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Seattle singer Lady A complains about Lady A the country band

Friday, June 12, 2020 – Lady A may have changed its name on Thursday from Lady Antebellum, but apparently the move by the country band has angered a Seattle blues singer, who has gone by the name Lady A for decades, according to Rolling Stone.

Lady Antebellum changed its name following the discussion about race relations in the U.S. in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Rolling Stone article said Lady A the Seattle singer, is a 61-year-old black woman whose real name is Anita White. She has played the blues under that name for more than two decades, having started by doing karaoke nights in the eighties.

White has released album as Lady A and has another one ready to drop on July 18, "Lady A: Live in New Orleans."

"This is my life," White told Rolling Stone. "Lady A is my brand, I've used it for over 20 years, and I'm proud of what I've done. 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. "It's an opportunity for them to pretend they're not racist or pretend this means something to them," she said. "If it did, they would've done some research. And I'm not happy about that. You found me on Spotify easily - why couldn't they?"

Lady A, the country band, did not respond for comment. A representative told Rolling Stone that it would reach out to the Seattle singer.

White said she intended to consult a lawyer. ""I don't know if (the new Lady A) are going to give me a cease-and-desist. I don't know how they'd react. But I'm not about to stop using my name," White said. "For them to not even reach out is pure privilege. I'm not going to lay down and let this happen to me. But now the burden of proof is on me to prove that my name is in fact mine, and I don't even know how much I'll have to spend to keep it."

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