Seven-time Grammy award-winning trio, Lady Antebellum returned to Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, performing an emotional rendition of “Hurt” off their number one selling album, Heart Break. This was the group’s first major television appearance since signing with their new label, Big Machine Label Group.
Written by Ben West, Jon Green and Melissa Peirce, “Hurt” is one of only two songs on Heart Break that the trio did not personally pen. In a mini docuseries featured on the band’s Facebook page titled “Heart Break Stories,” they shared how this record came to be the “dark horse” of the album.
“There was a song Charles brought back up that we’d been pitched in the past and I remember hearing it maybe a year ago,” recalls the trio’s Dave Haywood. “We tried it a couple of different ways. At first I was singing the song and it just felt like it didn’t have quite as much vulnerability” added co-lead vocalist Charles Kelley. It wasn’t until the group’s producer, Busbee, combined a selection of string instruments to draw out the song’s true emotion that the trio knew this song was fit for their seventh studio album.
Hillary Scott, lead vocalist, emphasized how emotional this record is for her to sing. Sharing the meaning of “Hurt”, Scott said, “Those moments of when you’re in a relationship a little bit more than the other person was and how hurtful that is.”
While warming up for their Late Night performance backstage, the group shared a video on Instagram of the preparation in their dressing room, rehearsing “Hurt” while Scott was in the hair and makeup chair with Kelley and Haywood on the couch.
Closing out the show, Seth Meyers introduced the performance, “Tonight’s musical guests are a seven-time Grammy winning trio and a 2018 CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominee. Performing “Hurt,” please welcome to the show Lady Antebellum.” Backed by two electric guitars, bass, drums, piano, a cello and Haywood on acoustic guitar, Scott and Kelley stunned with their vocals.
Over the course of their career, Lady Antebellum has accumulated more than 18 million album units and nine #1 hits to their name, both ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors.
Their co-headlining ‘Summer Plays On Tour’ with Darius Rucker hit New York this past summer. Check out our recap of the high-energy show here. The tour wraps up this fall. For dates and more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.