Now, wanting to give back, the country trio have donated $200,000 to hurricane relief efforts through their charity LadyAID — which was established in 2012 to help support those in need locally, nationally and globally.
They’re also teaming with MusiCares, a charity established by the Recording Academy, and United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló, to assure the funds go to a good cause.
Fans can get in on the ongoing relief efforts by contributing at LadyAID.org. A portion of every ticket sold on Lady Antebellum’s tour will also go to Puerto Rico relief efforts through LadyAID.
Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 with ferocious 155-mph winds that ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused flooding that made many streets look like raging rivers. The most powerful storm of its kind to hit the island since 1932, it ravaged the island and left millions without homes.
Electricity has been knocked out completely, with residents in need of electricity having to rely on backup generators. Experts estimate it could take half a year to restore power to the 3.5 million people who live there. Cell phone service has also been completely shut down.
“This is total devastation,” Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor, told CNN. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same… This is something of historic proportions.”
The storm has claimed at least 16 lives in Puerto Rico so far, the Associated Press reports. Experts estimate that without electricity and supplies, that number could increase to thousands.
“We are just completely heartbroken to see the devastation,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott said in a statement. “We want to do everything we can to support this incredible place and these incredible people. We just hope and pray for their safety and that rebuilding happens quickly. We encourage everyone to give whatever they can to help.”
“I’m single for the summer / I won’t rebound / One lover to another or be tied down,” the song’s lyrics go. “I’m sleepin’ like a queen in the California King I’m in / I think it’s time to take a heart break.”