Anita White won’t let the band formally known as Lady Antebellum “erase” her without a fight.
The Black Seattle blues singer has been performing as Lady A for more than 20 years, long before the country trio announced they were changing their name to Lady A as “Antebellum” has associations with slavery. But this week, the band sued White over the stage name and the irony isn’t lost on the 61-year-old artist.
“They claim to be allies and that they wanted to change their name out of the racist connotation, and then they sue a Black woman for the new name,” White told Rolling Stone. While she recognized Lady A wanted to shed racist undertones “to do so by taking the name on which I, a black woman, have built my career in the music industry for over 20 years is ironic.”
A spokesperson for the band told Yahoo Entertainment earlier this week they aren’t “asking anything of Anita White,” but are merely suing to share the name. That’s not how White sees it.