Country music group Lady Antebellum were formed by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott in 2006. Charles was the one who initiated the band. He persuaded his old middle-school classmate, Dave, to move to Nashville with him so that they could write songs together.
After successfully dragging Dave to Nashville, Charles met Hillary on MySpace and invited her to join the group. Like many other aspiring musicians, the trio started their career as indie artists. They showcased their talent by performing at local venues in Nashville before sealing a deal with Capitol Records in July 2008.
This band released their debut album "Lady Antebellum" in April 2008. The effort opened at number 4 on Billboard Hot 200 and at number 1 on Top Country Albums chart, selling 47,000 copies in its first week of release. They became the first country music group to have their debut album entering at the top slot of the Top Country Albums.
Along with gaining success on the U.S. albums charts, trio Charles, Dave and Hillary also got coveted awards over the course of 2008. They won Top New Duo or Vocal Group at Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and was named New Artist of the Year at Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The only prize they failed to take home was Vocal Group of the Year at the CMA Awards. They lost it to Rascal Flatts.
In 2009, Lady Antebellum returned to the studio for their second album "Need You Know". The previous success they gained from their self-titled album gave them privilege to sign "some really great songwriters" for the sophomore set. "But more importantly, the three of us are the closest we've ever been as friends. Out on the road, we've spent almost every single day together for the past three and a half years," Dave said.
"So by the time we were writing songs for this record, I think we'd all learned how to interact with each other better. We can write songs individually, but we definitely have something special when we do it together, and that's gotten elevated. I know what Hillary is thinking, I know what Charles is thinking, and I think we play off each other a lot better."
They release the album across United States on January 26, 2010. It is preceded by single "I Run to You" which gave them a nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.