Nearly a month after Lady A the band sued Lady A the blues singer over the right to share the name, the two parties are no closer to a solution. And to hear the Seattle-based solo artist Anita White, 62, who has been using that stage handle for more than two decades tell it, they won't be until she's the last Lady A left standing or she is compensated to rebrand. Lady A says she had gotten on the phone several times with the country trio and their legal representatives, who she says offered to help her rebrand, with band member Charles Kelley suggesting they all record a song together and both sides discussing documenting that process before negotiations fell apart. So far, she says she doesn't see what the group is giving up in the bargain. Everybody needs to be forgiven, they need to change their name. Everybody makes mistakes, I am not perfect. If they can do that? Lady Antebellum, however, had used Lady A as a nickname going back to their early career, applying for a trademark on the foreshortened name back in ; it was granted in Lady A objected to the name change on June 12 after Lady A the band went public about the moniker update, charging that the trio was trying to "erase" her by taking on the same stage handle; a pending lawsuit in Nashville filed by the band July 8 seeks to have a court affirm its right to continue to use the name based on the Lady A trademark it has held for almost a decade.
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Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Luke Bryan has addressed the name change of the country band Lady A -- formerly known as Lady Antebellum. However, a blues singer by the name of Anita White had been using the name Lady A for several decades. Since then, the band has filed a lawsuit to secure rights to the name , which they claim has been a nickname of theirs throughout their career. Country singer Luke Bryan has called the drama surrounding Lady Antebellum's name change 'a mess.
Lady A previously known as Lady Antebellum  is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in The group is composed of Hillary Scott lead and background vocals , Charles Kelley lead and background vocals, guitar , and Dave Haywood background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis , and Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley. The band abbreviated the name to "Lady A" in June amid the George Floyd protests in an attempt to blunt the name's associations with slavery and the Antebellum South , causing a dispute with Black gospel singer Anita White , who had already been using that same name for more than 20 years. The group made its debut in as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman 's single " Never Alone ", before signing to Capitol Nashville. The albums have produced sixteen singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which nine have reached number one. The longest-lasting number one single is " Need You Now ", which spent five weeks at that position in ; both that song and 's " Just a Kiss " reached number one on the Adult Contemporary charts. By August , the group had sold more than Kelley moved to Nashville in mid from Winston-Salem , North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in so they could write music together.
Lady Antebellum changed their name to "Lady A," unaware that there was a year-old black singer with multiple albums with the same name. Seattle blues singer Lady A had just gotten off of work on Thursday when a bombardment of phone messages from friends, fans and producers came in all shouting the same thing: Her name had been stolen. Earlier that day, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum — whose name had been criticized for its associations with romanticized ideas of the pre-war, slavery-ridden American South — announced they were changing their name to Lady A in light of a heightened national conversation about racism.