Blues singer Anita White has asked to retain the name Lady A in the media and in court. But now she’s put her plea to the beat of a song. The Seattle-based singer released a new single titled My Name is All I Got this week to demand she be allowed to keep the name she’s used since the 1990s.
The band formerly known as Lady Antebellum changed its name over the summer to Lady A. They wanted to distance themselves from the Antebellum era, the period of slavery in the South prior to the Civil War. Members of the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks changed their name as well to just The Chicks.
In the song, White repeats the line “They tried to take my name / But my name is all I got.”
Later she belts out, “I’ve come too far to turn around / I can’t, I won’t stop now / They keep trying to make me insane / But my name is all I’ve got.”
White said in July that she felt the band was trying to use their fame to bully her. But she wasn’t going to kowtow to pressure.
“They want to change the narrative by minimizing my voice, by belittling me, and by not telling the entire truth,” she told Rolling Stone. “I don’t think of myself as a victim, but I’ve worked too long and too hard to just walk away and say I’ll share the name with them. They want to appropriate something I used for decades. Just because I don’t have 40 million fans or $40 million, that should not matter.”
White and Band Are Suing Each Other Over Lady A Name
Who owns the name Lady A will likely end up being decided by a court. The band sued White this summer after they said she demanded $10 million to stop using the name Lady A. In their lawsuit, the band says their fans have called them Lady A for years. They also trademarked the name in 2011, Taste of Country reported.
White said she did ask for $10 million. The money, she said according to Taste of Country, would be split between her rebranding efforts and charities.
She filed a countersuit. She claims she has a common law trademark on Lady A since she has used it commercially for decades.
Lady A said they chose the name Lady Antebellum when they first formed 14 years ago. But they weren’t thinking about the history of the word at that time. They apologized for any offense the name could have caused anyone.