Now that Lady Antebellum’s fall and winter hiatus is in effect, the group’s Charles Kelley is gearing up for his solo tour — which kicks off November 28th in advance of his solo LP. Now comes news that his bandmate, Hillary Scott, is also working on a new album – a gospel collection she’s recording with her parents and younger sister Rylee Jean Scott. Expected early in 2016, the collection will feature gospel standards and new material penned by the family.
Scott’s mother Linda Davis is perhaps best known for “Does He Love You” — her 1993 Number One duet with Reba McEntire — but before that Grammy-winning smash she sang in a duo called Skip & Linda. Davis’s husband Lang Scott is a songwriter, musician and web-design entrepreneur who began playing in Reba’s band not long after Davis was tapped to open shows for the country superstar. Hillary Scott often traveled with her parents at that time.
The gospel album is being produced by Ricky Skaggs and was inspired in part by Davis and her family performing at the June 2015 funeral of Jim Ed Brown.
“He was about family harmonies and his family wanted us to be a part of that,” Davis told the Tennessean, adding, “Ever since Hillary was a little girl, [family harmony] is all she’s known as well as Rylee Jean.”
As far as Lady Antebellum’s future is concerned, Kelley assures fans the group this is only a break, not a break-up.
“We can take some time off and not feel like we’re going to lose it all. We felt like that in the past, if we left off the throttle. So, yeah, we’re not quite as hot as we were around ‘Need You Now,’ but we realize the fans are there,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s all about the music, so we need to step away and make the best music we can. That’s the only way it’s going to sustain itself.”