Lady Antebellum Honored With 2020 St. Jude Angels Among Us Award
By Blake Taylor
January 20, 2020
After numerous contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Lady Antebellum is being honored as the latest recipient of the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award presented by St. Jude. On Friday night (January 17), Hillary Scott spoke on behalf of the band in Memphis, Tennessee where she was presented the honor from Randy Owen alongside her bandmates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
Lady Antebellum is the most recent recipient of an award given most years during the annual Country Cares conference at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The trio follows previously honored stars including Jake Owen (2019), Brad Paisley (2018) and Darius Rucker (2017).
"Thank you so much. We are honored. We feel so blessed to be a part of the country music community, where philanthropy and giving back is the priority," Scott said. "We were all in our early 20s when we started as a band. And the expectation of artists, no matter your level of success, was to be involved in the radiothons and hospital visits and fundraising shows, they help sculpt our hearts to use our platform for more than just the sounds of a sold-out show or albums sales."
Scott continued on to reflect on the unforgettable experiences the band's had over the years through St. Jude. "We’ll never forget the first time we toured St. Jude. I don’t think anyone does," she said. "It’s been over ten years since that visit, and the incredible work they do has taken on such a deeper meaning for us because of the six little kids we have between us."
"We appreciate this award because as parents, it gives us the opportunity to engage in a conversation with our children as they grow up about the importance of giving back and serving others, and using your platform for good. We pray that it fosters a giving heart in them as they grow up. We’re humbled by this award, and we will not sit idly by in our efforts to continue to help St. Jude," Scott concluded. "Being recognized like this truly lights a bigger fire under us to do more, because there is still so much more to be done."
Lady Antebellum just celebrated a No. 1 hit with "What If I Never Get Over You" off their latest record, Ocean. This summer, the band plans to hit the road for their "Ocean 2020 Tour" alongside opening acts, Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on January 24. A full list of tour dates can be seen here.
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