How Did Lady Antebellum Get Through Their ‘Really Hard’ Early Years?
Lady Antebellum struck platinum with their first album and they haven’t looked back, sending each of their first nine singles to the top 20 and selling more than five million albums in the U.S. since 2008. It’s a success story that plenty of bands would love to duplicate, to say the least.
But no matter how quickly they found their audience, or how tightly the trio might harmonize at the mic, things haven’t always been easy for Lady Antebellum behind the scenes. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that they had to call in a third party to help them communicate.
“The first two years were really hard,” admitted band member Charles Kelley during a recent ‘Access Hollywood’ interview. “It took us time to learn how to communicate with each other the best way and each of us receive it,” added Hillary Scott. “We actually — I don’t feel ashamed to say — actually had someone come and mediate a couple of times. I think it’s honestly a really smart way to work through things.”
“Because we agree on a lot of things — on most things — but on the things that we didn’t, it was figuring out how to work through those things,” explained Scott. “Time and a couple of sessions with that mediator, and we figured things out.”
Those sessions couldn’t have hurt the band gain some perspective on its runaway success or learn to take pride in its music, whether or not those impressive sales figures continue. Kelley certainly seems to have the right idea when it comes to the band’s new album, ‘Own the Night.’ “Whether we have that smash, the record is a collection of better, stronger songs, for me,” he told ‘Access Hollywood.’ “Only time will tell if the fans feel that way.”