Dave Haywood

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Dave Haywood
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Dave Haywood
Background information
Birth name David Wesley Haywood
Born (1982-07-05) July 5, 1982 (age 32)
Augusta, Georgia
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Piano
Mandolin
Years active 2006–present
Labels Capitol Nashville
Associated acts Lady Antebellum

David Wesley "Dave" Haywood (born July 5, 1982)[1] is an American country music singer. He is one-third of the band Lady Antebellum, in which he plays piano, guitar and mandolin, and sings backing vocals.

Haywood's father, Van, is a dental instructor/dentist who invented a teeth-whitening method(originally discovered by Dr. Bill Klusmeier) and his mother Angie is a teacher. Both are involved in music in their church.[2]

Haywood's mother taught him to play piano and his father taught him to play guitar. Their family sang and played instruments together as he was growing up. He also sang in Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church's youth choir called Love Unlimited where he served as the president during his senior year of high school.[3]

Dave and his family lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for about a decade when his father taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry. In 1993, the Haywood's moved back to Augusta.[4] Haywood first met Charles Kelley at Riverside Middle School in Evans, Georgia. He was in a jazz band with Charles's brother Josh Kelley when he attended Lakeside High School and graduated in 2000. He attended college at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2004.[5] Haywood formed the country music group Lady Antebellum in 2006 in Nashville, TN along with Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott.[6]

Besides writing for Lady Antebellum, Haywood co-wrote Luke Bryan's 2009 single "Do I"[7] and the track "Love Song" on Miranda Lambert's album Revolution.[8] In 2004, he engineered and produced, co-wrote and sang harmony vocals on a CD for Mary Bragg titled Certain Simple Things.[9]

Lady Antebellum[edit]

In 2005, Haywood would meet up with Kelley, his old middle school classmate, every other weekend in Atlanta, Georgia to write songs together. Kelley convinced Haywood to move to Nashville in 2006 to write songs together and to help Kelley to become a successful solo country artist. Haywood quit his job in Atlanta and moved to Nashville to focus on music full-time. Shortly after, Hillary Scott recognized Kelley at a bar in Nashville from Kelley's MySpace page that Haywood had created. Kelley invited Scott to join him and Haywood to write songs together which lead to them creating the new group, in which they named Lady Antebellum. Fans have since nicknamed the group Lady A. Haywood acted as the band's booking agent as they performed in bars and everywhere they could to get noticed. Haywood also created the band's first website. [10]

Lady Antebellum made their debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone” before signing to Capitol Records Nashville.[11] On October 2, 2007, they released the single, "Love Don't Live Here". It peaked at Number 3 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008. Their self-titled debut album Lady Antebellum was released on April 15, 2008. On its first week of release, it became the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[12] They released their second single "Lookin' for a Good Time" in June 2008 and it peaked at Number 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart in December 2008.

They also contributed to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack with the song "I Was Here", which peaked at Number 24 based on downloads on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. In addition, in December 2008, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" peaked at Number 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. In January 2009, their third official single, "I Run to You", was released. It became Lady Antebellum's first Number 1 in July 2009 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Their album Lady Antebellum was certified double platinum by RIAA.[13]

Lady Antebellum released their fourth single "Need You Now" in August 2009 which is the title track of their second album Need You Now. The song became their second Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in November 2009 and stayed on top for five weeks. It also peaked at Number 1 Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2010. Their fifth single "American Honey" was released in January 11, 2010 and became their third Number 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in April 2010.

Their second album Need You Now was released on January 26, 2010, which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and Number 1 on Billboard Top 100 Albums chart with first week sales of 480,922 copies. Need You Now has since been certified 5 times platinum by RIAA.[14]

Their sixth single, "Our Kind of Love" was released in May 2010 and became their fourth Number 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2010. Their seventh single "Hello World" was released in October 2010 and peaked at Number 6 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in April 2011.

On May 2, 2011, they released their eighth single, "Just a Kiss", which is the first single from their third album, Own The Night. " It debuted at Number 7 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the highest debut for a country group in the chart's history and selling over 211,000 digital copies during its first week of release.[15] "Just A Kiss" became their fifth Number 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs in August 2011.

On September 13, 2011, they released their third album Own the Night, which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and Number 1 on Billboard Top 100 Albums chart with first week sales of 347,479 copies.[16]

On August 12, 2011, they released their ninth single "We Owned the Night" which is the second single from the Own the Night album.[17] "We Owend the Night" peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. The third single from Own the Night, "Dancing Away with My Heart was released on December 12, 2011. It peaked at Number Two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Their eleventh single "Wanted You More" was released on May 7, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

On December 19, 2011, Dave became engaged to Kelli Cashiola after 7 months of dating.[18] They have been friends for more than 5 years. Dave and Kelli married on April 14, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee[19] On April 21, 2014, Dave and Kelli announced that they are expecting a baby boy in September 2014. [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ihopeidiebeforeigetold.com/rock-star-birthdays-in-july.php
  2. ^ Thompson, Gayle (29 May 2009). "Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Has a Reason to Smile". The Boot. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Zureick, Erin (14 November 2010). "Lady Antebellum: Before they were famous". 
  4. ^ http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-11-14/lady-antebellum-they-were-famous
  5. ^ Zureick, Erin (14 November 2010). "Lady Antebellum: Before they were famous". 
  6. ^ Monger, James Christopher (7 January 2008). "Lady Antebellum". 
  7. ^ Talbott, Chris (18 April 2010). "Lady A wins 2, while Lambert's 2 includes album". Sign On San Diego. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Love Song". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mary Bragg". 
  10. ^ Wayland, Sarah (11 September 2011). "Backstory: Lady Antebellum to Premiere on GAC". 
  11. ^ Films, Fresh (26 June 2007). "Never Alone - Lady Antebellum w Jim Brickman". 
  12. ^ Glassman, Emily (25 April 2008). "Lady Antebellum Debuts with Record-Breaking Digital Sales". 
  13. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (3 February 2010). "Lady Antebellum Storms the Charts with 'Need You Now'". 
  15. ^ Conaway, Alanna (17 May 2011). "Lady Antebellum’s ‘Just a Kiss’ Makes Billboard Chart History". 
  16. ^ Morris, Edward (24 September 2011). "Lady Antebellum Album Hits No. 1 in a Big Way". 
  17. ^ Dukes, Billy (15 August 2011). "Lady Antebellum, ‘We Owned the Night’ – Song Review". 
  18. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/lady_antebellums_dave_haywood_engaged/282019
  19. ^ Taste of Country (14 April 2014). "Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Marries Kelli Cashiola". 
  20. ^ http://twitter.com/ladyantebellum/status/458300638125109248

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