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!
Florida Georgia Line Launch Round Here Records With Flagship Artist Canaan Smith
As Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley continue to expand their business interests, the pair has founded Round Here Records. The label’s flagship artist is Canaan Smith.
“The label started with a passion to create music and to make records,” Hubbard tells Billboard via phone. “It happened organically [as] we continued to find the artists and friends that we love, believe in and thought had a gift and talent that we wanted to try to nurture. It turned into something that we are really excited about. [We’re] trying to do some trailblazing in this record label space.”
Last year Smith signed to Tree Vibez Music – the duo’s publishing arm founded in 2015 – and Kelley says the pair have believed in him for years as a songwriter and artist. Previously signed to Mercury Records Nashville, Smith saw success in 2015 with his second single, “Love You Like That,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
While FGL, who remain signed to Big Machine as artists, have plans to put out records from other writer/performers signed to Tree Vibez, they say they will also sign talent beyond the publishing company. Hubbard and Kelley declined to mention names, but say they have three more acts “we’re about to put music out on real, real soon.”
“If we find a songwriter/artist that has a publishing deal somewhere else, they don’t have to be on Tree Vibez to sign with Round Here Records,” Kelley says. “Tyler and I are looking for great people, great talent and great songs, and that’s what Round Here and Tree Vibez is always focused on.”
Hayley had a “sprinkle” on June 1 (like a baby shower, but for the second baby) with a whole bunch of ladies (and some familiar faces), and revealed the name of baby #2: Luca Reed Hubbard will make his debut in August!
Seven years in a massive career, Florida Georgia Line has realized the best recipe for self-satisfaction is to tune out the noise & create their own.
When you’ve been as wildly successful as Florida Georgia Line, and have multi-platinum singles, chart-topping albums, sold-out arena tours and a name-brand bar-restaurant just off Nashville’s famed Broadway to your name, you start to learn to take the chatter surrounding your band for what it’s worth. “Because people are either gonna say good stuff or bad stuff, but regardless, they’re gonna be talking,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard says with a laugh of the constant opinions that have long swirled around him and bandmate Brian Kelley.
Yes, now seven years into a monumentally successful career, Florida Georgia Line have realized the best recipe for self-satisfaction is to tune out the noise and create their own. “We really just want to continue to push the envelope for ourselves and elevate what we do,” Hubbard says of their never-ending desire for musical reinvention. “We want it to be fun for us because if it’s not fun for us it’s not going to be fun for the fans. We don’t want to get bored. That’s why I think we always try to continue and push and take chances and do things a little bit differently.”
For FGL, doing things differently has long been their lifeblood, and while they insist it’s almost subconscious at this point, their need to evolve has been a life force in becoming one of the most commercially successful country acts of their generation. Still, to hear them tell it, the two musicians insist it simply stems from their stubborn insistence on never getting too comfortable.
Florida Georgia Line discuss their new album—and how they’ve made big business in Nashville.
In the country music industry, perhaps no star is rising, or business expanding more rapidly than that of the Florida Georgia Line brand. Over the last seven years, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, both halves of the superstar duo, have succeeded in their teamwork to the point of commodifying it. FGL House, the band’s bar in downtown Nashville, is one of Music City’s most popular nightspots. FGL Fest was arguably the most anticipated fall 2018 event in Indianapolis (before it was cancelled due to bad weather). And the band name FGL has become synonymous with success in country radio.
The duo achieved their 16th Number One song last October when “Simple” topped both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/ Mediabase Country airplay charts. The single was released alongside “Colorado” on June 1, followed by “Talk You Out of It” in July and “Sittin’ Pretty’” in August. Rounded up as a self-titled EP, these four tracks were offered as a collective sampling of the pair’s fourth LP, slated for 2019.
“I think we’re gonna’ call it Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” Hubbard says. “We’re probably getting back to our country roots a little more than our previous albums, which is exciting for BK and I,” he adds. “We’ve been working on this album longer than any others we’ve done, and we really do feel like it’s our strongest one.”