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January 19

Hard work, despite fast stardom

by Kevin C. Johnson / (c) 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

It's easy to look at the quick success of Lady Antebellum and assume the popular country band made it to the top without paying its dues.

Co-vocalist Hillary Scott knows this.

"A lot of people might read into it that we didn't work for it," she says. "But that's not the case at all."

Lady Antebellum's breakthrough came from an unlikely place. The Nashville band was featured on adult-contemporary artist Jim Brickman's 2007 single "Never Alone" before the band even had a record deal.

"For him to believe in us and put our voices on a songsuch a beautiful songwe were honored," Scott says. "We had a song on the radio before we had a deal."

The group has been on a roll ever since.

"That pushed us to get better," Scott says.

Growing as a band

The group's early success allowed the band members to have more confidence when it came time to record their latest album.

"We were able to go in less nervous, more willing to take chances, stretch ourselves lyrically and musically, and go for more honesty in the songwriting. ... It's very personal for us. We write from our own experience."

Before Lady Antebellum's quick rise to fame, Scott says, the members were still getting comfortable with one another when recording their first album.

"We were getting to know each other and becoming better friends and stumbling our way through the first album."

Through all that, she says, their debut was representative of where they were at that time in their friendships.

"It was very green, but fresh-feeling," Scott says. "It has its place, and I'm proud of the album."

Lady Antebellum is already at work on a third album while on tour.

"We know this sounds cliche, but we want this show to be the show where everyone says, they were there."

 

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