Capitol Records Nashville recording artists Lady Antebellum
– Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott – will celebrate the release of their debut album on April 15. As part of the promotion surrounding the release of the trio's self-titled Lady Antebellum
– whose debut single, "Love Don't Live Here," just hit the Top Ten on the Country singles' chart – the band will be making a number of media appearances, kicking it all off with their first national television performance on "The Ellen Degeneres Show
" April 18.
In addition, they are scheduled to appear on CMT – including the "The CMT Music Awards" – GAC ("GAC Nights," "On The Streets"), the new syndicated talk show "Better TV," CNN Headline News, TV Guide Channel, "WGN Morning Show," and Nashville's "Tennessee Mornings."
Some early reviews have already hit the newsstands. Billboard
's review of Lady Antebellum opened with the bold statement: "Not only is this one of the best new-artist debuts in recent memory (think Dixie Chicks
in 1998), Lady Antebellum's self-titled set will go down as one of the year's best, period." The Detroit Free Press
said, "This is new country music: respectful of the past but unashamed of its modernity."
These above-sited print and television follow in the wake of some impressive media achievements already garnered by Lady Antebellum. iTunes chose "Love Don't Live Here" as their high profile mainpage "Single of the Week" for the week of March 25 - rare for a country artist. They were just recently nominated for the Academy of Country Music (ACM)'s "Top New Group" – their first major award nomination. The trio was named one of Billboard's "New Faces to watch in 2008" (the only country artist to make the list ), MSN Music's "Class of 2008" , The Boston Globe's "Eight to Watch in '08", Country Weekly's "Who's Hot in 2008" and Nashville Lifestyles' "the next BIG thing."
The trio's debut single "Love Don't Live Here" is currently #10 on Mediabase and #11 on R&R, two leading country music singles' charts. The band, just coming off Martina McBride
's Waking Up Laughing
tour, will hit the road again this spring opening for artists such as Kenny Chesney
, Taylor Swift
, Tim McGraw
and Carrie Underwood
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood originally came together in 2006 as songwriters, but soon – realizing their power as a trio – formed Lady Antebellum. Scott's sultry alto, Kelley's gritty tenor and multi-instrumentalist/ harmony vocalist Haywood's musical overview ignited a unique blend of harmonies reminiscent of classic country, a soulfulness of 1960s R&B, the heart-on-the-sleeve openness of 1970s singer-songwriters, all with a keen edge of contemporary country.