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Lady Antebellum Wanted to “Turn Back Where They Started As A Band” When Making New Album ‘Oceans’

“What If I Never Get Over You” was Lady A’s first single to top the charts since “Bartender” in 2014.

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry - (Back Row L-R): Laura Veltz (BMI/Big Machine Music), Jon Green (SESAC/Universal Music Group), Ryan Hurd (BMI/Universal Music Group), producer Dann Huff and Sam Ellis (ASCAP/Universal Music Group) - (Front Row L-R): Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood

Lady Antebellum celebrated their 10th No. 1 single for “What If I Never Get Over You” on Monday (February 3) in Nashville and it was definitely an afternoon to remember.

Hosted by ASCAP, BMI and SESAC at Nashville’s Analog in the Hutton Hotel, the trio was joined onstage by songwriters Sam Ellis (ASCAP/Universal Music Group), Ryan Hurd (BMI/Universal Music Group), Jon Green (SESAC/Universal Music Group), Laura Veltz (BMI/Big Machine Music) and producer Dann Huff, as they were surrounded by friends and family alike who have rallied behind the trio over the course of their decade-plus career.

As the celebration warrants a pivotal moment in the band’s career, Lady A performed a special rendition of the track alongside its hit writers.

Photo Credit: Sean O’Halloran

“What If I Never Get Over You” was Lady A’s first single to top the charts since “Bartender” in 2014, and serves as the lead single from the trio’s No. One selling album OCEAN and their first No. One under BMLG Records as well as Ellis’ and Green’s first chart-topper.

The band admits they struggled to find music that spoke to them and connect as a group during this gap.

“With [Oceans], we wanted to turn back to where we started as a band,” Hilary Scott told Celeb Secrets Country.

And that is exactly what this single helped them do.

“[What If I Never Get Over You] felt like the continuation of the ‘Need You Now’ story ten years later.  It felt like us,” shared Charles Kelley.

Dave Haywood added, “We were making music we believed in again.”

Lady A signed with Big Machine Label Group in 2018 after parting ways with Capitol Records Nashville.  The switch encouraged the band to approach their music with a fresh perspective and get over a creative slump.

“There are seasons of life where you go through hard times — no matter if its personal, career, whatever –where the people around you just have to hope for you because you have a hard time finding [hope] yourself.“ Scott said.

“There were some definite moments of other people looking and saying, ‘This is special. Remember this.’ It’s so beautiful how our team and our family rallied around us through that and hoped for us.”

OMG: Hillary Scott Had to Leave the Room During Recording ‘Ocean’


Written by Dara Goldman

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