Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are riding the rocket ship of fame as Lady Antebellum -- but would you believe the Grammy-winning country band began as little more than a side project for the trio?
"It kind of started out as we were writing together, becoming friends and this was a little side project, but then it quickly turned into… 'This is our path. This is what we're supposed to be doing,'" singer Hillary tells ET.
"We were really lucky. Our first single ["Love Don't Live Here"] did well and got into the top 5 [on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart], and it kind of set the tone… and people started kind of giving us a chance after we had a little bit of success with that," says Hillary's fellow lead singer Charles.
Success came quickly for the band behind the strength of chart-topping singles such as "Need You Now" and "I Run to You," the latter of which won the group a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The red-hot trio now heads in to American Music Awards tied with Eminem at a leading five nods apiece.
"Y'know for us, I think we just still look at ourselves as a little country band from Nashville, Tennessee, who loves writing songs," says multi-instrumentalist David. "This year has been a wild ride for us and we're just having a blast and kinda holding on."
ET's with the band before they play a benefit show for Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. "Music kind of has such a healing power to put a smile on somebody's face during a pretty tough time, so we figured this would be a great way for us to help," says David.
So, what's the story behind the group's mysterious name? Watch our video to find out!