Lady Antebellum‘s new album, 747, comes out this week featuring something most of this fall’s other major country releases don’t have — a female voice. In fact, Lady A’s Hillary Scott sings lead or duet vocals on most of the new album’s 11 tracks, including the lead single, “Bartender.”
It’s not that the group made 747 in response to combat the lack of women in country music. Hillary tells ABC News Radio , “It just kind of fell that way. I think a lot of songs that we cut that were outside songs weren’t originally duets, and then we made them into duets, which ‘Lie with Me’ was one of those, and then ‘Damn You Seventeen’ another one.”
While “Bartender” is a drinking song, it’s written and performed from the point of view of a woman. Hillary was especially glad to be the voice singing that song as it topped the country chart.
“It was at such a time where there was so few female songs on radio,” Hillary says. “So, having that female perspective is so important. That’s the majority of who is listening to our music on a daily basis driving in their car. You know, you have to have that voice, that perspective.”
Fans of Lady A’s other lead singer, Charles Kelley, will find plenty of vocals from him on 747, too. Lady Antebellum performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.
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