After the news that the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing blues artist Lady A for the rights to share the name, Anita White, who has been known professionally as Lady A since the late 80’s, has issued a response.
In the lengthy statement to Variety, White says, “It is now clear that their apologies, friendly texts, and playing on my love of God were just insincere gestures aimed at quieting me. Well, I will not be quiet any longer,” she says.
White describes how the country trio’s rebranding efforts have made it difficult for fans to find her music on streaming platforms, saying, “My fans used to be able to listen to my music on streaming services; now they struggle to find me.” In their early conversations, Anita suggested that they individually brand the name, with herself moving forward as “Lady A The Artist,” and Charles, Dave & Hillary moving forward as “Lady A The Band.”
Now that the discussions have soured, Lady A says she is considering adopting an all-new stage name–and clarifies why she asked for $10 million from the trio. “I asked for $5 million to compensate me for this loss, and to help me rebuild under a new name,” she says. She asked Charles, Dave & Hillary to donate the additional $5 million to charity.
The blues artists says that not only did the country trio use their “wealth and influence to intimidate and bully me into submission,” but goes on to say, “It is now clear that their apologies, friendly texts, and playing on my love of God were just insincere gestures aimed at quieting me. Well, I will not be quiet any longer.”
You can read Anita White’s entire statement to Variety here.