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If you were scripting a country crossover hit in 2010, you'd likely dream up something just like the group's sophomore album: Take a photogenic coed group that writes its own stuff, divvy up the lead vocal duties and lather on the harmonies with a smattering of high-energy rockers among midtempo message songs and emotional ballads.
Lady Antebellum's solid critical reception has been bolstered by its songwriting bona fides: Group members helped write all but three of the new album's 11 songs, and Scott says they've already penned nearly another full album of new material.
With Need You Now scoring big from South Africa to Switzerland, Scott and her group mates are wrapping their heads around their growing international success in what she calls "an overwhelming and humbling" year.
"You can't really take in everything, and part of me is sad about that, because of all the opportunities we've had," she says. "But I also really appreciate the fact that we can't process it all, because that's when it starts going to your head."
Self-discipline has been crucial. Scott says key decisions like when to step up to headlining tour status have been "very careful," prompted by an awareness that "it can hurt you pretty severely from a career standpoint if you go too big too early."
A foundation of friendship
"More than anything, we grew as people," she says of the past two years. By the time the new album came along, "we knew each other a lot better, so the comfort level was there to not be afraid to expose deepest emotions. That only comes with friendship, and building the trust that comes with it. I don't understand how there are bands that can exist and function without that strong friendship as a foundation, especially when you write your own music."