Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and his brother Josh Kelley admit they were a bit of a handful growing up. Looking back, they give a lot of credit to their mother who was not only patient and giving with her boys, but who also inspired their music careers.
“We were honestly, at times, pretty hard to handle, both of us,” Charles said. “We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor, bang on the drums and the guitar. Mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen.”
Their mother, a majorette in high school and college, learned to play the drums, a skill she passed on to her sons. Early on in their music journey, Charles and Kelley created makeshift drum sets out of their mother’s pots and pans until Mom had enough.
“She was like, ‘Well, it looks like they’ll probably get into this, so she took us to the music store and bought us a drum set and taught us how to play,” Josh said. “I think that actually did make us better musicians. If you’re a good drummer, it makes you better at everything else. It makes you a better singer, a better guitar player, better piano player, because you do everything more percussively, and you deliver everything more percussively.”
“We owe her a lot,” Charles said. “She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”