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With a doctor on standby to aid pregnant singer Hillary Scott in case of emergency, country music superstar trio Lady Antebellum had the sold-out crowd at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights on their feet right from the opening strains of “Downtown” on Thursday night.
“How we doin’ tonight Michigan,” Scott shouted in the opening number.
Thursday’s show was one of the trio’s last before Scott takes a brief leave from the band as she is expecting to give birth to a daughter in July.
Joe Vicari of Luna-Hillside, the management group that runs Freedom Hill, said the band brought along an OBGYN to care for Scott in the last days of her pregnancy on the road.
Regardless of her noticeable growing stomach, Scott and fellow singers Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood gave stellar performances of all of their hits including a”Run to You,” “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” a stripped-down version of “Need You Now,” along with material from their latest album, “Golden,” and a couple of classic covers including Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women.”
Scott’s pregnancy was a topic in the crowd in the concourse prior to the show.
“Even though she’s pregnant, I think she’s still going to deliver — and I don’t mean the baby,” said Kimberly Smith of Clarkston. “She’s very good. I am very excited to see the band”
Lady Antebellum sat down with Yahoo Music on Rolling Stone for an interview, be sure to check out the article and videos on the site, by clicking here.
Lady Antebellum have been enjoying the spunkiest and sauciest hit of their career with the chart-topping single “Downtown,” even as the videos and promotional appearances for it feature Hillary Scott looking ever-so-more pregnant. As the band takes the stage for an exclusive Yahoo! Music performance, the average viewer might not notice Scott’s expectancy all that much, thanks to the miracles of slimming black.
Still, there is that moment when Scott pleads “I don’t know why you don’t take me downtown anymore” that you might imagine her partner’s response reasonably being, “Um, because your water might break?”
Even with the blessed event being just weeks away — Scott’s baby girl, her first, is due in late July — the trio haven’t lost a step, and if anything, have been compressing about six months’ worth of the usual album promotion into roughly half that time.
“I can probably speak for everybody on our team and say it’s easier to promote a record when someone’s not pregnant,” Scott says. “For sure!”
“Fewer naps in the middle of the day,” adds Dave Haywood. It’s not clear whether the guitarist is speaking for Scott or himself when it comes to increased narcolepsy, but…
“The pacing has definitely had to be different,” says Scott, in the course of promoting Golden, their fourth album. “I mean, we’ve traveled to the same places that we always do when we promote records. But there’s this crazy thing that happens when you’re pregnant. Like, when the baby says, ‘Mom, I’m tired,’ your body just stops and you just kind of start staring through people and not even meaning to. But it’s been good. I haven’t been sick, which has been really nice. Thankfully, my energy level has been high.”
Keeping the energy level up was assuredly a priority during the creation of Golden… if you’ll forgive the segue. The group admits wanting to change things up after 2011′s Own the Night, even though there could just as easily have been an if-it-ain’t-broke attitude, since that release did produce two successive No. 1 country singles (“Just a Kiss,” “We Owned the Night”) and a third that fell just one position shy of the top slot (“Dancin’ Away With My Heart”). But as great as those romantic duets sounded on the radio, the trio noticed some potholes going unfilled on the road.
“With the big ballads and mid-tempos, especially in our live show, there’s only so many ways you can perform them and it not start to look really repetitive, with Charles and I singing to each other,” says Scott.
Last night Lady Antebellum took the stage at LP Field to perform some of their biggest hits. They joined the likes of Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, and Hunter Hayes. They also stopped by the press room to chat about what the guys will do on their downtime and how Hillary feels about fans wanting to touch her bump:
When country music fans meet their favorite artists this week at the CMA Music Festival, they usually want to get their picture taken together, maybe give them a hug. For Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, who’s due to give birth to her first child next month, they sometimes get a little more personal.
They want to rub her belly.
Scott takes having hundreds of strangers’ hands on her in stride, though. “They’re so kind, honestly, just giving gifts, whether they’re cute stuffed animals for a daughter or onesies, little socks or keepsakes,” she said Friday night at LP Field, where the group performed as part of a lineup that also featured Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Randy Travis and Kip Moore. “It’s been really, really sweet.”
Bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Heywood plan to use the weeks after the new arrival to do some songwriter. “We’ve already been talking with our buddies — Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda (Lambert) — about getting on their tours and writing some with them,” Kelley says. “Then, when her little girl is old enough, I’m going to sign her to a record deal and make her a big ol’ star. And I’ve got exclusive rights.”
Hey guys, sorry for the wait. I was have some technical difficulties behind the scenes of the site, which is why these photos couldn’t be updated until now. Earlier this week the trio attended the CMT Music Awards, they didn’t walk the red carpet, but they did take the stage twice. Once to perform Wagon Wheel with Darius Rucker and a second time to perform Goodbye Town. The group also won Group Video Of The Year for Downtown. Be sure to check out all the photos!
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It looks like Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott is about to be part of a different traveling trio. Now that she’s having a baby, Scott and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, have decided that they will travel separately from Scott’s bandmates when they resume touring after the birth of the couple’s child.
“It will be a traveling road family,” Scott tells the Tennessean. “We’re already a family, and this is the first little addition.”
Though she admits she’s “kind of sad” about not traveling with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood anymore, the band members feel the changes that are coming will be positive. “It’s exciting to walk through life and grow closer with the people you also get to work with,” says Haywood. “It’s been fun to look at the chapters. Eight years ago when we first met [we were all] running around crazy and single and just trying to make music. Then, we start to get settled and tour a bunch and then it gets crazy, and now there’s an addition to the family.”
The trio are still touring to promote their recently-released third album, ‘Golden,’ which has already launched a No. 1 hit, ‘Downtown.’ The second single from the album is the current ‘Goodbye Town.’ The group will appear at the Taste of Country Music Festival later in June before knocking off so Scott can prepare for her baby, which is due in July. She plans to take “about as much time off as someone takes in a normal job” for maternity leave, after which the band will resume their schedule with baby on board.
“I feel like these moments have brought us closer together instead of driving us apart,” Haywood reflects. “It’s an honor to be able to be part of a group that’s like that.”
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