Lady A postpones tour to support bandmate Charles Kelley on sobriety journey: ‘We’re family’

by Tiffany Goldstein

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Country trio Lady A have postponed their upcoming nationwide tour to support the bandmate Charles Kelley on his sobriety journey.

The Grammy Award-winning group announced the news early Thursday (August 4) morning on social media, stating that Request a line tour will be moved to 2023 to give Kelley the time he needs to focus on himself and his health.

“We have decided to postpone our Request Line Tour until next year. Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a tough but important decision to make,” the hitmakers wrote. “We are a band, but more importantly…we are family. We are proud to say that Charles has begun a journey to sobriety.”

Lead singer Hillary Scott and guitarist Dave Haywood confirmed that they would be glued to Kelley’s side every step of the way.

“So right now to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together. It’s early on this road but we are determined to do what will best set us up for many more years together. We are grateful for your patience,” they explained.

The trip was supposed to begin in August. 13 in Nashville, and they were also scheduled to play the Memphis Botanic Garden on Aug. 20, 2022. Lady A guaranteed that ticket holders would be contacted soon with new information.

Despite the sudden cancellation, Lady A is optimistic about the bright future ahead.

“This update is coming in real time, but in the coming days your point of purchase will be in touch with new ticket information,” they stated. “We look forward to making 2023 our best year yet!”

This isn’t the first time Kelley has spoken out about her struggle with sobriety. In 2019, the group released a vulnerable ballad titled “Be patient with my love.” The moving melody lives on on their critically acclaimed record”Ocean” and touches on the obstacles Kelley has faced over the years.

“That was my autobiography right there,” Kelley previously shared PEOPLE. “Just really struggling with my drinking, struggling with my spirituality and what I really wanted to get out of this life and just bored,” he added.

Earlier this week, Kelley informally announced he was “quitting drinking” while promoting Breland’s forthcoming single “Told You I Could Drink”, featuring Lady A. The long-awaited track will be released on Friday, Aug. 5.

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