The artists formerly known as Lady Antebellum upset some fans while drawing praise from others with its June 11 decision to shorten its name to Lady A. Per a statement from the band, the name change happened because Antebellum means "occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the Civil War," causing concerns about racial insensitivity.
However, as Amy X. Wang and Ethan Millman reported for Rolling Stone, this decision initially angered the original Lady A, a Seattle-based blues singer named Anita White.
"This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I've used it for over 20 years, and I'm proud of what I've done," White told Rolling Stone. "This is too much right now. They're using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn't have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it."
Both sides seemed to have found common ground following a Monday (June 15) Zoom chat involving the country group Lady A and the soul singer Lady A.
"Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had," wrote the country trio Lady A. "We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come."
The other Lady A also views Monday's discussion as a step forward.
"I accepted that apology and forgive them for that misstep, but at the same time, we need to work to make a better change," White told CBS News. "I don't want people out there spewing hate just because they made a misstep. And yes, I was angry about it, but I'm over it now."
Beyond lauding the new Lady A as "brave" for their well-intentioned name change, White thanks the press, social media users and others for her recent influx of free publicity.
"I had an audience and a fan base before this. I have CD's out before this. I've toured before this," she told CBS News. "This will only make it better."