Lady Antebellum May Add Solo Songs Into Future Setlists
Hillary Scott is celebrating the release of her family's faith-based album, Love Remains, but she's also back on the road with Lady Antebellum, playing fairs and festivals. As she, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood wrap up their self-imposed hiatus, Scott says the trio hasn't started incorporating solo material into their live shows, but there's the potential to do so down the road.
"We’ve touched on it a little bit; Charles and I have spoken about it, just randomly. The three of us haven’t sat down formally and talked about it," Scott recently told The Boot and other reporters. "I think if it were to ever happen, the next major tour we do would make sense. These fairs and festivals are outdoors, like a campout, all high-energy kind of things, so it doesn’t really make sense -- "Thy Will" is not a light number -- but I think for the next tour, it would be awesome."
During Lady Antebellum's break, Kelley earned a Top 40 hit with "The Driver," the debut single and title track of his solo album. Since he sang the song with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, Scott is plotting how to incorporate the collaborative piece into Lady A's live shows.
"I think it would be another way to show more layers of who we are to the fans and to everyone who comes to the show, but we’ve got a little while before that. I would love it, though," she shares. ""The Driver," it's like, ‘Oh, there’s three voices -- perfect, hey, there’s three of us!’ It would be great. And that song is so autobiographical to us and our lives. It would be really awesome to do that."
And thanks to the success of "Thy Will," Scott and her family's single, on Christian radio, the singer is open to considering more faith-based songs for Lady Antebellum.
"There are a lot of people out there who are so lost in the hustle and bustle of their own lives that they just need to wake up. Myself included. Ourselves included," says Scott. "And so, we take it on a song-by-song basis. It’s obviously a huge part of who I am, my faith, from a very, very early age, and so I gravitate towards songs like that, and so do the boys. Every song hits you differently, and that’s where being in a group, we’re always in a continual state of compromise and having honest conversations."
Scott, Kelley and Haywood will likely be having plenty of those honest conversations soon enough: Scott says they are beginning the process of creating their next album.
"We are in exploratory mode. We are having a blast," she reveals. "We’re writing; the fall is really what’s marked off for the bulk of the work, but we don’t know how to not work, so we’re writing. We’ve got a lot of dates on hold for writing appointments -- all together, some separate.
"We’re dabbling in the studio here and there, but nothing is really cemented in stone yet. We’re kind of exploring, and that’s what this whole experience was for: to give ourselves time to really go after our own individual things and then come back and have no real rush of a deadline for new music," Scott adds. "We’ve got some good stuff in the works. I’m excited. I’m very, very happy."
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