Lady A says Lady Antebellum are “yet again using their privilege’ to erase her name
Lady A has sung the blues for more than two decades, but the country stars formerly know as Lady Antebellum have given new meaning to the pain her music portrays.
Even after, Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A, the Seattle singer had hoped they could coexist.
Not any more.
In a new trademark lawsuit and several interviews, the original Lady A calls out the multi-platinum country group.
“They claim to be allies and that they wanted to change their name out of the racist connotation, and then they sue a black woman for the new name.”
“Not wanting a name that is a reminder to many black folks of how so much was taken from us: our freedom, languages, families, and even our names makes sense,” the blues singer said in a statement. “However, to do so by taking the name on which I, a black woman, have built my career in the music industry for over 20 years is ironic. “
“Before them, my name was under theirs; I could find myself easily, no problem,” she continued. “Now you can’t find me anywhere… I have new fans sending me emails asking how to get my music because they can’t find me anywhere.”
“They claim to be allies and that they wanted to change their name out of the racist connotation, and then they sue a black woman for the new name… All I ever wanted was to keep my name in the blues genre doing what I did. I should not have to bend to [the band’s] will because they’ve got money.”
Full text via Rolling Stone.