Hillary Scott’s parents couldn’t get too upset when she dropped out of Middle Tennessee State University to take up a music career in Nashville — her mom did the same thing.
Hillary Scott’s parents couldn’t get too upset when she dropped out of Middle Tennessee State University to take up a music career in Nashville — her mom did the same thing. Scott, member of country trio Lady Antebellum, says could tell she was part of something special from the time she started playing with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
“My parents were both in music and I think when they saw us they could tell that there was something there,” she says.
They were right: Since the group formed in 2006 it’s been a whirlwind success. Their song “Love Don’t Live Here” was a top country hit, and they’ve played more than 200 shows in the last two years, including tours with the likes of Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift and Josh Turner. They also won an Academy of Country Music award for best new group.
Scott, who as a child toured with her mother, Linda Davis, who won a Grammy with Reba McEntire, says she’s gotten used to the life of a traveling musician — though her transition to musician has left her more likely to take the pleasures of the music business for granted than her band mates, who worked real jobs before the group formed.
“If ever the words 'I need a vacation’ come out of my mouth, they say 'Hillary, this is vacation,’ ” she said.
The group’s three-headed attack is a big part of the success, she thinks.
“I go to concerts all the time. I don’t mind going to see Keith Urban and hearing him sing for three hours, but when you’re hearing two different vocals it’s giving your ear a break,” she says.
The fact that one voice is male while the other is female helps too, she says, which is why so many big country hits are duets and why groups like Sugarland have found success.
“It makes for a more engaging show when you have a co-ed group,” she says. “We’re kind of flirting and just playing off each other.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11
Where: Queen Creek Center for the Performing Arts, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road
Information: (480) 987-7469 or www.qcpac.com