(written by FlaGaLine.net)
Brian (“BK”) Edward Kelley
DOB: August 26, 1985
Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL, USA
Parents: Ed and Mary Margaret Kelley
Siblings: sister Katherine
Wife: Brittney Marie Cole (married December 16, 2013)
Dogs: Smoke, Stone, Sage, Sunday, Sarge
Education: Florida State and Belmont University
Musical Influences: Aerosmith, Garth Brooks, Alabama, & Brooks & Dunn.
– Playing baseball he was #34 for his high school team and #43 when playing for the Fla. Seminoles.
– Brian’s dad Ed is the mayor of his hometown, Ormond Beach.
– Brian is ambidextrous (he can write with both his left and right hand).
– Brian wrote songs, played guitar and sang in a Christian hard rock band, called Unseen Company, before his FGL days
Brian grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida right between the beach and the country woods. Growing up he always enjoyed playing sports and really loved writing in school. As an energetic young man he would spend most of his free days at the beach or playing baseball with his sister. The first memory his mother shares of him singing was on a family vacation in 1995 at Opryland in Nashville. Brian sang John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold”, while people passed and commented on how good he sounded. By his mid teens Brian was still playing baseball, but he started to spend more time writing music and leading worship at his church. When he was in his teens, his sister began to introduce him to country artist by playing him tapes on the way to the beach in exchange for Brian washing her car. By the time Brian was ready to graduate high school in 2004 he was splitting his time between baseball (being scouted by the pros) and writing music. Brian found out late that he would be drafted by the Fla. Seminoles and would more than likely pursue pro baseball as a career. However, when he was doing more bench sitting than playing, he filled the void with writing. He later decided to move to Belmont University.
Tyler (“Thubb”) Reed Hubbard
DOB: January 31, 1987
Hometown: Monroe, GA, USA
Parents: Roy (died February 24, 2007) and Amy Hubbard
Siblings: brother Cameron and sister Amelia
Wife: Hayley Stommel (They met at Stagecoach 2013 and became engaged on Sept 24, 2014, married on July 1, 2015)
Children: Olivia Rose Hubbard (born December 24, 2017)
Education: Belmont University
Musical Influences: Alabama, Garth Brooks, Juvenile & Lil’ Wyane
– If Tyler didn’t pursue music, he may have been a pro dirt bike racer
– When Tyler was just 7 years old, he toured around the USA with his dad racing motor cross
– While in high school, Tyler would spend hours after school rapping and coming up with cool beats with his band Ingenious Circuit
Tyler grew up in Monroe, Georgia fairly far outside the local town. He was the first of 3 children and he spent most of his time on dirt bikes or playing whatever sport was in season. He would also spend every Wednesday and Sunday at church partaking in youth worship. When his worship leader decided to leave, Tyler saw that as an opportunity to do more with music. By the time his was in high school he was leading worship and spending his free time with his friends composing beats with rap/hip hop influences while his parents were trying to sleep. Tyler graduated high school in 2005, but wasn’t too keen on college right away. However, once he saw how much fun his friends were having at school, he decided to study music at Belmont University. In 2007 tragedy struck Tyler’s family when he father was killed in a helicopter accident trying to land in an open wooded area near Tyler’s home. Tyler stayed with his mother to help her out, but she wanted more for him and told him to return to university.
Beginning of Florida Georgia Line
Brian and Tyler were introduced at Belmont University around 2007-2008 by a mutual friend. He thought they would hit it off, and he was right. Brian was looking to fill the void that baseball used to fill, and he did that by writing with Tyler. They spent countless days just writing and playing guitar, getting a feel for each other. It happened pretty quickly and before they knew it they were playing writers rounds, being tagged in videos on YouTube, and having sold out shows at Hotel Indigo. In 2009 the duo decided they wanted to pursue music as a career and they hit the road in Brian’s Tahoe. Their first booked show was at Miss Kitty’s in Florida. Along the way they added band members and the next year was filled with random gigs, odd jobs to pay the bills, and partying it up. Slowly but surely they noticed their fan base growing and word starting to spread about the duo. By 2010 they had made the decision to record a 6-song EP called Anything Like Me.
With a mix of luck and hard work, one night had Brian and Tyler meeting with industry execs after a long day of work. The label was sold on them immediately. Although they chose not to sign with a label yet, they began to get bigger gigs and more exposure. Republic Nashville/BMLG helped them get gigs on tour with Cold Ford playing for over 10,000 people. Producer Joey Moi was also helping them record their next EP Itz Just What We Do which they released on iTunes on May 15, 2012. They also got an opportunity to play the Country Throwdown tour and the CMA Fest. On April 10, 2012 the duo release their first single “Cruise” on iTunes and it had 5000 downloads in the first weekend. On July 16, 2012 Brian and Tyler decided to put down roots and sign with Republic Nashville/BMLG. Their first CD “Here’s to the Good Times” was released on December 4, 2012 and has since had 5 consecutive #1 singles and “Cruise” sat at #1 on the Billboard charts for 22 weeks making it the best selling digital song in country music history.
Although FGL has been dismissed as “bro country”, it doesn’t seem to stop them from doing what they love to do and outdoing themselves and their peers. They won their first ACM for New Artist of the year in 2013, and they have since toured with Jake Owen and Love & Theft, Taylor Swift, and Luke Bryan. They have also taken home awards at the CMA’s, CMT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, AMA’s and the ACA’s. In 2013 pop radio was looking to play FGL on their stations, but they needed something they could market as pop. So industry friends of BMLG reached out to Nelly, someone the guys had always wanted to work with, and he made it happen. The trio did a remix of “Cruise” a year after the original was released and it grossed another 4 million copies sold.
Florida Georgia Line shows no signs of stopping and that’s okay with their party people fans because this is how we roll and itz just what they do!
Did you know?
– That “Cruise” came about in the middle of writing a song called “When God Runs Out Of Rain” and Brian spat out “baby you like a song you make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise”
– The first song that Tyler and Brian wrote and recorded was called “Anything Like Me”