Since teaming up in 2006, Lady Antebellum has sold more than 18 million units while earning nine No. One hits on the Country radio charts. They have won seven GRAMMY awards (including both “Record” and “Song of the Year” for “Need You Now” in 2010), and they were first artists in the history of the CMA Awards to win Single of the Year in back-to-back years.
When it came time to update that sound for HEART BREAK, another key element was producer busbee, whose previous work with Lady A includes the No. One hit “Our Kind of Love,” and has recently collaborated with Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line “busbee pushed us into a really neat place and he’s such an integral part of this new chapter for us,” says Haywood.
“I think he sees part of us that we can’t see or maybe haven’t seen in a long time,” says Scott. “And he wasn’t afraid to call us on it, which was awesome.”
The group’s desire to shake things up was made evident by the album’s swaggering first single “You Look Good,” complete with a funky horn arrangement. “I’d been begging for horns on a song for years!” says Scott. “One of my favorite songs growing up was ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, and that feel transports you to another place. It was the perfect song to embody the excitement and fun that we had making this record.”
What’s evident is that coming back from their hiatus, the members of Lady Antebellum are fired up and ready to go, with a new sense of both their history and their possibilities. “I think we came back from the break with an appreciation for what we’ve built,” says Scott. “We’ve always been very thankful for our journey, but when you sacrifice so much time away from home, even the greatest things can start to feel like work. So I think we came back full of gratitude for one another and for the career that we’ve been so blessed to have.”
“With the solo projects, there was definitely a bit of insecurity, adds Kelley, “so you want to make sure that if you’re going to do it, it better say something. There’s something kind of naked about it, and we wanted to get back to that as a band—to have to get out there and prove yourself.”