Lady Antebellum Owns the Night With Two No. 1 Hits

"We're in good places and wanted to express that. A lot of love going on," says Charles Kelley.

photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott celebrated the success of two consecutive No. 1 hits with a party at Nashville restaurant Bound’ry. “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” both topped the Billboard country singles chart.

“We all walked out with ‘Just a Kiss’ almost knowing 99 percent that it was going to be our first single,” Charles  told reporters of penning the hopeful love song with Hillary, Dave and songwriter Dallas Davidson. “I just felt like it was something we wanted to say, a straight love song. Dave and Dallas and I were in there and we immediately called Hillary and said, ‘This will be our first single.’ We kind of had that feeling.”

“I think, too, that was a topic that we all could relate to,” said the newly married Hillary. “It was very timely for all of us, just being in a really good place.”

“Obviously Dave and Hillary have fallen in love,” said Charles.

“Not to each other,” clarified Dave, who recently popped the question to his girlfriend, Kelli Cashiola.

“So I think that was one of the things," Hillary continued. "With our singles we’ve always tried to do a song that was a left turn from the one before it, and we felt like this was saying something we hadn’t said before. We had a song about calling after you’ve had too much to drink for a late-night hookup [“Need You Now”], and this song is about restraint. It’s about acknowledging and knowing when something is precious and right, the restraint that you find.”

“We’re trying to get the soccer moms back on our side,” joked Charles.

Though some discriminating radio listeners may feel that having so many consecutive positive love songs is a little much, the trio makes no apologies. “I feel that’s where we are right now, over the last couple of years. After [current single] ‘Dancing Away With My Heart,’ we need to come back with some heartbreak," said Charles. "It was a lot of running hard over the past six months when we put this record out. It felt like a very balanced time in our lives. We all felt a little nostalgic about some things and [that’s where] songs like ‘Dancing Away’ and ‘We Owned the Night’ came from. We’re in good places and wanted to express that. A lot of love going on.”

The trio received plaques from the songs’ publishers, along with plaques from Capitol Nashville, Lady Antebellum’s recording home. The trio ended the celebration with a performance of both “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night.”


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