Yesterday (June 11), the country trio Lady Antebellum announced that they were changing their name to Lady A, citing the story loaded with the word “Antebellum” and apologizing for not having “taken into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the civil war, which includes slavery. Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, who has recorded and released music as Lady A for more than two decades, has now discussed the country band in a new interview with Rolling stone.White, a black woman, said the Nashville group did not contact her regarding the use of the name. ” It’s my life. Lady A is my brand, I have been using it for over 20 years and I am proud of what I have done, “she said in the interview. “It’s too much right now. They use the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident which, for them, is only an instant. If it mattered, it would have already mattered to them. George Floyd shouldn’t have died for them to realize that their name had a slave reference … I don’t know if [the new Lady A] are going to give me a cease-and-desist. I don’t know how they would react. But I’m not going to stop using my name. ”
A representative of Lady Antebellum said Rolling stone the group was unaware of White’s use of the name and planned to contact her. Pitchfork also contacted group representatives for comments and information.