Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott on God and Family
A miscarriage and a grandparent's passing led to the singer's stunning new faith album
With seven Grammys, six CMA awards, five CMT awards, and eight Academy of Country Music Awards — Lady Antebellum has become a fixture in country music.
Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott have had huge success since the band formed in 2007, with songs like “Need You Now,” “I Run to You,” and “Just a Kiss.”
“It’s really, at the end of the day, about loving each other,” says Hillary Scott.
And now, almost 10 years later, Hillary Scott has released a solo album with the help of her family. “Love Remains” by Hillary Scott & the Scott Family is a deeply emotional, powerful, and faith-filled project, produced by Ricky Skaggs.
Scott sat down recently with LifeZette to discuss her latest project.
“Faith has been such a huge part of my life, my whole life,” she said.
The Lady Antebellum lead singer teamed up with her mother, Linda Davis, her father, Lang Scott, and her younger sister, Rylee Scott, to produce a beautiful new gospel/country/faith album.
The idea for the album came at the time of her grandfather's passing. The original plan was to record a five-song "thank you" to all the family and friends who offered support during her grandfather's battle with cancer, which came to an end in November 2011. But the project grew into a full-length album.
"We got to grieve and heal with the things we've been through as a family," she explained. "With our schedule — with me being a part of Lady Antebellum — and just how busy we've been for the past 10 years, there are so many moments I missed because I was out of town. It was just great to make up for lost time."
Another addition to this deeply emotional album was "Thy Will" — a song about Hillary Scott's experience with a miscarriage last fall.
"The past year, my husband and I and our family grieved our second pregnancy," she explained. "We lost a baby last September, and that was definitely one of the most challenging things I've ever been through [and that] we've been through as a family."
And her prayerful decision to be open about her experience has comforted so many others who have gone through a similar tragedy. When asked about fans or friends reaching out on the topic of miscarriage, Scott said: "Yes, every single day — whether it's on any kind of social media or my family [and] friends texting me a conversation with somebody that they know. It has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life."
Scott added, "If I can encourage someone else in their own daily life to be brave enough to share their story and share that they're hurting and give them a voice, that is a whole other part of why I'm here."
Scores of women suffer the pain of miscarriage, though few speak about the toll it takes — but Scott is bravely singing about her experience.
"As women, we feel like we've gotta have it together," Scott said. "That's a lot to juggle and I think a lot of times we as women go, 'OK, we can hold it together, we can just silently go through the difficult things.' But it's really important to talk them out."
When it comes to the difficult moments in life, Scott quoted her own mother's advice.
"On thing that my mom has said [is], 'We're all either headed into a storm, in the middle of one, or coming out of one.' And [we should] have our heart and our soul grounded in what we believe before crisis happens. It will shake you, it will break your heart — but you have a resource, you have a reserve to go to, to help you make sense of the madness and the chaos and the hurt."
Scott's decision to release a faith-filled album attests to her trust in God. She celebrates her Christian faith and leans on God during her times of hardship.
"I'm always asking God, 'Refine my heart,' because the last thing I ever want to do is to come across as judgmental," Scott said. "I want to be refined in the ways that I can be better and the ways that I can grow stronger."
She added, "It's really, at the end of the day, about loving each other, rather than telling somebody how to live. I don't think it's really helpful or loving to point out the splinter in someone else's eye when you have a plank in your own," concluded Scott, quoting scripture.
"Love Remains" is a poignant example of an individual's trust in God and the wonderful creations that can flow from doing his will.