For Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott and her family – mom Linda Davis, dad Lang Scott and teenaged sister Rylee – Love Remains isn’t merely the title of the strikingly beautiful gospel LP they collaborated on earlier this year. It is the family’s spiritually based motto, a bit of blessed assurance that through years of triumph and tragedy, there is one constant: their love for one another. In the above performance from the Grand Ole Opry stage, the Scotts deliver a heartfelt performance of the album’s stirring title track, penned by Tom Douglas and Jim Daddario, and previously recorded by Collin Raye in 1996.
Opening with a solo verse from then-15-year-old Rylee Scott, this July 2016 performance includes Opry member, and Love Remains producer, Ricky Skaggs on guitar, with Hillary handling the second verse. Family patriarch Lang Scott also plays guitar and sings with wife Linda Davis on the final verse, as the touching tune addresses the journey from birth to death and beyond.
Their unshakeable faith and strong belief in the afterlife helped the family cope in the wake of the death of Hillary’s grandfather, her “Papaw,” who inspired them to share the music on Love Remains. They had originally recorded the songs as a simple thank-you for friends and family after the outpouring of support when he passed away in 2011.
“Heaven intrigues me so much, knowing that we will laugh and celebrate,” Hillary said earlier this year, when Rolling Stone Country sat in on a conversation between Scott and her mother. “Knowing that there will be no more tears and knowing that there will only be praise and worship and joy and laughter. Especially in the world we’re in and the things that are going on around us every day.”
“There will be nothing ugly, nothing painful,” adds Davis. “No questions unanswered. The things down here that we might worry or focus or wonder about, it’s all going to be made clear there. Some of the stuff I don’t think is even going to matter. Of course, I think about those who have passed on and we have to wait until we get to Heaven to see them again, but I’m not sad.”
Hillary Scott and the Scott Family will return to the Opry stage for a performance on Tuesday, October 25th.