Soon key tastemakers began to believe in the group, including producer Paul Worley who has worked on all three Lady A albums.
By April 2007, a blink of an eye in music industry time, Capitol Nashville had signed Lady Antebellum to a record deal and the trio began to ascend toward the constellation of country music stars with powerful hits such as "Love Don't Live Here," and "I Run To You." The group's second album, Need You Now (released Jan. To date the album has sold over five million copies worldwide, spawning three multi-week No.
Late night songwriting sessions with the new trio soon became the genesis through which they discovered the remarkable emotional effect that was created when Charles and Hillary's vocals blended.
With Dave's harmony sounds and instrumental prowess added to that mix the three young musicians realized they might not just be writing songs for other people, but perhaps would get to perform them, too.
A Music Row "buzz" began to spread as the newly-formed trio started making appearances on local stages.
That's when we are the happiest, just sitting in a room together making music." "Maybe it's a self preservation kind of thing," agrees co-lead singer Hillary Scott.
"Especially on the road we have to work to nurture our relationship.
I write so much from about what is happening in my life and the people closest to me, so knowing my friends care about what is going on in my life outside of Lady A, makes me more likely pour it all out into a song." “Writing lets us chill and slow down a bit," says Charles Kelley whose edgy lead vocals merge and weave with Hillary’s velvet tone." Lady Antebellum formed in 2006.
Hillary and Charles decided to try writing together after a chance meeting at a Nashville music spot.
But the alchemy which forged this six time Grammy award winning trio extends beyond its signature vocal blend and heartfelt song-writing gifts.
With a self-titled double platinum debut album and triple platinum second effort—Need You Now—it's easy to applaud their amazing achievements, but equally significant is the underlying importance of the group's shared heartbeat.
"That's the core of our group, how we started," says Dave Haywood, harmony singer and multi-instrumentalist.
"What spawned our friendship was that special writing chemistry.