The members of Lady Antebellum are reuniting for a very special event before kicking off their highly-anticipated summer tour.
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood have been tapped to perform The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby. The invitation was an important career achievement for the trio, who are gearing up for a busy 2016 after taking a short hiatus from performing.
“It is always an honor to be asked to sing the national anthem, but kicking things off at something as iconic as the Kentucky Derby is pretty cool,” Haywood told USA Today. “There’s so much history and ceremony to it, and people wait all year for not only the races, but all the festivities and parties that go on that weekend.”
Although The Star-Spangled Banner is known as one of the most difficult songs to perform under pressure, Haywood says the group is excited to make the performance their own.
“It’s one of those songs that holds so much meaning and has already been performed by the best singers in history, so there’s a lot of pressure. We will definitely put our own Lady A spin on it,” he explained. “Being part of a trio gives us a lot of room to play around with harmonies, which is one of the things we are really drawn to when we perform.”
You can see Lady Antebellum perform the national anthem just after 5 p.m. ET on May 7, broadcast live from Churchill Downs Racetrack on NBC.