Lady Antebellum Talks Channeling Their Early Days With New Album: 'We Wanted to Get Back That 2006 Feeling'
publish date: 2017-01-25
Since breaking onto the charts in 2007, Lady Antebellum has racked up some very impressive statistics -- over ten million albums sold, and over 20 appearances in the Top 40 of the Country Songs chart. However, member Charles Kelley said those gaudy numbers didn’t totally impress their new producer, busbee, who cut them no slack when working on their new album.
“I haven’t been pushed like that in the vocal booth in a long time,” Kelley said during a press event in Nashville. “We were sitting there, and I would say ‘This is how I sing the word ‘this.’ He would say ‘Yeah, but I want you to open your mouth.’ I did it something like ten times, and I was getting pissed. ‘This is me. You want me to sing? This is how I do it.’ But, sure enough, on the last try, I did it, and it was right. He just pushes you in the right ways. He fought us a lot lyrically, and never wanted us to settle on anything.”
The producer behind recent hits from Keith Urban and Maren Morris pushed Lady Antebellum in terms of song selection, as well, said Kelley. “We played him a lot of songs that we thought were hits. He said ‘Well, it’s a hit. But, is it a Lady Antebellum hit, or does it sound like something everybody else is doing? That’s not what people want to hear from you guys.’ He definitely was there to keep the cool, so to speak.”