For Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley, five is the magic number when it comes to family.
In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, the country star says that he and Hayley — who is currently pregnant with their third child — will be “ready to be finished” having kids after the arrival of their baby boy.
“In a weird way, I think we’re looking forward to the challenge,” says Hubbard, 33. “The whole experience of having a child is like none other. It’s a rush of emotion and love that can hardly be explained. We’re looking forward to experiencing that again and then just knowing we’re going to be finished. This is our family, and let’s grow together.”
Hubbard and Hayley, 31, are already parents to son Luca, 9 months, and daughter Olivia, 2, whom they’ve been social distancing with at home in Nashville amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As to how he and Hayley have been handling isolation with an infant and a toddler, Hubbard says it’s been “more entertaining than challenging.”
Florida Georgia Line satisfied fans’ craving for new music with the release of a six-song EP on Friday (May 22).
FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard say the project, aptly titled 6-Pack, offers fans a taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming fifth studio album.
“We’ve been workin’ on our fifth record for this past year, and we’re getting pretty close to being done, and we were talking a month or two ago and kinda schemin’ up, and we said, ‘Hey, let’s put a 6-pack out,’ Kelley recalled during a recent interview with the duo’s record label. “And we all took it literal, and hey, ‘let’s kind of brand it that way, even though thematically they’re not all party songs.’ And so this collection has a serious vibe, a party vibe, a love vibe. We feel like it’s pretty well rounded.”
The release of FGL’s 6-Pack comes as people around the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelley hopes their new music brings some relief to fans during these uncharted times.
“You know, we’ve all been living in these uncertain times and music is healing and music touches people a lot of different ways, and so, we wanted to make sure we were balanced on this EP,” he explained. “So, [we’re] super excited to finally get this out and give our fans what they’ve been asking for, and hopefully put a smile on the world’s face.”
Interview: Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard on I Love My Country, album number 5 and returning to the UK
It’s Time to Rethink Florida Georgia Line, One of Country’s Biggest Shapeshifters
The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley return with a brand new single—and a whole new outlook.
Here’s an (incomplete) list of what, in the eight years since their ridiculously successful debut, the men of Florida Georgia Line have become: headliners, husbands, restauranteurs, record label owners, whiskey makers, music producers and publishers. Tyler Hubbard, the Georgia half of the act, just announced that he and his wife Hayley will welcome a third child later this year. Brian Kelley, along with his wife Brittney, run the popular clothing brand Tribe Kelley. But what occasionally gets lost in the shuffle is that the duo has also emerged as one of the format’s premier musical shapeshifters, the latest evidence of which arrives today with their raucous new single “I Love My Country.”
“We haven’t had anything that hits this hard since ‘Round Here,’” says Kelley, the Sunshine State’s representative for the group, referring to their stadium-sized 2012 No.1. (It was their third to scale the Airplay Charts off their debut LP, Here’s to the Good Times.) “This one’s loud—it punches through the speaker,” he says of the song, a thunderous ode to down-home living. He’s right, though the last handful of years have hardly been quiet. Across their three ensuing albums, they’ve flirted with ethereal pop, reggae, folk, hip-hop, and R&B, and collaborated with the likes of Backstreet Boys, Ziggy Marley, Jason Aldean, Bebe Rexha, Tim McGraw, and Jason DeRulo. Most recently, they threw a pedal steel and a hick-hop flow on the country remix of Justin Bieber’s “Yummy.”
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Wife Hayley Reveal Sex of Third Child — with the Help of an Elephant!
The exciting reveal took place at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, the couple’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively
Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley are having a boy!
The exciting reveal took place on March 4, during a trip to Africa that the Florida Georgia Line singer and his wife took with their daughter Olivia “Liv” Rose, 2, as well as bandmate Brian Kelley and his wife Brittney, PEOPLE can exclusively share.
In order to plan the big reveal, Hayley turned to Brittney for help — who found out the baby’s sex before going abroad and kept the news from her husband, who also wanted to be surprised.
When the group all made a visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, which is known for its elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation programs, Brittney stealthily gave a blue scarf to an elephant keeper upon their arrival.
Before the special elephant paid a visit to the group, Tyler and Hayley explained to their daughter, who loves elephants, that if the animal came to them wearing a blue scarf, she would be getting another little brother, and if the elephant had a pink scarf, a baby sister would be on the way this fall.
Much to Olivia’s surprise, when the elephant appeared, the blue scarf it wore revealed that her parents are expecting a son!
That night, the Hubbards and the Kelleys kept the celebration going with a dinner in Kenya.
UPDATE: FGL have signed with Full Stop Management, home to Harry Styles, Lizzo, Mark Ronson and others.
The hit country duo Florida Georgia Line announced Friday that they’re amicably separating from Big Loud Management after a nine-year relationship that dates back before they first struck it big with “Cruise” in 2012.
No new management has been announced.
“It has been an incredible journey with our Big Loud family and we are so thankful for the last nine years,” Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley said in a joint statement. “Together we’ve grown more than we could have ever imagined due to what we all bring to the table. As we continue to evolve, so do our needs and our team. Although bittersweet, we and Big Loud are excited to support and encourage each other as we enter the next chapter of our careers, and welcome a new family into our world with open arms. We will continue to dream big and push ourselves to be the best we can be in all facets of life. We are just getting started.”
Brian Kelley, half of the country duo Florida Georgia Line, has signed on as a producer for “May We All,” a jukebox musical that will incorporate country hits by fellow stars of the genre like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Dolly Parton as well as FGL’s own music.
“May We All” is slated for a developmental production at Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square in the fall of 2020, with a world premiere production being planned for Nashville in 2021. Representatives for the production say a feature film adaptation is hoped for, as well. The show will be licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide for further productions following that scheduled Nashville bow.
Said Kelley in a statement, “I love building, love creating, love being surrounded by an amazing team, and have found endless inspiration in the fact that I can use my voice in any interest that I have, … I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this musical feature the songs of so many of my buddies and artists who’ve inspired me. Can’t wait to bring this project to the stage and beyond.”
Even if you are a person who hates country music, you are probably familiar with Florida Georgia Line, because Florida Georgia Line is probably a big part of why you hate country music. The duo—Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia)—didn’t invent bro-country, the genre’s beers-trucks-and-girls offshoot, but they are very complicit in its ubiquity: Their 2012 debut, Here’s to the Good Times, is a collection of cringe-inducing hymns for the church of drinking on dirt roads with best friends, punctuated with defiant slogans to make fans envious of the life they purportedly live. “It’s just what we do,” they declare to the world in one. In another: “That’s how we do it ‘round here.”
The formula worked: Good Times went platinum twice and propelled them to country music superstardom. Its lead single, “Cruise,” was the first country song in history—one of only eight songs ever—to earn the RIAA’s Diamond designation, with over 10 million combined sales and streams. Their 2017 duet with pop singer Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” spent a record 50 consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot Country Songs chart and still remains the odds-on favorite to be playing in any fro-yo shop the moment you walk in the door.
Much of Florida Georgia Line’s success stems from their strenuous efforts to portray themselves as pushers of the genre’s rigid boundaries—a strain of country that invites even those less familiar with its traditional tropes to take part. “The mixtape’s got a little Hank, a little Drake, a little something bumping, thumb-thumping on the wheel,” they begin on “This Is How We Roll,” which features fellow bro-country king Luke Bryan and brings in Jason Derulo for the remix. “Sun Daze,” off 2014’s Anything Goes, describes an ideal day-drinking playlist of hip-hop, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, and Bob Marley, while “May We All” includes a verse from Tim McGraw and a shoutout to 2Pac. The only thing discernibly “country” about “Meant to Be” is the twang in Kelley’s and Hubbard’s voices.
Two Under 2! Tyler Hubbard Shares Adorable Photos with New Baby Luca and Toddler Olivia
Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley welcomed their second child, son Luca Reed, on Aug. 19
Tyler Hubbard couldn’t be a prouder papa.
The Florida Georgia Line singer, 32, and wife Hayley pose with their two children — 2-week-old son Luca Reed and daughter Olivia “Liv” Rose, 20 months — for this week’s issue of PEOPLE, out Friday, where they dish on everything from what they’re looking forward to most as a family of four to balancing work and home life.
“I love being able to write songs and play shows, but there’s a different emotion that comes along with it now and that’s just missing the family on a different level,” Hubbard tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always missed Hayley when she’s not out there, but now missing her and Liv and Luca puts a new level of that emotion on top of all the other emotions of the weekend. I just look forward to those Sundays.”
Luca’s Aug. 19 birth fell on a Monday, at the tail end of Hubbard and bandmate Brian Kelley‘s weekly Thursday through Saturday Can’t Say I Ain’t Country tour dates. And his baby boy has already seen Dad in action.
Happy birthday Luca! Born August 19 at 3:40 a.m. in Nashville, Luca arrived on his due date, weighing in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches long.
Congrats to the happy family of 4!