Take care of each other. Lady A announced they have postponed their upcoming tour amid band members Charles Kelly‘s “Journey to Sobriety”.
“Being out with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a tough but important decision,” the country music group wrote via Instagram on Thursday, Aug. 4. family again. We are proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety.”
The post continued, “To be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be now, with the support of our families and our team of professionals, Lady A will take the time to walk this through together. It’s early on in this journey, but we’re committed to doing what best prepares us for many more years together. We are grateful for your patience.”
The band Kelley, 40, is in Hillary Scott and David Haywood, noted that amid the unexpected change, they will be providing a “real-time” update on their tour. “We look forward to making 2023 our best year yet!” the statement concluded. “With love.”
The announcement comes less than two weeks before the trio were due to embark on Lady A’s Request Line Tour, which was set to begin August 13th. The run consisted of 21 dates, beginning in Nashville and ending in Indianapolis two months later. Before the update, Kelley was apparently hinting at his journey to getting sober.
“Fired for this one. Ironic since I quit drinking haha,” the lead singer wrote via Instagram on Monday, August 1, along with the promo for BRELAND’s upcoming track Told You I Could Drink.
The postponed tour comes two years after the band previously made headlines for their decision to change their name from Lady Antebellum to Lady A. It was then that the trio noted that they made the choice because of the word “antebellum” and its association with slavery.
“As a band, we have strived for our music to be a sanctuary… one that includes everyone. We have watched and listened more than ever in the past few weeks, and our hearts have been filled with conviction, our eyes wide open to the injustices, inequalities and prejudice that Black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now blind spots have been uncovered we didn’t even know existed,” wrote Scott, 36, Haywood, 40, and Kelley via Instagram in June 2020.
The statement added, “After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and much honest conversation with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname Ours.” Fans gave us almost from the start.”
For the Grammy winners, the change was “just a step” toward their goal to “examine our individual and collective influence and make the changes necessary to practice anti-racism.”
“We will continue to educate ourselves, have tough conversations and seek the parts of our hearts that need to be trimmed – to grow into better people and better neighbors,” the musicians concluded. “Our next outward step will be a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative through LadyAID. Our prayer is that as we lead by example…with humility, love, empathy and action…we can be better allies for those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustice while influencing our children and generations to come.”
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