Lady A, the Seattle-based singer whose name was abruptly taken by country trio Lady Antebellum, has broken her silence after being sued by the band.
About one month back, Digital Music News was first to report on the former Lady Antebellum’s changing its name to Lady A. Though the Nashville-based group debuted in 2006, it opted to drop the “antebellum” portion of its title following “much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer, and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues.”
The very next day, however, 61-year-old Anita White – the original Lady A – came forward after her friends and colleagues brought the name-change reports to her attention. White questioned the motives and timing of the name change, expressed disappointment that she wasn’t contacted beforehand, and, most significantly, made clear that she wasn’t willing to part with the title.
Shortly thereafter, a seemingly constructive meeting between the Lady As suggested that the matter would soon be put in the rearview, with both parties continuing to release music and perform under the name. But earlier this week, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum filed a shocking lawsuit against Anita White, stating that she had demanded $10 million for the name’s use. Additionally, the band noted that it has owned the Lady A trademark since 2010.
Now, Anita White has broken her silence. In an interview, the Seattleite indicated that the talks went south shortly after beginning. The country performers reportedly shrugged off White’s suggestion that they adopt the title “Lady A the Band” and that she use “Lady A the Artist” (or similar names).
White also elaborated on the name-related challenges she’s faced as of late and explained that she would spend half the requested $10 million on her career and would donate the other half to racial justice charities. Lastly, the 61-year-old indicated that she is “not going to be erased” by the new Lady A.
At the time of this writing, the new Lady A hadn’t publicly responded to Anita White’s latest comments on the matter.
Outside of the contentious dispute over the Lady A moniker, Anita White has been busy promoting her next release, Lady A: Live in New Orleans, which is slated to become available for purchase on the singer’s 62nd birthday, July 18th.
More as this develops.