The country band has changed its name from Lady Antebellum to Lady A. Now it claims that the singer of the same name is demanding an “exorbitant” amount of money in disagreement. The band said that they are going to sue the singer Anita White over the right to use the name “Lady A.”.
The band Lady A is formerly known as Lady Antebellum. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood said in a statement, “Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended. She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
They explained in the statement, “When we learned that Ms. White had also been performing under the name Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions with her about how we can all come together and make something special and beautiful out of this moment,”
They also explained, “We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will—today’s action doesn’t change that. Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed, and spent hours on the phone, and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place.”
The statement continued, “We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to work together with Anita for that greater purpose. We’re still committed to educating ourselves, our children, and doing our part to fight for racial justice so desperately needed in our country and around the world.”
However, Anita White responded, “I’m not happy about [it] yet again after talking in good faith. … Their camp is trying to erase me and I’ll have more to say tomorrow. Trust is important and I no longer trust them”.
The group requests no money from White nor do they wish to prevent her from using the name Lady A. They solely ask the court to acknowledge their lawful use of the trademarked name Lady A.