Country music’s Lady Antebellum changes name because of slavery association
LOS ANGELES: Country music group Lady Antebellum on Thursday modified its title to Lady A, saying it regretted its blindspot over the title’s affiliation with a time of slavery within the United States.
The trio, one of the crucial profitable in nation music, mentioned in an open letter that they took the title 14 years in the past after the Southern antebellum type residence the place they took their first photographs.
“But we’re regretful and embarrassed to say that we didn’t consider the associations that overwhelm this phrase referring to the interval of historical past earlier than the Civil War, which incorporates slavery. We are deeply sorry for the harm this has prompted and for anybody who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued,” the group added.
Antebellum is a time period used to explain tradition within the Southern United States earlier than the American Civil War when slavery was an accepted follow.
The group, shaped in Nashville in 2006 and greatest identified for hit information like Grammy-winner “Need You Now,” mentioned the change was made in response to mass protests over systemic racism within the United States spurred by the loss of life of African-American George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer.
“We’ve watched and listened greater than ever these previous few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened large to the injustices, inequality and biases black ladies and men have all the time confronted and proceed to face day-after-day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed,” the group added.
The determination follows the withdrawal from the HBO Max streaming platform this week of Oscar-winning Civil War film “Gone With the Wind” due to its depiction of racial prejudice at the moment.
Lady A is shaped by singer Hillary Scott from Tennessee, guitarist Charles Kelley from North Carolina and guitar and piano participant Dave Haywood from Georgia.