The group announced on Thursday that it will drop the word “Antebellum” from the name it has used since its formation in 2006 and goes to Lady A, a nickname it says fans have long used.
The group said in a statement that the change comes after realizing the word’s association with slavery.
“When we set out almost 14 years ago, we named our band the name of the southern house” Antebellum “where we took our first pictures. As musicians, we mentioned all the music that was born in the south that affected us … and the band said” Southern rock, blues, R&B, the Bible and of course The country. ”“ But we are sorry and embarrassed when we say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery. ”
The group of musicians Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelly added that they “deeply regret the harm this has caused and anyone who feels insecure, unseen or valued.”
They wrote, “He caused pain in the intention of our hearts, but it does not change the fact that he did exactly that.” “So we talk today and make a difference. We hope you dig and join us.”
The change comes after they wrote a period of “personal contemplation, group discussion, prayer, and many honest conversations with some of our closest friends and black colleagues.”
“We have watched and listened more than ever in the past few weeks, and our hearing was moved with conviction, and our eyes opened to the injustice, inequality and prejudice that black women and men faced and continued to confront every day.” They wrote. “Now, blind spots that we didn’t know existed were revealed.”
The group pledged that changing its name was just the first of many steps they would take in commitment to “practicing anti-racism.”
“We will continue to educate ourselves, have difficult conversations and research the parts of our hearts that need to be pruned – to grow into better human beings, and better neighbors,” they wrote. “Our next external step will be to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative through Ladyaid. Our prayer is that if we lead by example … with humility, love, compassion, and action … we can be better allies for those who suffer from unspoken talk and injustice, affecting our children and future generations.” .