Lady Antebellum, who recently changed their band name to Lady A in an effort to be more sensitive to the black lives matter protests, are settling a dispute with an African American blues artist of the same name.
Hillary Scott, of the new Lady A, shared a screen grab of a zoom call the band had with the original Lady A, informing us all that a conversation was had.
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“Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A,” she wrote in the post. ” Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come.”
No further details of the call were given.
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Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come. #LadyABluesSoulFunkGospelArtist #TheTruthIsLoud @ladya_bluesdiva @dexter_allen_entertainment @oliveriiijohn #Repost @ladya
The controversy came after Lady Antebellum shared a message on social media that they were taking the Antebellum out of their name and moving forward as Lady A, a nickname given to them by fans.
“After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word “antebellum” from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start,” the band said in part.
Following that announcement it was revealed that there already was an African American Blues singer named Lady A and she wasn’t happy about the band’s name change.
“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” Lady, whose real name is Anita White, told Rolling Stone. “This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before.”
“It’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them,” she adds. “If it did, they would’ve done some research. And I’m not happy about that. You found me on Spotify easily — why couldn’t they?” Lady A also shared that she was upset the band didn’t come to her before deciding on their new name.
From the smiles on all the participants faces in the zoom call, it appears that good things are on the horizon for Lady A and…well, Lady A.