The country act now officially known as Lady A has sued a blues, soul and funk singer who says that she has used Lady A as her stage name for two decades.
On June 11, the country trio changed its name to Lady A, saying that they were, in retrospect, "regretful and embarrassed" that they hadn't considered the loaded and racist history of "antebellum." This was despite the fact that journalists had challenged them about it for years.
Shortly after the name change was announced, Anita White, who is a Black artist based in Seattle, emerged to say that she had already been performing under that name for about 20 years. It was an inauspicious beginning for the trio's revamped image.
On June 15, the band posted to Instagram a screenshot of a Zoom call it had with White. "Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had," the trio wrote in part. "We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope." White posted the same message with the same image, on the same day. In its court filing, the group said that they had begun co-writing a song with White.
But that good will evidently soured quite quickly. The day after that happy Instagram post, White gave an emailed interview to Newsday, in which she wrote: "Their camp is trying to erase me and I'll have more to say... Trust is important and I no longer trust them."