Country Weekly — Congratulations go out to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, on the birth of their first child, son Cash Van Haywood.
According to the new mother’s Facebook page, young Cash was born September 7 at 5:39 p.m. weighing 7-lbs and measuring 19-inches long. He’s named after Kelli, whose maiden name is Cashiola, and Dave’s father, Van.
So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night, Mom and Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier!
Cash is the second baby born in the Lady Antebellum trio. On July 22, 2013, Hillary Scott and her husband, Chris Tyrell, welcomed Eisele Kaye to the family.
Should the trio’s Charles Kelley and his wife choose to have children and produce a son, we could be looking at a Lady legacy!
Yahoo — To fans of romance movies, a new big-screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel is nothing short of a major cultural moment. Today, Yahoo Movies offers an exclusive look at the trailer for the author’s latest cinematic offering, The Best of Me
The film stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as high-school sweethearts who return to their hometown for the funeral of a friend, 20 years after their break-up, and find that their affections still burn. Unfortunately, so, too, do the forces that destroyed their relationship decades earlier.
As befitting a movie from America’s bard of Love Overcoming All, the accompanying soundtrack features odes to romance from some of country music’s biggest names. The Best of Me album will feature songs by Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Colbie Caillat and the Eli Young Band.
In the trailer, fans can hear “I Did With You,” a special piece inspired by the film, and performed by the Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum.
The Best of Me opens nationwide on October 17th.
LadyAntebellum.Com — Lady A has tipped the charts with the white-hot single “Bartender,” taking the No. 1 spot this week! The track is the lead single off their upcoming fifth studio album 747, out Sept. 30.
“There are enough sad, sulking breakup songs out there already,” said Hillary Scott, “We went into this wanting to put a spin on it and take the approach that the only way to get over it is to get out on the town with your girls! It’s also insanely fun to perform, and the three of us have had a blast pumping up the tempo and going all out on it. It’s been a great lead single to set up 747!”
Lady A’s upcoming fifth studio album 747 follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, eight previous trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts, five Platinum singles and seven GRAMMY awards. The band is currently wrapping up their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which saw the group hit 80 cities in Canada and the US.
747 is now available for pre-order on iTunes!
Access Atlanta — While talking to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood last week about the band’s upcoming induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the easygoing musician also had a few things to say about a couple of impending births – his first child with wife Kell and Lady A’s new album, “747,” both due next month.
The band is touring until two days before Kelli’s due date, so Haywood is a tad apprehensive about the timing.
But otherwise, he said, “I feel like we’re prepared as far as getting ready for the house. I think we know on paper what we’re supposed to know.”
It’s a good thing that bandmate Hillary Scott brought daughter Eisele on the road for Lady A’s current tour because it gave Haywood the opportunity to attempt a very important task: Changing a diaper.
As for the other upcoming delivery — this one with a definite due date of Sept. 30 — Haywood said he loves “747” so much that he’s been wearing it out in his car.
For this sixth studio album, Lady A worked with a new producer, Nathan Chapman, best known for his work with Taylor Swift.
“He’s got an amazing knack for capturing a lot more energy than we’ve had in the past,” Haywood said. “I think we captured that big, infectious energy we have as a band. In the past we might have gone a little more mid-tempo, but this was an all-out record for us.”
Haywood cites recent hit “Bartender” as an example of the “high energy” material on the new record.
“We’ve got stuff that rocks even harder than ‘Bartender,’” he said. “We got back to being really inspired.”
Philly.Com — Country stars Lady Antebellum are set to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
The “Need You Now” hitmakers will be recognized in the performer category, alongside fellow honorees including rockers Wet Willie, songwriter Ed Roland, blues singer Francine Reed and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
Gospel star Wally Fowler will be inducted posthumously, 20 years after his death.
Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, who is a Georgia native, admits he is still coming to terms with the surprise news.
He says, “We’ve never been a part of something like this before. It’s pretty special hearing the words ‘Lady Antebellum’ and ‘hall of fame’ in the same sentence. We really feel honored to be included.”
The 36th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is due to take place in Atlanta on October 11.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) July 18, 2014
Rolling Stone — With their performance of upbeat new single “Bartender” a standout at last week’s CMT Music Awards, Lady Antebellum is focusing on more such up-tempo material for their upcoming fifth album. Singer Charles Kelley revealed backstage at the nightly CMA Music Festival press conferences that he and bandmates Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott are exploring their enthusiastic side.
“We’re definitely leaning heavy into a fun, in your face record this time,” Kelley told reporters, including the blog the Country Vibe. “I think for us, this is by far the most kind of fun, up-tempo record we’ve ever made. I think we always set out to do that and for some reason we’ve always kind of strayed off into the ballad/mid-tempo world, [but] we stuck to it with this album.”
Kelley said the trio is targeting a fall release, but that could shift based on the performance of “Bartender,” a rousing getting-over-an-ex anthem.
“I love this song because there’s something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy,” Scott has said previously. “There are those times in your life when you need to feel sorry for yourself and be sad, but this song is all about hitting the dance floor with your girlfriends and just forgetting him.”