Lady A have today (12) shared their new single for Big Machine Label Group, “Like A Lady.” It arrives, appropriately, in the week of International Women’s Day 2021 and during Women’s History Month.
The feelgood message of female independence is a preview of what will be the country trio’s first album under the name Lady A. It’s the culmination of a full year of songwriting and will be the follow-to to Ocean, which hit No.2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart following its release in November 2019.
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood announced the new song in a social media post last week, along with a short audio preview. Scott co-wrote it with Dave Barnes, Michelle Buzz, Martin Johnson, and Brandon Paddock, and it was produced by Dann Huff. Hillary leads the band with vocal abandon, celebrating those “who’ve spent the last year learning to live it up in loungewear.”
“I feel my most confident when I’m not trying too hard,” says Scott. “I love getting glammed up and all the fancy clothes, but when I feel the most ‘me,’ it’s a lot more laid back – and I think that’s a lot of us. You are your most authentic self in blue jeans with a tequila drink, ya know?
“As we were writing it, I was like ‘It’s always been my dream to do a song that combines the things I love about Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ and Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ – two of the most strong, powerful female songs ever,” she goes on. “So it was like ‘How can we do our version of that?’”
“It’s incredible that Charles and Dave, in all their masculinity, are willing to sing right alongside me on this song,” Scott goes on. “I think that is another powerful statement. It’s super important for strong, great men to stand beside women and propel them forward. I hope it makes fans feel confident too, it brings them joy and just gets people excited about seeing live music again.”
Notes Haywood: “We were some of the biggest champions for ‘Like A Lady’ and we’re honored to stand alongside Hillary. We’ve had a front row seat to her strength over the years and we love linking arms with her on this song.” Adds Kelley: “This song has such a great feel to it,” Charles Kelley adds. “One of the coolest parts of being in a co-ed band is being able to share those different perspectives, so that’s just part of what we get to do.”
Scott is featured as one of 31 groundbreaking women in the Dress For Success campaign Your Hour, Her Power. It highlights the role of female leaders in diverse industries as part of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
The campaign is launching in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine, inspired by the belief that when a woman has access to opportunities that can change her life for the better, she becomes powerful beyond measure. Individuals are encouraged to donate the equivalent of one hour of pay to help women gain access to Dress for Success’ programs, services, and tools.