Lady Antebellum‘s Rebuilding Henryville benefit raised $285,000 for tornado relief efforts in the Indiana town Wednesday. The band performed a concert in nearby Louisville, KY to benefit Henryville, which was devastated by a tornado in April. Juniors and seniors from Henryville High School were guests of honor at Lady A’s concert after attending a special charity ball the band hosted for them at the venue.
Lady A’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott surprised the students at the prom event with a short acoustic set. Charles and Hillary brought up students to dance with them on “Dancin’ Away with My Heart.” They followed it up with their signature hit “Need You Now,” but added a little warning to the song’s lyrics. When they sang the line, “I’m a little drunk and I need you now,” Hillary followed it up telling the teenagers, “You better not be!” Charles added, “No drinking in high school!”
As for the dance music played at the prom, Charles requested LMFAO‘s “Sexy & I Know It,” which was played a few times. He actually DJ’d a bit in high school too and often played the early-90s Sir Mix-A-Lot hit “Baby Got Back.”
“The teachers always came over there and made me cut it off halfway through,” Charles says with a laugh.
Of note, the Henryville High School students got to dance to “Baby Got Back” at the prom with no interference from their teachers.
Earlier in the day, Lady A actually went to Henryville to see the storm damage and see the new gymnasium currently under construction at the high school. Actually being in Henryville really drove home the reason for this event for Hillary.
She tells ABC News Radio, “I think it definitely has much more of an impact whenever you walk the grounds and see the wires hanging from the roof and all of the exposed electrical and the destruction.”
Hillary is also encouraged by Henryville’s resilience in the face of such disaster, and she thinks the rebuilding of the high school gym is a big move forward for the community.
Hillary says, “This has to be such a ray of hope, you know, and that things are going to get back to normal.”
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