OFFSTAGE: Hillary Scott on Gladys Knight and Beyoncé

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Those are two of the women in music who inspire Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott. It’s part of a video she made with other “ingenues and legends” for Elle magazine’s May issue. In the beginning, she says Gladys Knight was one of the first concerts she went to as a little girl. Then later she talks about loving Beyoncé and even sings a nice bit of her “Smash Into You.” But she also talks openly about being the only woman in a band of men. “There something to be said about a girl being in a band with a bunch of guys,” she says. “It shows the power of a woman and the presence that they can have.” And she admits her life becomes song fodder at times. “As a songwriter, I write a lot from personal experience. And the boys also like to take advantage of my personal life in the writing room. I write about the emotions that we all feel,” Scott says. As for the major success of “Need You Now,” which has broken all kinds of chart and sales and awards records, Scott admits to Elle, “You can dream it. But for it to be a reality is just amazing.”

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