a band almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern “antebellum” style home where we took our first photos together. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us…Rock, Blues, Gospel, Jazz and of course Country.”
The Nashville band had previously been criticized for their former name, which, according to critics, could be attributed to romanticized ideas of slavery. Antebellum is a term generally used to refer to the Antebellum South, pre-civil war.
“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.”
Lady A, which is composed of musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley, promise that this only marks one step, as “there are countless more that need to be taken.”
“We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations and search the parts of our hearts that need pruning—to grow into better humans, better neighbors.”
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