Florida Georgia Line (sometimes abbreviated as FGL) is an American country music duo consisting of vocalists Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. Their 2012 debut single "Cruise", which remains their most popular song, broke two major sales records: it was downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song ever to receive the Diamond certification, and it became the best-selling digital country song of all time, with 24 weeks at number one, until it was surpassed in July 2017 by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road". "Cruise" helped to pioneer a style of country music known as "brocountry", which incorporates production elements from rock and hip-hop music, and tends to cover subject matter such as partying, drinking, driving trucks and romantic attraction. Much of their subsequent music has been tagged with the "brocountry" label as well.
Florida Georgia Line was formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee and began as a cover band. In December 2011, they signed to the Big Loud Mountain label. Their second EP, "It'z Just What We Do", was released in 2012 and charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Several months later they signed with Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Label Group. They released their second album, "Anything Goes" on October 14, 2014. Their third album, "Dig Your Roots", was released on August 26, 2016.
by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | March 30, 2017
Florida Georgia Line open their new FGL House in Nashville
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley hosted an exclusive VIP Party on June 5 for the grand opening of their new Nashville venue, FGL House.
The four-story attraction at 122 3rd Ave South features multiple bars, the largest “Cruise” rooftop in Nashville and a basement-level lounge with a baby grand piano. Throughout the evening, a video wall showcased clips from FGL and other country artists, while Dee Jay Silver mixed tunes (he’ll be there every week for Country Club Tuesdays).
Industry insiders were also treated to a number of selections from the menu, including fried oysters, chicken lollipops, horseradish salmon, burgers and salads, as well as craft beers and signature cocktails made with FGL’s Old Camp Whiskey.
In addition to thanking the crowd for attending, Tyler and Brian debuted an unfinished video for their upcoming single, “Smooth,” which features songwriter Craig Wiseman and an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas.
“What excites Tyler and I the most is always staying creative,” said Brian. “We love seeing what fresh things we can come up with to take our music to a new level and turn our dreams into reality.”
“We want FGL House to be just as welcoming, fun and entertaining for our guests as if they were coming out to one of our shows - nothing but good food, good drinks and good times,” added Brian.
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by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | November 7, 2016
Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard Find Inspiration in Their Wives
That inspiration could also get out of hand with the guys wanting to write about their wives just a little too much.
“Sometimes we have to focus not writing songs about them, ’cause it’s hard every day showing up with these other co-writers that are like, ‘Man, can we write something else?’ But no, it’s the coolest thing,” says Brian. “It’s the coolest life to live this life and to write songs for our ladies. I don’t know if it gets any countrier than that.”
FGL recently wrapped their Dig Your Roots Tour and are currently promoting their latest single, “May We All,” co-written by Rodney Clawson and Jamie Moore.
Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have had a lot of success over the years, and they owe a great deal of their inspiration to being married. The leading ladies in Brian and Tyler’s lives—Brittney and Hayley, respectively—have influenced their songs, especially the tunes from their current album, Dig Your Roots.
“Makes it easier. I think being married makes songwriting way easier,” says Brian, who married Brittney in 2013. “You know, you’re inspired 24/7 and it’s easy to go into a songwriting room when you’re married to the love of your life. Fortunately, Tyler and I are. We get to sing to them every night on the side of the stage and they travel with us. Their support is amazing.”
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Both members of Florida Georgia Line grew up and first gained interest in music through church worship services. Brian Kelley, from Ormond Beach, Florida, was a star pitcher on his high school baseball team, leading to a scholarship at Florida State University; he later transferred to Belmont University after it became clear to him he would not succeed in the sport. He began writing music inspired by Christian rock group Casting Crowns. Tyler Hubbard, a native of Monroe, Georgia, was a church worship leader who formed a hip hop group, Ingenious Circuit, in his teens. The two had a myriad of musical interests growing up: "Me and my friends rode trucks", listened to Garth Brooks, Alabama, Lil Wayne and Eminem," said Kelley.
The duo met at Belmont University in 2008 through a campus worship group, and following graduation, decided to give themselves two years to succeed as a country duo. They moved in with one another and began several odd jobs to pay bills, while playing clubs on the weekends. While independent, they recorded and digitally distributed their first EP, "Anything Like Me" (2010). They were discovered by Nickelback producer Joey Moi at a county fair, and the three began entering the studio together. Unlike typical country music sessions, the group spent days polishing songs, which were collected on the duo's second EP, "It'z Just What We Do" (2012). In terms of production, the band modeled their sound on bands such as Nickelback, Shinedown, and Three Days Grace, while Moi aimed for each song to resemble hair metal group Def Leppard in structure. Major labels became interested when the song "Cruise" first aired on satellite radio on "The Highway" channel and began selling well on iTunes, leading to a deal with Republic Nashville/Big Machine Label Group.
Kelley likes to think of his career not as a career, but as a lifestyle. "Country music is always evolving and will continue to evolve," he told Forbes magazine. In 2017, they featured in the song "Last Day Alive" by The Chainsmokers. They have also collaborated with Bebe Rexha on her song "Meant to Be".
2010: «Anything Like Me Florida»
Georgia Line's first EP, released December 14, 2010, is a 6 song EP produced with Wesley Walker. All of the songs were written by either Hubbard or Hubbard and Kelley. The EP consists of the songs "You're Country", "Now That She's Gone", "Man I Am Today", "Never Let Her Go" (co-written with "Cruise" co-writer Chase Rice), "Black Tears", and "Backwoods Beauty Queen". The song "Black Tears" was also on Jason Aldean's 2012 album "Night Train".
2012-13: «It'z Just What We Do» and «Here's to the Good Times»
The duo's second EP is a 5-song EP produced by Joey Moi on Big Loud Mountain Records and released on May 15, 2012. It starts off with "Cruise" and also includes "Get Your Shine On", "Tip It Back", "Tell Me How You Like It", and the title track "It'z Just What We Do".
The duo's first studio album, Here's to the Good Times, was an 11-song album produced by Joey Moi on Republic Nashville and released on December 4, 2012. The pair's first full-length, Here's to the Good Times, was the sixth-bestselling album of 2013 (topping Drake and Katy Perry, among others).  "Cruise", the first single, reached number one on the Country Airplay chart dated December 15, 2012.  A remix of "Cruise" featuring Nelly later hit number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. Florida Georgia Line's signature hit, "Cruise", holds one major record to date: the bestselling country digital song of all time, with sales surpassing 10 million. The song spent a record 24 weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, which was the longest reign in the history of the chart until July 2017 when it was surpassed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road".
The album's second single, "Get Your Shine On", was released to country radio on January 21, 2013 and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in May 2013. It was co-written by the duo along with Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins. "Round Here" was released as the album's third single on June 3, 2013 and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in September 2013. The album's fourth single, "Stay", was released to country radio on October 7, 2013. It was co-written and originally recorded by Black Stone Cherry. It reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and the Country Airplay chart in December 2013.
A deluxe edition of Here's to the Good Times titled Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll was released on November 25, 2013. "This Is How We Roll", a collaboration with Luke Bryan, was released from the deluxe edition as the album's fifth single on February 10, 2014 and reached #1 on Hot Country Songs in March 2014.
FGL toured the United States as part of the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Thompson Square and headlining act Luke Bryan. In June 2013, the album reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It stayed at the top spot for ten weeks.
Florida Georgia Line toured the United States as part of the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Thompson Square and headlining act Luke Bryan. In June 2013, the album reached number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.  It stayed at the top spot for ten weeks.
2014-2015: «Anything Goes»
The duo revealed on August 15, 2014, that their second studio album would be titled Anything Goes with a release date of October 14, 2014. The album's first single, "Dirt", was released to country radio and digital sales outlets on July 8, 2014. "Sun Daze" was released to digital sales outlets on September 16, 2014. A week later, the album's title track, "Anything Goes", was released on September 22, 2014. Florida Georgia Line also appeared on the Hot Tours recap. "Confession" released to country radio on November 3, 2015 and reached #1 on Country Airplay in April 2016.
In 2016, FGL became the first and only country artist to receive the Digital Diamond Award, for their single "Cruise" crossing the 10x platinum threshold.
2016-present: «Dig Your Roots»
The duo released their third studio album "Dig Your Roots" on August 29, 2016, featuring Tim McGraw, Ziggy Marley, and the Backstreet Boys. They are currently on their "Dig Your Roots tour", with Ryan Follesé, Chris Lane, and Dustin Lynch.
They collaborated with Bebe Rexha on the song "Meant to Be" for her EP, "All Your Fault: Pt. 2".
2018-present: Upcoming fourth studio album
The duo released "Simple" to country radio on June 1, 2018. Since then, they have released the preview tracks "Colorado," "Talk You Out of It," and "Sittin Pretty."
Allegations of being anti-police
In July 2016, Florida Georgia Line came under fire when they banned law enforcement from being backstage during their concerts in Wisconsin and Iowa  due to police shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights. The band later asked for a police escort leaving their concert, which was denied by the music festival management team due to security concerns.  Following the incident, Brian Kelley called Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and apologized, calling it a misunderstanding.  The duo issued a statement on Twitter that said, "we want you to know that we have nothing but love and respect for the police. We are bummed anyone ever got a different impression.
On December 16, 2013, Kelley married his girlfriend of seven months, Brittney Marie Cole. In February 2014, Hubbard sustained a back injury in a dirt bike accident. On July 1, 2015, Tyler Hubbard married his longtime girlfriend Hayley Stommel. In 2014, Kelley appeared on Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters.
On December 23, 2017, Hubbard and his wife Hayley welcomed their first child together, daughter Olivia Rose Hubbard.
In 2015, Forbes estimated that Florida Georgia Line's annual income was $36.5 million, split evenly between both men.
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