Lady Antebellum Felt ‘Re-Inspired’ With Record Label Change

This is a new chapter for the GRAMMY-winning group.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Lady Antebellum Felt ‘Re-Inspired’ With Record Label Change
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After more than ten years, Lady Antebellum parted ways with their long-time label, Capitol Nashville, in the hopes of opening a new chapter with another record deal. The decision to sign with the Big Machine Label Group, which was announced on Sept. 4, was a difficult one, but one the group came all agreed on.

“I think we did six or seven records with [Capitol], so you know it was just time for our contract to be up,” the band’s Charles Kelley explains to Joshua “Bru” Brubaker of NashFM 93.1 in Detroit.

“We just felt some really new, excited energy from Big Machine,” he continues. “They had heard some of the songs we’d been writing and [we] just really felt like they had a fresh energy that would be fun. They’ve got some new ideas of where they think they can take this thing. So we felt just kinda re-inspired to work with them.”


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Their newfound inspiration with the eager record label will come into play with the album Lady Antebellum hopes to record.

I mean we’re definitely wanting to be a little bit more honest with our music and our lyrics and probably show a different side again, just musically,” says Charles. “It will probably sound a lot different than ‘You Look Good’ and ‘Bartender’ and a lot of that too—we’re probably gonna dig a little deeper on this project this time. We’ve been writing a ton. We’ve been going through a lot as a group and even in our personal lives, just growing in our families and growing as a band and we’re ready to kinda really throw it all out on a record.”

The band’s final release with Capitol came in 2017 with the debut of Heart Break. The project followed a hiatus in 2016, with each of the members pursing solo projects. During their tenure with their original label home, the group garnered seven GRAMMYs, six CMA Awards, seven ACM Awards and four American Music Awards. They also earned nine No.1 singles.