Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley to release solo album in Feb.

NASHVILLE -- The stars will align personally and professionally for singer Charles Kelley in February: He is expecting his first child and releasing his first solo record apart from the country vocal group Lady Antebellum.

See Full Article

After years of trying to conceive, Kelley and his wife Cassie found out last year they would be parents just as the Georgia native started working on a different sound separate from his bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. The album, "The Driver," is due out Feb. 5; their baby, a boy, is due the same month.

"Some would say great timing and some would say poor timing," Kelley, 34, said with a smile. "You can never predict when a baby is going to come, but I am so excited."

The trio announced at the end of their Wheels Up tour last year that they would be taking a hiatus, but it will be a productive break for the group. Scott, too, announced she is recording a gospel album with her family during the time off.

On "The Driver," Kelley explores his own musical heritage and influences ranging from Southern rock to '70s folk singers on songs that he admits probably wouldn't have been a fit for the Lady A catalogue. He channels Bob Seger on "Leaving Nashville," a piano ballad about the highs and lows of life on Music Row, and enlists the legendary Stevie Nicks to duet on a cover of Tom Petty's "Southern Accents."

"For me, as an artist, I do have other things that I am into and styles of music," Kelley said. "I just knew that if I never did this, it would never see the light of day."

But it hasn't been an easy reinvention. He announced a solo club tour, but then postponed several shows so he could finish the recording. And he learned he had to reintroduce himself to fans.

"I am kind of a new artist again, and we really needed to get the word out there," Kelley said of postponing the tour.

Kelley admits that it has been a big change playing clubs again when Lady Antebellum virtually skipped that step, starting out opening up in amphitheatres and arenas for acts like Martina McBride, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Their first two albums released in 2008 and 2010 went multi-platinum, carried by songs like "Love Don't Live Here" and the crossover hit "Need You Now."

"You get so used to hearing 15,000 people scream and sing your songs back that it's a little jarring," Kelley said of his solo shows. "I have to walk off stage and go, 'OK, I am going for a different response here."'

Kelley shines when he sings solo, but he is an expert harmonizer on songs like the regretful "I Wish You Were Here," which features Miranda Lambert. And the title song, a three-part harmony with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, already earned him a Grammy nomination for best country duo/group performance.

"In an ideal world, I would love to hop back and forth between these two projects," Kelley said of Lady Antebellum and his solo work. "Both worlds are equally exciting. They are just fun for different reasons."


Latest Entertainment News

  • Charlize Theron calls idea of arming US teachers 'so outrageous'

    Entertainment CBC News
    Actress Charlize Theron says the idea of arming teachers after recent U.S. school shootings or "adding more guns" to the situation is "so outrageous." The South African says: "I have a very personal experience with gun violence. Source
  • 'Lord of Butt': China's weird names for Western celebs

    Entertainment CTV News
    When it comes to Chinese names for Western celebrities, "Sweet Tea" is definitely hot, "Fruit Sister" is off the menu, and an ample posterior can have you anointed "Lord of Butt". Chinese is expressed using idiomatic characters rather than an alphabet, making it difficult to use the language to transliterate foreign names, and opening the door for a range of creative and often bizarre appellations for well-known stars. Source
  • Aretha Franklin cancels concerts due to doctor's orders

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK - Aretha Franklin is cancelling two upcoming concerts on doctor's orders. The Queen of Soul's management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Source
  • Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard investigated by Toronto police

    Entertainment CTV News
    Toronto police are investigating Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard after a series of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. No charges have been laid and police will not reveal what allegations they are probing. Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray confirmed that the Sex Crimes Unit is involved in the ongoing investigation. Source
  • Canadian DJ Datsik cancels tour amid sexual misconduct allegations

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- Electronic musician Datsik has cancelled his upcoming shows after multiple sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against him by anonymous users on social media. The Kelowna, B.C., native issued a statement on Facebook saying he planned to back out of his scheduled performances, which included stops in Toronto and Laval, Que. Source
  • 'I hope to be back with more stories to tell:' actor Irrfan Khan diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour

    Entertainment CBC News
    Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose roles in Hollywood films such as Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi have brought him fame, has been diagnosed with a tumour and is travelling overseas for treatment, he said on Friday. Source
  • Bollywood singer Daler Mehndi sentenced to jail after human trafficking conviction

    Entertainment CBC News
    A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America. Source
  • Sean Bean on his many deaths and 'Game of Thrones' legacy

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies onscreen. He's been stabbed, shot, chased off a cliff, tossed off a satellite dish, beheaded, exploded, killed by arrows, and drawn and quartered in everything from the Bond movie "Goldeneye" to "Game of Thrones" and "The Lord of the Rings. Source
  • Neil Young is writing a sci-fi novel called 'Canary'

    Entertainment CTV News
    The Canadian musician, who currently stars in the film "Paradox," told Rolling Stone magazine that he is working on a science-fiction novel called "Canary." The novel is about a power company worker who discovers corruption in his firm and wants to expose it. Source
  • Popular Indian singer convicted of trafficking jobseekers to America

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW DELHI -- A popular Indian pop singer was convicted of human trafficking and cheating Friday by a court that found he took money to pretend people were in his performance troupe so they could get jobs in North America. Source