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Lady Antebellum Called in a Mediator During ‘Really Hard’ Early Years

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There’s no question that Lady Antebellum harmonize perfectly now, but the trio admits that things were not so easy in the beginning. Access Hollywood caught up with Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who chatted about their new album, ‘Own the Night,’ and that time (OK, those times) they had to call in a mediator to help them sort out their differences.

“The first two years were really hard,” Kelley said, admitting that things were not always as great as they seem from the outside. He added, however, that “the last two years have been really easy,” but it’s not their rocket-high success that the group has to thank for that — it’s their mediator, who taught them how to communicate.

“It took us time to learn how to communicate with each other the best way and each of us receive it,” Scott revealed. “We actually — I don’t feel ashamed to say — actually had someone come and mediate a couple of times. I think it’s honestly a really smart way to work through things.”

Scott made it clear that the group didn’t see a therapist, but a communication specialist who instructed the threesome on how to argue constructively and respectively. “Because we agree on a lot of things — on most things — but on the things that we didn’t, it was figuring out how to work through those things,” she said. “Time and a couple of sessions with that mediator, and we figured things out.”

The band’s third studio album, ‘Own the Night,’ was piled onto record store shelves on September 13, and flew off just as quickly as it came. Haywood, Scott and Kelley recognize that while they may never have another ‘Need You Now,’ they’re more than pleased with their work this time around — Kelley especially. “Whether we have that smash, the record is a collection of better, stronger songs, for me,” the frontman said. “Only time will tell if the fans feel that way.”

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