The singer releases "Thy Will" and says a recent personal trauma inspired her to write it

By Nancy Kruh
Updated April 22, 2016 11:50 AM
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Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott says she is baring her soul like never before in the first single off her upcoming faith-based album. But she’s keeping secret – at least for the moment – the recent personal trauma that inspired the self-penned song, entitled “Thy Will.”

“I want people to have a chance to hear it, and not hear it through my story yet,” Scott, 30, explained during a press conference in Nashville on Thursday. “I want everyone to hear it through theirs.”

The ballad’s lyrics, which tell of faith tested and affirmed, offers no hint about what Scott called “a really difficult thing,” but she promised specifics at some point after the release of the album, Love Remains.

“Thy Will,” which is shipping to both country and Christian radio, is the latest outgrowth of the Lady A members’ current hiatus. Bandmate Charles Kelley released a solo album, The Driver, in February, and its second single, “Lonely Girl,” is now getting airplay.

Scott’s album is decidedly not a solo project. Her father, Lang Scott, an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, first floated the idea of a family album of favorite hymns over a year ago. He saw it as an intimate undertaking, to be shared with family and friends, that would also include Scott’s mother, Grammy-winning artist Linda Davis, and her 15-year-old sister, Rylee.

Scott, though, reflected on the importance of her faith and decided her father was thinking too small.

“This is something that’s such a huge part of me, in wanting to share who I am with our fans,” she said. And so she told her dad to gather the family and “let’s just do this as big as we possibly can, as big as everyone around us will let us, if everybody feels like it’s something that the world needs to hear just like we do.”

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The album, which was produced by Ricky Skaggs, also turned into something much bigger than a collection of favorite hymns. “We started getting [new] songs sent to us that we loved,” Scott explained, “and then we started writing songs that we loved.” Only two of the cuts are Christian standards.

Even though Hillary Scott & The Scott Family’s album will be following Kelley’s, Scott revealed that her project is what triggered Lady Antebellum’s recess. Last year, after she worked up the courage to tell Kelley and Dave Haywood about her longing to do it, she said that Kelley soon confessed “he was in a place of wanting to explore and creatively just stretch himself.” Haywood also expressed a desire to try producing other artists.

Just as Kelley and Haywood have done, Scott took pains during the interview to assure Lady A fans that this is a break – not a breakup.

“What I think confuses a lot of people outside looking in is that there wasn’t a problem,” she said. “The three of us are closer than we’ve ever been. … But we’ve all sensed this stirring in ourselves to kind of separate for a short amount of time, explore our own individual creativity, whatever that may be … and then re-emerge back together stronger than we’ve ever been. And I can honestly say that’s exactly what’s happened.”

The band announced earlier this month it will kick off a 22-date summer tour May 27 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.