ASCAP is very proud to announce that Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have joined the PRO as writer and publisher members.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Charles and Dave join ASCAP,” said Marc Driskill, VP and GM at ASCAP Nashville. “They are two of music’s most talented songwriters and their artistry has inspired millions around the world. We are thrilled to represent them and we welcome them to the ASCAP family.”
Georgia natives Kelley and Haywood met as teenagers and attended the same high school, where Haywood played in a jazz band with Kelley’s older brother Josh - now a successful ASCAP songwriter in his own right. The pair relocated to Nashville after college graduation, moving in with Josh so they could write songs together. Haywood and Kelley founded Lady Antebellum in 2006 with Hillary Scott and released their self-titled debut soon after, which produced the trio's first #1 single, “I Run to You.”
In early 2010, the group released its second album, anchored by the five-week #1 crossover hit single, “Need You Now,” co-written with fellow ASCAP member Josh Kear. The song won four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, becoming only the second country song ever to win both honors. It has earned countless ASCAP, CMA, ACM, ACA and CMT awards, has been certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA, and last year became the most downloaded country song in history. Lady Antebellum recently released their third studio album, Own The Night, which debuted at #1 and garnered their fifth and sixth #1 singles.
In addition to their success with Lady A, Kelley and Haywood have co-written numerous songs for various artists, most notably the top five song, “Do I,” recorded by labelmate Luke Bryan, “Love Song,” recorded by Miranda Lambert, and songs by Josh Kelley, Parachute and more.
To help welcome Kelley and Haywood to ASCAP, Driskill joined them in St. Louis for one of the last shows on their Own The Night U.S. tour, before they head to Europe and Australia.