Forming his own label called Nashville South Records and describing himself as a “Beach Cowboy,” Kelley is now well on his way to a blast of new music — and some of it has leaked out. The FGL duo of Kelly and Hubbard first revealed intentions to pursue separate projects in January, and Kelley says his vision is centered around a “vibe and state of mind.”
Making an announcement via Billboard, the hit maker also teased his new project in a video on social media, featuring sandy scenes of himself and his wife Brittney, plus a Flamenco-style guitar riff. Meanwhile, Brittney apparently shared a few snippets of the new music on her Instagram stories, which were reposted by an FGL fan account. The tunes feature the beat-heavy style of strutting country pop FGL fans have come to know since 2012, plus a beachy attitude and a bit of Latin flavor.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level,” Kelley says in a statement. “This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind — get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”
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“We are honored that Brian Kelley chose WMN as home to his solo endeavors,” says Warner Music Nashville EVP A&R, Cris Lacy. “I’ve been an FGL believer from day one, and BK’s clear vision for himself and his upcoming project is a testament to his heart, soul, and talent. His new music is the perfect antidote to 2020, and what an incredible way to start 2021!”
There’s no word on when the music will arrive, but Kelley’s news comes after his FGL partner has already released two solo songs — one with Tim McGraw (“Undivided”) and another with rising crossover rapper Lathan Warlick (“My Way”). Both stars intend to keep Florida Georgia Line together, though, and hope to tour together later this year. They recently appeared on Chase Rice’s “Drinking Beer. Talking God. Amen.” And are currently inside the Top 5 at country radio with “Long Live,” off their February-released album, Life Rolls On.