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.
Lady Antebellum formed in 2006. Co-lead singer Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, whose edgy lead vocals merge and weave with Hillary's velvet tone, decided to try writing together after a chance meeting at a Nashville music spot. Charles and his high school multi-instrumentalist friend and harmony singer cum co-writer Dave Haywood were living with Charles' brother Josh Kelley at the time.
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.
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. 2010) took the band to an even larger audience. To date the album has sold over five million copies worldwide, spawning three multi-week No. 1 hits ("Need You Now," "American Honey" and "Our Kind of Love"), and scored five Grammy Awards. It has also received over a dozen other award show trophies.
'Need You Now' introduced the world, outside North America, to Lady Antebellum. The single was a huge airplay hit around the globe, reaching the No. 1 spot in numerous markets and achieving Top 5 Airplay in 30 countries world-wide. The album has sold in excess of one million units outside the US, and 'Need You Now' remains in the airplay charts more than 18 months since release.
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*** Special Update ***
The LadyAID Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a philanthropic effort founded by members of Lady Antebellum - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott - to bring awareness to and generate support for the plight of children locally, nationally, and globally who cannot otherwise help themselves. The multi-level campaign will focus primarily on children's hospitals in the United States and Canada, and the overall betterment of children's lives around the world.
The myLIFEspeaks charity was chosen to be a part of LadyAID to raise awareness of and provide facilities for disabled orphans in Haiti. See how you can help these children alongside Hillary, Dave and Charles through a special newsfeed section built inside the app.
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