Looking good: Lady Antebellum - Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley
Formed in Nashville in 2006, Lady Antebellum - Hillary Scott (lead vocals), Charles Kelley (lead, background vocals and guitar) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin) - have just released their sixth studio album, Heart Break. Since their self-titled debut in 2008 they have enjoyed more than 18 million album sales worldwide and seven Grammy awards.
Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher and they've had 16 hit singles around the world, of which nine have reached number one in the country charts.
For album number six the trio looked to do something a little different from their last release, 747 in 2014.
"We couldn't go away for over two years and come back with another version of the same thing," says Hillary, the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis. "We had to do something fresh and new."
The group members set aside time to put themselves in new surroundings and concentrate on writing and exploring musical possibilities with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the experiment proved successful, they set up a second retreat in Southern California.
"The goal was to give each other our undivided attention," says Hillary. "Being in a new space meant we could really free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favourite writers and some writers we hadn't worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the process. The three of us have always been close, but we got to reconnect even deeper into our friendships, and that was really priceless."
Charles describes Lady Antebellum's music as "a little bit rock and roll, a little bit of pop, a little bit of R&B thrown in.''
He explains: ''It's just because that's what we love - Dave and I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, the home of James Brown, and Hillary grew up in Nashville, and we just kind of mix it all together."
The group's desire to shake things up on Heart Break was made evident by the album's first single, You Look Good, which came complete with a funky horn arrangement.
"I'd been begging for horns on a song for years," says Hillary. "One of my favorite songs growing up was Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder, and that feel transports you to another place. It was the perfect song to embody the excitement and fun that we had making this record."
"We love writing the serious songs - the heartbreak songs, the love songs - but the recording process was so different and so fun and we felt like we wanted to lead with that," adds Charles. "We wanted it to be a little bit of a question mark, where you weren't sure if it was us - we wanted to take a little bit of a left turn where you don't always know what to expect."