Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line announced at the start of the New Year that they will be exploring solo endeavors, and Hubbard already has his first project lined up. On January 13, he and Tim McGraw will release a collaboration called “Undivided.” The singers will also release a behind-the-scenes video, and the tune will be part of the deluxe version of McGraw’s Here On Earth album. Hubbard first teased the project with an Instagram post on January 3rd.
“Me and Tim been up to something special,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to share with y’all. #undivided.”
McGraw also shared the studio snap on his page, writing, “Can’t wait to show you what @tylerhubbard and I have been workin on #undivided.”
According to a press release, the song is about spreading love, and Hubbard wrote the tune while quarantining on his bus in his driveway after testing positive for COVID-19.
The news of the collab comes days after the duo posted a video on social media announcing that they’d be going to pause FGL temporarily to explore solo music. The duo does have a new album called Life Rolls On coming out on February 12, but Brian Kelley explained that soon after recording the album last year, he started writing his own music.
“I know nobody knows this probably, but me and you have had conversations three or four years ago, and this has kind of been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Kelley to Hubbard and the viewers. “I kind of feel like I started writing an album once I started writing again in August. I had a couple of songs that I started writing and felt like, ‘Maybe I’m supposed to sing these and have a project, or have an outlet for these to come on.’”
He also added that he received Hubbard’s full approval to explore making music on his own.
“I just got back to writing for myself and I just haven’t gotten to do that,” he shared. “I feel really fulfilled and having your blessing means everything.”
Although Hubbard and Kelley are going out on their own for a while, they stressed that this hiatus doesn’t mean they are breaking up. They assured fans that they’ll still be going on tour together and they’ll still release new Florida Georgia Line music.
“We’re gonna obviously be on tour and we’re going to be singing all of the hits you guys love and trying to create more,” said Hubbard. “But in the meantime, it’s a beautiful time to be in a place, like BK said, to be able to venture out and to have a voice of our own and have individuality a little bit.”
“Just to clarify, FGL’s not ‘breaking up,’ so anyone who says that, you can just tell them that, from the mouth of Tyler and BK, we’re not breaking up,” he added.
Tim McGraw’s Here on Earth Deluxe release is expected in the spring of 2021.