Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo; Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Georgia). They have achieved major success since their inception and are one of the most successful country music acts of the 2010s. Their 2012 single "Cruise" is the best-selling digital country song of all time in the United States as of January 2014. Florida Georgia Line was formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. In December 2011, they signed a publishing/production/management deal with Big Loud Mountain, Craig Wiseman's (Big Loud Shirt Publishing), Joey Moi's (Mountain View Records), and Kevin "Chief" Zaruk's (Chief Music Management) partnership. Their second EP, It'z Just What We Do, charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. They played on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour, along with acts such as Josh Thompson, Corey Smith, Gary Allan, Justin Moore, and Rodney Atkins. They have also opened for Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Colt Ford, and Dierks Bentley. They just finished their Anything Goes Tour with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.
On July 16, 2012, they signed with Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Label Group. They released their second album, Anything Goes on October 14, 2014.
Both members of Florida Georgia Line grew up and first gained interest in music through church worship services. Brian Kelley, from Ormond Beach, Florida, was a star pitcher on his high school baseball team, leading to a scholarship at Florida State University; he later transferred to Belmont University after it became clear to him he would not succeed in the sport. He began writing music inspired by Christian rock group Casting Crowns. Tyler Hubbard, a native of Monroe, Georgia, was a church worship leader who formed a hip hop group, Ingenious Circuit, in his teens. The two had a myriad of musical interests growing up: "Me and my friends rode trucks, listened to Garth Brooks, Alabama, Lil Wayne and Eminem," said Kelley.
The duo met at Belmont University in 2008 through a campus worship group, and following graduation, decided to give themselves two years to succeed as a country duo. They moved in with one another and began several odd jobs to pay bills, while playing clubs on the weekends. While independent, they recorded and digitally distributed their first EP, Anything Like Me (2010). They were discovered by Nickelback producer Joey Moi at a county fair, and the three began entering the studio together. Unlike typical country music sessions, the group spent days polishing songs, which were collected on the duo's second EP, It'z Just What We Do (2012). In terms of production, the band modeled their sound on bands such as Nickelback, Shinedown, and Three Days Grace, while Moi aimed for each song to resemble hair metal group Def Leppard in structure. Major labels became interested when the song "Cruise" first aired on satellite radio on "The Highway" channel and began selling well on iTunes, leading to a deal with Republic Nashville/Big Machine Label Group.
Florida Georgia Line's first EP, released December 14, 2010, is a 6 song EP produced with Wesley Walker. All of the songs were written by either Hubbard or Hubbard and Kelley. The EP consists of the songs "You're Country", "Now That She's Gone", "Man I Am Today", "Never Let Her Go" (co-written with "Cruise" co-writer Chase Rice), "Black Tears", and "Backwoods Beauty Queen". The song "Black Tears" was also on Jason Aldean's 2012 album Night Train.
The duo's second EP is a 5-song EP produced by Joey Moi on Big Loud Mountain Records and released on May 15, 2012. It starts off with "Cruise" and also includes "Get Your Shine On", "Tip It Back", "Tell Me How You Like It", and the title track "It'z Just What We Do".
The duo's first studio album, Here's to the Good Times, was an 11-song album produced by Joey Moi on Republic Nashville and released on December 4, 2012. The pair's first full-length, Here's to the Good Times, was the sixth-best-selling album of 2013 (topping Drake and Katy Perry, among others) "Cruise", the first single, reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart dated December 15, 2012. A remix of "Cruise" featuring Nelly later hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. FGL's signature hit, "Cruise", holds two major distinctions: the best-selling country digital song of all time, with sales surpassing 7 million; and 24 weeks at #1 on Hot Country Songs, the longest reign in the history of the chart (a tally that dates to 1944).
The album's second single, "Get Your Shine On", was released to country radio on January 21, 2013 and reached #1 on Country Airplay in May 2013. It was co-written by the duo along with Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins. "Round Here" was released as the album's third single on June 3, 2013 and reached #1 on Country Airplay in September 2013. The album's fourth single, "Stay", was released to country radio on October 7, 2013. It was co-written and originally recorded by Black Stone Cherry. It reached #1 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay in December 2013.
A deluxe edition of Here's to the Good Times titled Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll was released on November 25, 2013. "This Is How We Roll", a collaboration with Luke Bryan, was released from the deluxe edition as the album's fifth single on February 10, 2014 and reached #1 on Hot Country Songs in March 2014.
FGL toured the United States as part of the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Thompson Square and headlining act Luke Bryan.
In June 2013, the album reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It stayed at the top spot for ten weeks.
The duo revealed on August 15, 2014, that their second studio album would be titled Anything Goes with a release date of October 14, 2014. The album's first single, "Dirt", was released to country radio and digital sales outlets on July 8, 2014. "Sun Daze" was released to digital sales outlets on September 16, 2014. A week later, the album's title track, "Anything Goes", was released on September 22, 2014. Florida Georgia Line also appeared on the Hot Tours recap. "Confession" released to country radio on November 3, 2015 and reached #1 on Country Airplay in April 2016.
In 2016, FGL became the first and only country artist to receive the Digital Diamond Award, for their single "Cruise" crossing the 10x platinum threshold.
"H.O.L.Y", from a forthcoming album, was released to country radio on April 29, 2016.
On December 16, 2013, Brian married his girlfriend of seven months, Brittney Marie Cole. In February 2014, Hubbard sustained a back injury in a dirt bike accident. On July 1, 2015, Tyler Hubbard married his longtime girlfriend Hayley Stommel.
In 2015, Forbes estimated that Florida Georgia Line's annual income was $36.5 million.
Tyler Hubbard – vocals, guitars (2010–Present)
Brian Kelley – vocals, guitars (2010–Present)
Tom Beaupre – Bass, Vocals
Dan Weller – Keyboards, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Sean Fuller – Drums
Jimmie Deeghan – Rhythm Guitar
Tyler Chiarelli – Lead Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Owen Farrington – Capo on 1st Fret
Here's to the Good Times (2012)
Anything Goes (2014)
Dig Your Roots (2016)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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