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Lady Antebellum Give Advice to Rolling Stone Cover Contest Finalist Lelia Broussard

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Lady Antebellum took time out of their insanely busy schedules to mentor and give advice to Lelia Broussard, one of the finalists for the Rolling Stone cover contest, where one unsigned artists will win a spot on the coveted front cover of the rock ‘n’ roll bible.

Lady A have quite a bit of advice to offer, being Grammy winners and big sellers and all! Hillary Scott said she digs Broussard’s “raspy thing,” pertaining to her voice, and says “that raspy quality is really, really cool.”

As a fellow female, Scott dispensed even more practical advice to Broussard, who rolls with a five-to-six-person band. Scott recalled the band’s humble origins, when they were touring in Charles Kelley’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. Even though they eventually “upgraded to a 15 passenger van,” Scott still had to deal with gigs with no dressing rooms. “They expect you to get changed in a porta-potty, so you figure out a way to wiggle on your jeans under a blanket. It’s an interesting dynamic being the only girl,” she said.

She also told Broussard to prepare for the next year-and-a-half to be an energy drain. She revealed, “Both my parents are in the music industry and I’ll never forget. My dad was like, ‘The first 18 months of your career are going to be the craziest and you are going to be more tired than you’ve ever been in your entire life. The first 18 months of our career was nuts. Then you just hit pockets of busy. Your gauge of normal will change and it’ll be like, ‘There’s only five interviews today?'”

Lady A also admitted that with all the travel they do as a band on the run that Rolling Stone is one of the first mags they grab for the plane ride, so they’ve been reading a bit about Broussard as she competes for the cover and a record deal with Atlantic through July 1.

Watch Lady Antebellum Mentor Lelia Broussard

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