David Wesley Haywood
is an American country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...
singer. He is one-third of the band Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum is an American country pop music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Charles Kelley , Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott .The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone", before signing to Capitol...
, in which he plays piano, guitar and mandolin, and sings backing vocals.
Haywood's father, Van, is a dental instructor/dentist
A dentist, also known as a 'dental surgeon', is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. The dentist's supporting team aides in providing oral health services...
who invented a teeth-whitening method and his mother Angie is a teacher. Both are involved in music in their church.
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.
Dave and his family lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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for about a decade when his father taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States...
's School of Dentistry. In 1993, the Haywood's moved back to Augusta. Haywood first met Charles Kelley
Charles Burgess Kelley is an American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum, a country rock trio formed in 2006 and signed to Capitol Nashville.-Early life and career:...
at Riverside Middle School in Evans, GA. He was in a jazz band with Charles's brother Josh Kelley
Joshua Bishop "Josh" Kelley is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Kelley has recorded for Hollywood Records, Threshold Records and DNK Records as a pop rock artist, and has had four hit singles on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart...
when he attended Lakeside High School and graduated in 2000. He attended college at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2004. Haywood formed the country music group Lady Antebellum in 2006 in Nashville, TN along with Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott.
Besides writing for Lady Antebellum, Haywood co-wrote Luke Bryan
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's 2009 single "Do I
"Do I" is a song co-written and recorded by country music artist Luke Bryan. It is the lead-off single to his second studio album Doin' My Thing...
" and the track "Love Song" on Miranda Lambert
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's album Revolution
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. In 2004, he engineered and produced, co-wrote and sang harmony vocals on a CD for Mary Bragg titled Certain Simple Things.
In 2005, Haywood would meet up with Kelley, his old middle-school classmate, every other weekend in Atlanta, GA 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, GA and moved to Nashville, TN 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.
Lady Antebellum made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone” before signing to Capitol Records Nashville. 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. 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 the 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.
Lady Antebellum released their fourth single "Need You Now" in August 2009 which is the title track of their sophomore 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 sophomore 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.
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 seventh 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. "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.
On August 12, 2011, they have released their current and ninth single "We Owned the Night" which is the second single from the Own the Night