‘We’re family’: Lady A postpones tour to support Charles Kelley’s ‘journey to sobriety’

Country trio Lady A has postponed its upcoming tour to support member Charles Kelley, who has “embarked on a journey to sobriety.”

The group shared the news on social media Thursday morning.

“We are a band. But more importantly … we’re family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety. So, right now in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together.

“It’s early on this road, but we are determined to do what will best set us up for many more years together.”

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The band says ticketholders will be contacted in the coming days with new information.

The band’s 2019 album, “Ocean,” includes the song “Be Patient With My Love,” which Kelley co-wrote.

“That was my autobiography right there,” he told People in 2019. “Just really struggling with my drinking, struggling with my spirituality, and what I really wanted to get out of this life and just being bored.”

“I’m comin’ back to the man that I was,” he wrote. “So, please don’t give up. Be patient with my love.”

Lady A was set to kick off its Request Line tour in Nashville on Aug. 13. A new collaborative single with Breland, “Told You I Could Drink,” will be released Friday.

Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antbellum, dropped “Antebellum” from its long-standing stage name in June 2020. The trio and Seattle blues singer Anika White, already known by the name “Lady A,” ended their federal court battle over the name earlier this year.

The band had sued White for rights to the name. Months later, White countersued for copyright infringement. 

Contributing: Matthew Leimkuehler, The Tennessean

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