Lady A’s Charles Kelley Pens Farewell Letter to Alcohol [LISTEN]

Charles Kelley is officially done with drinking. The Lady A member, who announced in early August that he was working on getting sober, recently dropped a new song, “As Far As You Could,” as a farewell letter to alcohol.

“This song is my goodbye letter to alcohol… I wrote ‘As Far As You Could’ with my band mate Dave [Haywood] & the talented Jimmy Robbins and this is the demo,” Kelley shared. “This song was very therapeutic to write & I hope it can meet someone where they are.”

“As Far As You Could” says in part, “You gave me the courage the night I met my wife / You helped me make her laugh ‘til you helped me make her cry / You started out a friend / Turned into something else / Now I like who I am with you sittin’ on the shelf / ‘Cause you took me high / But you sure as hell brought me down / We said goodbye / But I’m gonna see you around / And to tell the truth / I thought I never would / But it’s time I finally put you down for good / Cause you’ve taken me as far as you could.”

In a joint statement, Lady A announced they were postponing their Request Line Tour while Kelley worked on getting sober.

“Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a hard but important decision to make,” Kelley, Haywood and Hillary Scott said. “We are a band, but more importantly…we’re family. We’re proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety. So, right now in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, 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,” they continue. “We’re grateful for your patience. This update is coming in real time, but in the coming days, your point of purchase will be in touch with new ticket information. We’re looking forward to making 2023 our best year yet! With love, Lady A.”

One week after announcing the Request Line Tour was being postponed, Kelley returned to social media to thank the trio’s fans for their support and encouragement.

“I want to thank everyone who has shown me so much support and encouragement so far on my journey of sobriety,” Kelley said at the time. “Y’alls kind words have meant the world to me and really lifted me up over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to get back on the road with Lady A next year. Getting on that stage and being able to see, hear and feel everything through a clearer lens is going to be a gift that I won’t take for granted. ⁣⁣I’m grateful for this time to focus on my family and my health.⁣⁣”

Currently, Lady A’s next concert is scheduled for March 10 in Dublin, Ireland. Find music and tour dates at

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