Soul singer Lady A—real name Anita White—has released a new single, “My Name is All I Got.”
On the spirited blues number, White sings about the importance of holding on to her identity and persona. “Oh they tryin’ / To take my name / But my name is / All I got,” croons White on the song’s refrain. Elsewhere in the song, she acknowledges the “true allyship” of white artists who have supported black musicians, such as Margo Price and Chris Stapleton. She closes out the song with a quote from soul icon Bettye Lavette, declaring “you take our culture, our music, our artistry… leave us our name.”
The track appears to reference an ongoing legal battle between White and the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum over the use of the stage name Lady A. Back in July, the band announced their decision to change their name to Lady A due to strong associations between the word “antebellum” and pre-Civil War American history, a period defined by the institution of slavery. Per Rolling Stone, attempted negotiations fell through between the trio and White, who had been already performing as Lady A for decades, leading to a legal battle over usage of the name that is still ongoing.
Listen to “My Name is All I Got” below: