LISTEN: Lady Antebellum Share New Single, ‘What If I Never Get Over You’
Lady Antebellum have released a brand-new single! "What If I Never Get Over You," the country trio's first new music since 2017's Heart Break, is a lovesick breakup ballad in which Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley duet. Sam Ellis, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz and John Green co-wrote the track, but, to the band, it feels like it was made just for them to record.
"What If I Never Get Over You" was produced by the all-star Dann Huff, who recently worked with Brooks & Dunn on their latest release, Reboot. Now that the group is with a new label, Big Machine, this song is fans' first taste of where their next album is headed musically. It feels like a return to their roots, and to the sentimental, longing songs that made them one of the biggest acts in country music.
"It kind of feels like coming home, with a fresh song," Scott told the press at a media event for the single.
There's definitely an aspect that feels familiar, but "What If I Never Get Over You" is fresh all on its own. The scorching lyrics tell two sides of the same story in a relationship whose outcome doesn't seem to have a winner.
"To me, this song stands out so much because it asks so many great questions that are unanswered. I think we’ve all been there," Dave Haywood says. "I think that’s what’s so powerful about "Need You Now." It went around the world, to me, because it just related to everybody. The relatability is what stood out, and telling both sides of the story. We’ve always recorded songs like that."
Scott, Kelley and Haywood say the decision to choose this song as their new single was unanimous. It was one of the first six tracks that the group cut for their upcoming record, and, after it was recorded, it was apparent that their fans needed to hear this one first.
"Thinking about putting any of the other songs that we cut out before this one just didn’t feel right," Scott says. "It’s been so many years since we released a mid-tempo, longing, heartbreak duet that really we love and is so much a part of who we are as a band and how we started."
Kelley says that, upon hearing it for the first time, he knew it would serve them best as a duet. It amped up the heartbreak and, in turn, revived the classic Lady Antebellum sound.
While the band has tried different things in recent years, with live-oriented songs such as "Bartender" and the party anthem "You Look Good," their new music will be more deeply personal than ever. Their life changes -- becoming parents and reckoning with religion -- are coming to the surface, and Lady Antebellum are making the music they're proud of.
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