Lady Antebellum rising in popularity

On Jan. 31, the Grammys put on an impressive show, with great performances by artists like Pink, Beyonce, Bon Jovi and The Black Eyed Peas.

Another band that performed that night was Lady Antebellum, a country group that has grown in popularity in recent months. The band has been together since 2006, but it’s only recently they have gaining major popularity.

Lady Antebellum formed in Nashville, Tenn., and consists of Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley on vocals and Dave Haywood on background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin. Haywood and Kelley were friends since middle school in Augusta, Ga., and started writing songs while attending the University of Georgia. In 2006, Scott introduced herself to Kelley after recognizing him from MySpace. From then on, the trio started making music together and in 2007, they were signed to Capitol Nashville.

The trio was featured on Jim Brickman’s single, "Never Alone," before recording their self-title debut album, which came out in April 2008. Their first single, "Love Don’t Live Here" reached number three on the Billboard Hot Country chart.

Their second single, "Lookin’ for a Good Time," peaked at number 11 in December 2008. In addition, in 2008, Lady Antebellum opened for Martina McBride’s "Waking up Laughing" Tour.

Their most recent album, "Need You Now," was released on Jan. 26 and has hit number one not only on the country charts but on the Billboard 200 chart as well. The first track, "Need You Now," has also hit number one on the country charts. The band performed this song at the Grammy’s as well as winning Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their single "I Run to You" off their first album.
With an earnest sound, and a mellow vibe, Lady Antebellum seems to be gaining in popularity now more than ever.

Their sincere voices tell stories in their songs, and there is never a bad time to hear them. The simplicity of their melodies are relaxing to the ear, even to those who don’t usually listen to country music.