Lady A change name after realising historic connotations attached
Lady Antebellum have officially changed their name to Lady A after becoming aware to the historic attachment associated to their former moniker.
The group, made up of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, revealed the news in a social media post after discovering that while the name was picked with completely innocent intentions – being the place where they shot their first band photos – they were completely unaware that the place had links to slavery.
“As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all,” the trio said in a statement. We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day.
“Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed. After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.
“We are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery.
“We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that.
“We understand that many of you may ask the question ‘why have you not made this change until now?’ The answer to that we can make no excuse for our lateness to this realisation. What we can do is acknowledge it, turn from it and take action.”
The most recent Black Lives Matter movement, sparked following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, has – amongst other crucial things – exposed how much slavery is still referred to, be it via statues or place names.