Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Prepares to Fly Solo

The Singer Announces His First Solo Project

Lady Antebellum fans, brace yourselves for impact. Charles Kelley is making an album all by his lonesome.

Charles Kelley

Fresh off the Wheels Up tour and the 747 album, it appears the Lady A front man is about to fly solo, according to Billboard.

We figured Kelley would keep busy during the group’s “time off,” especially with the joyous news that he’s about to become a first-time dad. But I have to say, this news was quite unexpected.

Delightfully unexpected.

I know, I know — it’s an alarming thought to process, Kelley without his band mates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. But let’s get real for a moment. Any of them could be solo artists.

And they are behind Kelley 100 percent with this venture. Scott posted an Instagram photo last night from a special preview performance event with the caption, “So proud of my best friend and band mate Charles Kelley and excited for everyone to hear ‘The Driver.’” Billboard also reports that last night at the event, Kelley told the exclusive, industry-only crowd, “I wouldn’t have done this without Hillary and Dave giving me their blessing.”

So proud of my best friend and band mate @charleskelley and excited for everyone to hear #TheDriver

A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on

People.com reports that along with Scott, Haywood and his son Cash, Miranda Lambert and John and Martina McBride were all in the audience to show support, too.

The album will be released on Lady A’s label Capitol Records, and features new original material as well as a killer cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents” with rock goddess Stevie Nicks on harmony vocals.

Then there’s the tune Scott was referring to in her post, “The Driver,” which features Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley. It will leave you covered in goosebumps.

And all of this is wonderful for Kelley, who said he just “wanted to step outside of [his] comfort zone.” But make no mistake: Lady Antebellum is not breaking up.

Ever.

“Lady Antebellum will always be my focus,” the singer said. “Lady Antebellum will never break up, mark my words.” Whew! Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.