They wake up early and stay up late. They work hard during the day and party hard at night. They headline a show for a few hundred today, and open a show for 20,000 people tomorrow. Today’s performance time is in the evening, and after making an all-night bus ride, they perform in the morning tomorrow. Their talent is raw yet polished, undeniable yet undiscovered, while their sound is familiar yet distinctive. Yes, it’s the life of an up-and-coming artist…learning, growing, and getting better each and every day.
[box type=”shadow” ] “It’s such a blessing that we get to do this for a living,” Tyler Hubbard says. [/box]
Hubbard, a Monroe, Georgia native, along with close friend Brian Kelley, of Ormond Beach, Florida, together making up the duo Florida Georgia Line, recently released their debut EP, ‘It’z Just What We Do,’ on May 15, and they’ve been playing, performing and talking to anyone who will listen. And as the days and weeks go on, more people are listening.
The two met as students at Belmont University in Nashville, which has spawned some majorly successful country music acts over the years. Through a mutual friend, they discovered their equaled passion for music and for songwriting, and shortly after meeting for the first time, Brian and Tyler began writing, playing, and divulging themselves fully into their music.
[box type=”shadow” ] “It was just one of those things that clicked right away,” Brian recalls. “We each knew what the other wanted to do with our music, and we would bounce ideas off each other and feed off each other.” [/box]
And in no time at all, they had a group name that represents who they are and where they’re from, and they have written dozens of songs, five of which appear on ‘It’z Just What We Do.’ Their lead single, “Cruise,” has become a feel-good summertime song about having fun and loving life, which is the trend of the entire EP, which also includes songs like “Tip It Back” and “Tell Me How You Like It.”
[box type=”shadow” ] “When we wrote “Cruise,” we didn’t actually mean for it necessarily be a summertime song,” Tyler admits. “But that’s the way it came out, and we’re really proud of it. It was a no-brainer across the board from us to our management team, our band, and everyone else, that this was the first song to put out there.” [/box]
And just they want fans to have a good time while listening to their music, Brian and Tyler enjoy their life on the stage, dazzling audiences with their charismatic performances and resiliently energetic antics. With a handful of head-turning sets under their belts, the duo has landed gigs opening up for the likes of Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford, and Jake Owen. But their biggest moment to date came when they were added to the lineup for this year’s Country Throwdown Tour. The traveling festival is headlined by Gary Allan and also features Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney, and many more, and for Fla Ga Line, it was a dream come true for them to get out on the road with some of the more successful country artists today.
[box type=”shadow” ] “Man, it’s been awesome out here,” they share. “The crowds have been great, and they’ve had a lot to cheer for…this is a great bunch of artists playing music for them. We feel so honored to be out here on this tour playing for the best fans in the world.” [/box]
Not only are they catching the attention of concert-goers, but Brian and Tyler are also developing well-deserved reputations as gifted songwriters and studio-talents; So much so, in fact, that they have collaborated and associated with some of today’s brightest stars.
Jake Owen will be releasing an EP later this summer, which will feature a new song called “Summer Jam,” which he performed with the boys of Florida Georgia Line. Owen has been especially helpful to Brian and Tyler from the beginning, and he’s as excited for the collaboration as they are, which he announced during his fan club party at this year’s CMA Music Festival earlier this month. While Jason Aldean, one of the most successful country artists of the past few years, will release a new album later this year, which will feature the Fla Ga Line penned tune “Black Tears.”
Yes, things are happening rapidly for Florida Georgia Line. They’re on one of the most popular tours on the country music circuit right now, and their music is associated with two of the brightest stars in the genre. They have a brand new E.P. out to fans, with plenty more material available for future releases. Brian and Tyler feel they’re blessed to be able to write and perform music for a living, and that’s what drives them to push forward, as is the case with many up-and-coming artists. But with their unprecedented songwriting skills, impeccable vocal delivery, and charismatic on-stage presence, they won’t be an up-and-coming duo much longer…they’re going to be a household name.
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