People Country Features Lady A And Matraca Berg

Lady Antebellum and Matraca Berg are among the artists highlighted in the latest issue of People Country, now on news stands.

Lady A, who just released their third album, Own the Night, opened up their Nashville-area homes to People Country for an exclusive look.

First time homeowners Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood were thoughtful before taking up occupancy. Scott consulted both her family and her fianceé, drummer Chris Tyrrell, before purchasing her 3,400-sq- ft. bungalow. “It’s my sanctuary, where I come and feel safe and calm and relaxed,” she says. Members Kelley and Haywood invested in slightly smaller spaces. “It’s not too big, so it’s manageable and perfect for us,” Kelley says about his 2,700-sq- ft. colonial. Meanwhile, Haywood’s 900-sq.-ft. urban loft features a windowless bedroom “so when I get off the bus, I can grab a few more hours of sleep in the middle of the day if I need to,” he says.

The trio purchased their homes following the success of CMA Single of the Year “Need You Now.”

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No stranger to CMA Awards, Matraca Berg is enjoying the success of her song “You & Tequila.” The song, now a hit recorded by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter, was written by Berg years earlier and has earned her a CMA Song of the Year Nomination.

Berg is humble about her recognition. “You don’t think about those things,” says the 2009 Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee. “Growing up around Music Row, that can’t be the reason you do it…I just try to catch moments in a jar, get them right, hope it makes the people singing and hearing the song feel it, too.”

Berg has also written songs sung by Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Dusty Springfield and Linda Ronstadt. Her songs also appear on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Grammy-winning Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol 3.

Berg originally recorded “You & Tequila” on her Dreaming Fields album. The original recording is available here for download courtesy of People Country.

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