One of the more popular acts in country music today is Lady Antebellum, a Nashville-based trio (naturally) composed of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott. There is a strong country pedigree in this band as Kelley is the brother of country/pop artist, Josh Kelley (Katherine Heigl’s husband), and Scott is the daughter of country singer, Linda Scott.
The winsome Hillary Scott is the driving force behind Lady Antebellum with her pleasing country vocal stylings. The lead singer, with the big, bright smile, has provided the soul for the group since its creation in 2006. As a junior in high school, Hillary appeared on stage with her mom, Linda, in the Opryland Christmas show. That experience convinced her that was the career path she wanted to follow.
After high school, Hillary tried all manner of ways to get her music career started. She tried to generate interest from record labels as a solo artist, but despite a good reception, she went unsigned. She even tried (TWICE) to go the route of “American Idol”, but did not make it to the preliminary audition round either time.
Fortunately, for Hillary, she was keeping her ear to the ground with other up and coming Nashville artists, which led her to connect with future bandmate, Kelley, after having followed his music through his MySpace page. They then just forces with Haywood to form Lady Antebellum.
After a year together, Lady Antebellum was able to get its debut single, “Love Don’t Live Here”, to achieve solid success. It entered to Billboard Hot Country songs chart in October 2007 and, by early 2008, it peaked at #3. That spring, they released their first full-length album, and it debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. During that time, they also did a song for the MTV ‘reality’ series “The Hills”.
This early success only grew exponentially in 2009. That year, they released their second album “Need You Now”. The title track from the album proved to be a major crossover success. Powered by Hillary’s passionate, breathy vocals, the song “Need You Now” made it all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hillary also helped power their next single, “I Run To You” to a #27 peak position on the Hot 100 charts. Lady Antebellum has continued to be a country success while Hillary has enjoyed wonderful success in her personal life. In 2012, she married Nashville drummer, Chris Tyrell (who is now Lady Antebellum’s drummer) and this past July she became a first time mother, giving birth to daughter to Eisele.
Hillary currently has two tattoos that have strong meaning to her. The first tattoo is the number 14 on her right wrist. It has a double meaning, according to Hillary. She says that it represents the age when she first decided she wanted to pursue music as a career and it also signifies the age difference between her and her younger sister, Rylee.
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