When it comes to women in country music, there are few that personify grace and class like Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. She puts the Lady in the Antebellum and charms fans with her voice and songwriting prowess. In addition to her talent, she’s one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter because of the photos she shares of her oh-so-adorable daughter, Eisele.
While she’s known for being the front-woman of Lady A, Linda Davis’ daughter, Kelsea Ballerini’s mentor and an awesome mom, Hillary is also a well-spoken light in a sometimes smoke-and-mirror laden music industry.
The Argus Leader recently spoke to Hillary and we LOVED what she had to say.
On the topic of what is “real country music”:
I think everybody should have a right to their own opinion, and that’s ok. It’s almost like there’s just this inability to have this debate and have a difference of opinion. I think everything is always evolving. As a culture and a nation, and on the global scale, things are always going to be changing. That doesn’t mean that you don’t respect and give value to the history of what brought you to that point. It almost saddens me that there are a lot of people who are innovative and creative but feel like they’re not getting support because they’re so different. One of the things we love about living in this country and being a creative person is that you don’t have any limits. You can always explore and find and chase your bliss in what you creatively want to say. We just need to cultivate the arts. It’s a part of our brain that needs to be tapped into as much as possible. Obviously, I have my opinions of what I like and what I listen to, but I think that it all needs to be lived together. Let it all just be, and don’t listen to it if you don’t want to hear it. It’s much simpler than they all make it out to be.
On “tomato-gate” and the Keith Hill controversy:
In my nine years in Lady Antebellum, and working on a music career since I was sixteen years old, there have only been a couple of times in my music community where you could really feel tension. That was one of them, because (while) people can say things in interviews that are misconstrued or misinterpreted, and I really try to give the benefit of the doubt, the more and more I looked into it I decided it’s never a positive step when you tear anybody down. Male, female, group, duo. I think that there’s a way in which to talk about the black and white truth of where things are without tearing people down, and I think more females do need to be played on the radio. Females are the majority of who listens to the radio, and there are a lot of songs sung by females which expresses exactly what all of the females at home or in their cars need to hear. I think more than anything it’s about supporting country music across the board. It’s about giving the audience a variety. So much of it is this type of song works so we’re going to play multiple songs that are kind of similar, and then leave the other ones that might say something different are left by the wayside. I think it’s really underestimating the audience in a lot of ways because I think everybody is looking to be inspired by a song that expresses something better than they ever could. That’s what I love about music. What’s therapeutic and beautiful about it is the ability to hear words that explain things better than you ever could.