Florida Georgia Line

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Florida Georgia Line
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Tyler Hubbard (left) and Brian Kelley (right) at a Walmart interview
Background information
Also known as
  • Tyler "T Hubb" Hubbard
  • Brian "BK" Kelley
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States[1]
Genres
Years active 2010–present
Labels Republic Nashville
Associated acts
Website floridageorgialine.com
Members

Florida Georgia Line is an American bro-country duo consisting of vocalists 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.[5] Their 2012 single "Cruise" is the best-selling digital country song of all time in the United States as of January 2014.[6] Florida Georgia Line was formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] 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.[7] 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.[8]

On July 16, 2012, they signed with Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Label Group.[9] They released their second album, Anything Goes on October 14, 2014, and their third, Dig Your Roots, was released on August 26, 2016.

History[edit]

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.[10] He began writing music inspired by Christian rock group Casting Crowns.[11] 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.[11]

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.[10][12] While independent, they recorded and digitally distributed their first EP, Anything Like Me (2010).[10] They were discovered by Nickelback producer Joey Moi at a county fair, and the three began entering the studio together.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11]

Musical career[edit]

Florida Georgia Line on Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour, 2014

2010: Anything Like Me[edit]

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.[13]

2012–13: It'z Just What We Do and Here's to the Good Times[edit]

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".[14]

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).[15] "Cruise", the first single, reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart dated December 15, 2012.[16] 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 Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart, the longest reign in the history of the chart (a tally that dates to 1944).[15]

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.[17] "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.[18]

In June 2013, the album reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[19] It stayed at the top spot for ten weeks.

2014–2015: Anything Goes[edit]

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.[20] 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.[21] "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.[22][23]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2016, Florida Georgia Line came under fire when they banned law enforcement from being backstage before, during and after their concerts in Wisconsin and Iowa. Due to the recent police shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights; many outraged fans claimed the band was anti-police after their treatment towards law enforcement. The band later asked for a police escort leaving their concert, but had their request denied by various agencies due to their comments.[24]

It was later reported that prior to the concert, the band requested not to have law enforcement personnel backstage. Their request was denied by the music festival management team because of security concerns.[25] In the aftermath of the incident, Brian Kelley called Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and apologized, calling it a misunderstanding.[26] The band later made a statement via Twitter that said, "we want you to know that we have nothing but love and respect for the police. We are bummed anyone ever got a different impression." [27]

Personal lives[edit]

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.[28] On July 1, 2015, Tyler Hubbard married his longtime girlfriend Hayley Stommel.[29][30]

In 2015, Forbes estimated that Florida Georgia Line's annual income was $36.5 million.[31]

Main singers[edit]

  • Tyler Hubbard – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano (2010–present)
  • Brian Kelley – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (2010–present)

Band members[edit]

  • Tom Beaupre – Bass, Vocals
  • Dan Weller – Keyboards, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Sean Fuller – Drums
  • Jimmie Deeghan – Rhythm Guitar
  • Tyler Chiarelli – Lead Guitar, Dobro, Vocals

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining
Supporting

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2013 Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line Won
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Won
Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "Cruise" Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Duo Video of the Year Won
Breakthrough Video of the Year Won
Nationwide On Your Side Award Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Group Nominated
Choice Country Song "Cruise" Nominated
Choice Summer Song "Cruise (Remix) (feat. Nelly)" Nominated
Choice Summer Music Star: Group Florida Georgia Line Nominated
CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
Vocal Duo of the Year Won
Single of the Year "Cruise" Won
Vocal Event of the Year "Cruise (Remix) (feat. Nelly)" Nominated
American Music Awards New Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Nominated
Favorite Country Album Here's to the Good Times Nominated
Single of the Year "Cruise (Remix) (feat. Nelly)" Won
2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Duo/Group Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Top Country Artist Nominated
Top Country Song "Cruise" Won
Top Country Album Here's to the Good Times Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year "This Is How We Roll (feat. Luke Bryan)" Nominated
Duo Video of the Year "Round Here" Won
"Stay" Nominated
Collaborative Video of the Year "This Is How We Roll (feat. Luke Bryan)" Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Group Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Choice Country Song "This Is How We Roll (feat. Luke Bryan)" Won
Canadian Country Music Association Top Selling Album Here's to the Good Times Won
CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line Won
American Music Awards Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Won
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Country Group Nominated
ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Vocal Duo of the Year Won
Single Record of the Year "Dirt" Nominated
Vocal Event of the Year "The South"
(feat. The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli)
Nominated
"This is How We Roll" (feat. Luke Bryan) Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Duo/Group Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Top Country Artist Won
Top Country Song "This is How We Roll" (feat. Luke Bryan) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Artist Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Choice Country Song "Sippin' On Fire" Nominated
CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line Won
American Music Awards Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group Won
Favorite Country Album Anything Goes Won
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Country Group Florida Georgia Line Nominated
ACM Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line Won
American Country Countdown Awards Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line Nominated
Duo of the Year Won
Digital Album of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year "Sippin On Fire" Nominated
Group/Duo Video of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music - Country Song "H.O.L.Y." Nominated

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "It'z Just What We Do by Florida Georgia Line". Country Weekly. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
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  21. ^ Bob Allen (2015-02-27). "Foo Fighters, Florida Georgia Line & Romeo Santos Lead Hot Tours Ranking". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
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  24. ^ "Florida Georgia Line insist they're not anti-police after denying law enforcement backstage access at 2 shows". Fox News. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  25. ^ "Florida Georgia Line Requests No Cops Backstage — So Here's How Police Respond to Their Request for Escort". Fox News. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
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  27. ^ "Florida Georgia Line insist they're not anti-police after denying law enforcement backstage access at 2 shows". Fox News. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  28. ^ "Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line Recovering from Back Injury Sustained in Dirt Bike Crash". The Country Vibe. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  29. ^ Anderson, Danielle. "Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Marries Hayley Stommel". People.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  30. ^ "Brian Kelley Marries Brittney Marie Cole". People.com. 16 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "Florida Georgia Line". Forbes. 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 

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