HitFix Mix: Lady Antebellum is paging Channing Tatum for ‘Freestyle’

10.16.14 3 years ago

Lady Antebellum just released their new album “747” and have a song on the soundtrack to “The Best of Me.” There's a lot of noise out there, so their newest single “Freestyle” could use a leg up, too.

So, Channing Tatum, what say you?

In our interview this month — ahead of tomorrow's release of the Nicholas Sparks romance adaptation “The Best of Me” — multi-Grammy Award-winning Lady A was brainstorming some talent hey could bring into their music video world. Tony Hale and Kate Upton co-starred in the trio's smash country hit “Bartender” this summer, for instance.

Coming up with the tune for this week's Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden-starring feature didn't come totally out of left field.

The group “didn't have any of the visuals,” said Dave Haywood, when they were approached to write a song for the movie earlier this year. But he, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley were already in the zone of writing every day for “747.” (And it doesn't hurt that the group was fans of Sparks' stories, too.)

Scott said the process for making “747,” felt altogether different because Lady A wanted this effort to be different, from all its other efforts.

“This record especially, we put so much time and thought and heart into making it different, and something that the fans would hear different from us,” she said. “Just to see the response so far has been so affirming.”

If you're curious about what lights each members' fire musically, you're in luck. The next three songs are hand-selected tracks from Lady Antebellum, for this week's HitFix Mixtape.

Charles Kelley recommends: Haim, “If I Could Change Your Mind”

Hillary Scott recommends: Kacey Musgraves, “It Is What It Is”

Dave Haywood recommends: Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”

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