Family is an important thing to Lady
It’s the one thing that shines brightly during a 20-minute
conversation that is ostensibly to promote an upcoming concert for the
country artist’s band Lady Antebellum — the role that family has
played in her life, in her creativity, in her spirituality, especially
And that’s all of her families.
There’s one she has with her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, and
the daughter they have together; there’s the Scott family, which
is also the Scott Family, a group featuring her mother Linda
Davis, her father Lang and her sister Rylee, who have
just recorded the album Love Remains, which released July 29; and
there is, of course, Lady Antebellum, the chart-topping country trio
that she has been a part of for the past decade, along with Dave
Haywood and Charles Kelley.
Hillary with Lady Antebellum
“You know, both Lady A and the Scott Family they’re a dynamic,
it’s a real thing,” the Nashville native Scott says. “You’ve got the
family dynamic of nobody has known me longer than my mom, dad and little
sister, and then with the boys, it’s like they’re my brothers, really.
“And I kind of consider both of them family projects. It’s just neither
one of the boys can look at me and go, ‘I changed your diapers, you
better not smart off to me,’ like my mom and dad can.”
She sticks with the other two members of Lady A for another 30 or 40
years that might change.
She laughs. “Probably.”
Well, that particular family is one that has been reconnecting with for a
group of shows this summer after a hiatus which followed the promotional
cycle of 2014’s studio release 747 and fall tour last year.
During that time, Scott says that the three “lived a lot of life,” which
included Kelley recording a solo album The Driver, which was
released earlier this year, and Haywood spending time with his own
family, including a new baby boy.
Scott’s time away, was a somewhat tragic mix of the two.
The plan was for her to record with her blood family, an album of
faith-based songs that had been important in their lives, be they
traditional or contemporary tunes.
And then, well, that plan changed dramatically when she suffered
a miscarriage, which devastated her, had her questioning her beliefs and
inspired her to write the song "Thy Will," which would become the
centrepiece for Love Remains.
"Thy Will" reached #1 on Billboard's Contemporary
Christian music charts. The followup single, "Still," has also
made the charts.
“When I started dealing with a lot and feeling like I had something to
say, that song just truly poured out,” she says of the moving, quite
beautiful ballad that encapsulates the doubt she was feeling.
“I think that there are a lot of people who have been through something
in their own life that has made them feel this way and made them ask
these same questions.
“It was just this deep sense of there are people, whether it’s one or a
million, that needs to hear this message and this song, and feel like
they aren’t alone in their emotions and in their questions and,
sometimes just anger at things that happen in your life …
“So it just became a bigger mission.”
Hillary Scott's Video for
the #1 CCM Song,
That mission, though, was something she chose to be vague about
when the song was released this past April as a single, noting only that it
was inspired by a personal heartbreaking experience. Scott wanted people to
hear it first without imposing her story on it, wanted to wait and let
people connect with it in their own way, before finally revealing what that
heartbreak specifically was — something she thought was as important as the
“It’s a tragedy. It’s grief, it’s pain, it’s going through a loss
and, as women, a lot of times we’re like, ‘Well, we’ll just internalize it,
we can handle it, we can move on,’ and they just live with this silent
grief,” she says, explaining how common an experience it is.
“I had to quash that because I think there’s such importance in
naming something that is going to change you, that has changed you, that
there’s no way it wouldn’t change you, and I think there’s so much power in
actually saying that out loud and that other people need to feel like they
“So that was really the heart of it. It wasn’t me wanting to shake my
fingers at people who don’t know how to walk through a hard time with
someone they love. It’s more just giving the woman who’s gone through it,
and the spouse because there’s grief there for them, permission to feel like
they have a voice.”
Already she says the support she’s received for the song has been
amazing, and feedback from the fans has been “overwhelming.”
“It’s just been very emotional. But I feel closer to the fans that I’ve
been able to make as a part of Lady A, I’m making new ones, which is
awesome, and I’m just so much more tied to them in a very heart-led way,”
“And there’s a healing that comes in that, there’s so much power when
human beings unite together to get through something difficult, whatever it
may be, in all of our own individual lives. It’s just been life-changing, it
Scott hopes that fans connect with the rest of Love Remains
in a similar way. The rest of the 13-song collection features a couple more
originals, as well as other gospel, contemporary Christian and faith-based
country and bluegrass songs the Scott family had bonded with over the years.
Helping bring it all together and have it make sense was country music
legend Ricky Skaggs, whom Scott gives a great deal of the credit to.
“He nailed this record. And he poured his whole heart and soul into it.
Just being able to be around him, his creative musical genius, but also just
his heart and the person he is, I feel like he’s now a part of our family
…,” she says, returning to the theme.
“It was just an emotional experience, the whole thing, and it’s because
these songs are just, our hearts are wrapped up in them … And it was just
such a precious time. I truly feel like his studio and our time together,
his studio became a sanctuary, a safe haven, a place where we cried and
laughed and worshipped and grew and were challenged. It was just amazing.”
Unfortunately, plans to take that amazing experience on the road
for a full Scott Family run of dates are on hold and could prove to be
difficult due to logistics. Scott notes that right now, her mom is actually
out on Kenny Rogers’ extensive farewell tour, but “nothing would make
us happier to be able to tour together and bring these songs to life.”
For her part, she’s already back in the Lady A family fold, which she
laughingly describes as being “like a nice cosy blanket.”
Not only are they hitting the road for those aforementioned summer dates,
but they’ve already spent some time in the studio working with their go-to
producer Paul Worley, have been working on new material and are
merely just enjoying being in each other’s company again.
“We’re just having some fun,” she says. “We found and (have) written some
songs that we’re excited about. We’ve got a long way to go, and no
deadlines, no time frame. I think the fall, for sure, is set aside for us to
work on the record and write and continue to hone in on what we want to say
“But it’s definitely coming together and we’re having a blast.”
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