Lady Antebellum Joined By Adorable Special Guests During ‘What I’m Leaving For’ Performance Lady Antebellum’s latest single, “What I’m Leaving For,” took on a whole new meaning on Sunday when the trio…


Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

April 6, 2020


10:34 am

Share on:

Lady Antebellum; Photo Courtesy of CBS/ACM Presents: Our Country

Lady Antebellum’s latest single, “What I’m Leaving For,” took on a whole new meaning on Sunday when the trio performed the heartfelt song during the ACM Presents: Our Country special on CBS.

Dedicating the emotional track to everyone on the front lines during the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic, Lady A’s Hillary Scott introduced their performance, saying, “We want to sing this next song and specifically dedicate it to all of our doctors, our nurses, our first responders, everyone who is in the medical field truly risking their lives to keep us healthy and to keep us safe.”

Before being joined by her bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, Scott went on to explain the meaning behind the song.

“This song is about walking out of your house and leaving your family to go do what you know that you’re called to do and sometimes that is not an easy thing and right now is not an easy thing,” she said. “We just wanna say thank you so much for your sacrifice.”

Haywood and Kelley then appeared from their separate homes and were joined by their sons, Ward Kelley and Cash Haywood. The boys smiled and swayed along (and sometimes made some silly faces) while the band delivered a stunning performance of the song.

“What I’m Leaving For” is the latest single from Lady Antebellum’s new album, Ocean. The song was co-written by Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath and Laura Veltz.

ACM Presents: Our Country aired on Sunday (April 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. The two-hour special also included performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and many more. The show also showcased clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.

Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.