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Country Lady A meets with Seattle blues singer Lady A, working out agreement

Monday, June 15, 2020 – Lady A, the newly-named country trio, has reached out to Lady A, the Seattle-based blues singer, who was upset last week with the decision by the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum to change with the same name she has been using for years.

"Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had," the group said on its Instagram on Monday afternoon. "We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come."

Also participating were musician Dexter Allen, who works with the Seattle Lady A, and Pastor John Oliver III of Gleanings Community Bible Church in Seattle.

Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott changed the name of the group from Lady Antebellum to Lady A in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and protests about race in the U.S. Antebellum is a word that means "before war" and is often used to describe the pre-Civil War South.

The country Lady A apparently changed its name without being aware of the Seattle Lady A, who has released albums and is on Spotify.

Billboard said that both would continue as Lady A.

The Seattle Lady A said last week to Rolling Stone, ". It shouldn't have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it."

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