Courtesy of Billboard
The group sat down for an interview in Nashville's Starstruck Studios to talk about their upcoming album, 'Own the Night,' and to reflect on the country and pop success, that they've experienced since forming in 2006, especially with the 2009 crossover hit, 'Need You Now.' While the trio -- and their fans -- await the September 13 release of the new album, Hillary Scott remains aware of the fickle nature of the music business, thanks to the ups and downs experienced by her mother, country singer Linda Davis, Grammy winner for the 1993 duet, 'Does He Love You,' with Reba McEntire.
"I've watched my mom get signed and dropped by three or four different labels my whole life" she acknowledges.
The trio have their own Grammys. Five of them, in fact, earned earlier this year, thanks to 'Need You Now,' the title track of the album that has sold 3.6 million copies (and 5.7 million digital tracks) since its January 2010 release. With those sales numbers, and their trophy cases bulging, it's no wonder they took their time making the new album.
"We definitely put a little pressure on ourselves to want to go back in and make sure we
make this great," says Dave Haywood
'Own the Night ' was recorded in Nashville's Warner Studios where they also did 'Need You Now,' with Paul Worley returning as producer. The group eventually whittled down an initial 25 tracks to a final dozen. Also returning to contribute to the new disc were songwriters Tom Douglas (co-writer of the album's closing track, 'The Heart of the World,' Monty Powell (who co-penned 'As You Turn Away' and 'Wanted You More,') Hillary Lindsey ('Cold As Stone') and Rivers Rutherford ('Singing Me Home'). New contributors this time around include Dallas Davidson ('Just a Kiss' and 'Dancin' Away With My Heart') and Rose Falcon, Eric Paslay and Rob Crosby, who co-penned 'Friday Night.'
Lady A wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs, and according to married singer Charles Kelley, their own personal experiences have helped them create tunes to which fans could easily relate.
"Over our lives we've had heartbreak, been in love, out of love, back in love, had some great times and some low times," says Charles. "So we feel like we're pretty normal just like everybody else."
They may be "pretty normal,' yet in just five years, they've graduated from playing clubs to headlining arenas. 'Own the Night''s lead-off single, 'Just a Kiss' has already topped the country chart and was a Top 10 pop hit as well. The group is also set to perform on 'Saturday Night Live' October 1 and will kick off the Own the Night tour on November 11. Check out the dates here.