Plus: The Lady A singer talks about her solo project, and whom daughter Eisele behaves for the most (hint: it's not mom!)

By Nancy Kruh
July 21, 2016 03:00 PM
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In the weeks since Hillary Scott revealed that a miscarriage last fall inspired her new Christian single, “Thy Will,” the public response has been simply “overwhelming.”

The Lady Antebellum singer told PEOPLE exclusively that she is receiving messages in the “dozens every single day” from people in similar circumstances.

“It’s an unlimited number of prayer requests that I feel like I’m getting on a daily basis,” said Scott, 30. “It has been such an incredible way to feel connected to people all over the world. I feel like our hearts are in it together.”

The outpouring, Scott said, also has gone a great distance in helping her own healing.

“Dates are hard,” she admitted. “Like, I would have been due in April. April was tough. But … I’m really okay. I’m really at peace. I can honestly say I am already seeing the beauty from the ashes, exponentially more than I thought I ever would just through the connection with others and knowing that this song, in particular, has met them right where they needed it. And I’m okay with that. I can accept what happened, and I know that it’s okay, and I know that I’m going to see that baby one day, and that is the ultimate peace.”

“Thy Will” is just one of 13 tracks on Love Remains, the long-awaited album project that Scott and her musical family recorded while Lady A was on a months-long hiatus; the record, produced by Ricky Skaggs, is set for a July 29 release.

Joining forces with singer/songwriter dad Lang Scott, Grammy-winning mom Linda Davis (Reba McEntire‘s duet partner in the 1993 smash “Does He Love You”), and 15-year-old sister, Rylee, Scott has turned in an uplifting mix of contemporary Christian standards, classics, and original material. Besides “Thy Will,” Scott also co-wrote “Safe Haven,” a love letter to her beloved paternal grandfather. His death, from cancer in 2011, was what eventually moved the family to respond with this album.

After nine years of recording and touring with Lady A, Scott said, Love Remains finally gave her family the chance to make up “for so much lost time,” as well as a chance to return to the singing of her childhood. Scott’s first on-stage memory with her mom was a duet of “Amazing Grace” at age 5. During three years in high school and college, Scott also teamed with her parents in a Christmas show at Nashville’s Opryland resort.

This time around in the studio, Scott said, harmonizing with her parents “was kind of like riding a bike,” though she confessed that her mother’s vocal acrobatic skills presented its challenges. “It was like – ‘Okay, Mom, how do you phrase the word, “Lord”?’ – because she can obviously add a bunch of syllables into a one-syllable word when she sings. So it was just having to follow all of that.”

And this time around, the trio became a full-fledged quartet with the addition of Scott’s teenage sister, a budding vocal talent whom Scott said is becoming “one of my best friends.” Scott is hoping Rylee goes into the family business, though her talents hardly begin and end with singing: She’s also “the best nanny” to Eisele, Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell’s daughter who turns 3 on Friday. “Eisele behaves better for her than for me or my mom or my husband,” Scott said, “so she’s awesome!”

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Since its release in April, “Thy Will” has been getting much stronger radio play among Christian stations than country stations, but Scott said she harbors no disappointment. “My goal, my heart for this whole project was for it to get heard,” she said. “However it gets heard, I am really okay with … I’m just over the moon excited that people are getting to hear it, that it’s touching people’s hearts, that it’s doing really incredibly well on the Christian chart. I’m happy.”

And she assured fans that Lady Antebellum is starting to gear up for their next album. “We’re already writing and working on new music and have the whole fall blocked off” to be in the studio, she said.

From their months apart, Scott said, the trio has reaped blessings besides their individual projects (Charles Kelley also recorded an album and Dave Haywood pursued producing opportunities).

“When you live with someone like we’ve lived with each other for a decade straight, it’s only natural that you start to take them for granted, their strengths, their friendship, all the things that we are for each other,” she said. “I’ve never been more grateful, not only for the career and the team around us that helped us build that career, but for my friends, my ‘brothers.’ … I’m very, very proud to say that we balance each other out in a really beautiful way, and we appreciate each other more now.”

So, will glimmers of their outside projects show up in a Lady A concert? Scott already sees the possibilities. “We haven’t had this conversation yet,” she said, “but I feel like it would be really cool in the next tour that we’re planning right now to show a little bit of that. … I feel like the fans would want to see that, [and] it would creatively be fun for us to do it.”