Lady Antebellum have popped the cork on a brand new single, toasting the fizzy country fun of “Champagne Night.”
Inspiring an irresistible surge of happiness and featuring a message about living large — even when tuxedos get traded for jeans and longneck beers — the upbeat jam feels perfectly suited for a quarantined summer. It was written by the band with Shane McAnally and Madeline Merlo as part of NBC’s songwriting reality competition, Songland, and now marks the first track written for the show to get shipped to country radio.
“We had a blast bringing this song to life for our episode,” said the trio’s Hillary Scott. “We started the process of the song over the winter in a very different time and headspace. But now, with everything going on, it’s almost like that little dose of exactly what I need right now — a light and fun little reminder to enjoy the simpler moments.”
The band and McAnally broke the good news to Merlo during a surprise video chat, nearly blowing the aspiring artist’s mind in the same week she prepares to release new music. “I never even expected to make it on the show,” the Songland winner said, declaring her new status as the co-writer of Lady Antebellum’s latest single “so crazy.”
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I truly can’t believe I’m typing this right now. But @ladyantebellum has decided to make Champagne Night their new single at country radio 🥺🥺🥺 THIS is without a doubt one of the most incredible things to ever happen to me. THIS is the ultimate goal for any songwriter & im forever grateful to @nbcsongland & my coach @shanemcanally for making A DREAM come true ✨😭
“Champagne Night” follows the heartfelt ballad, “What I’m Leaving For,” a quiet reflection on those who have to leave their loved ones behind for work. Lady A returned to the top of the radio charts last year with the Gold-certified “What If I Never Get Over You.”