It's a 'Good Time' for Florida Georgia Line
By DENNY DIRECTO
August 09, 2013
As one of Country's hottest young acts, Florida Georgia Line is thrilling audiences everywhere with their trademark harmonies and electrifying sounds and riding the success of their debut album, Here's To The Good Times.
While the duo, comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, recently scored the #1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, they are certainly no strangers to hard work and paid dues. After the two met as students at Nashville's Belmont University, the co-writers took their music on the road and gradually built a reputation and strong fan base one show at a time until record labels got interested.
"We roughed it for a couple good years," Tyler recounts. "But it was fun building it from the ground up."
Since then, FGL has not only garnered buzz among fans, media and several Superstars across genres-- including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Ed Sheeran-- but they have skyrocketed since releasing the 5x Platinum hit Cruise and the remix featuring Nelly, selling a combined total of over 5 million downloads. According to SoundScan, the track is the third-best-selling Country digital song ever.
"Our fans can relate to the simple things in life... living that Country lifestyle [which] can mean so many different things that's why people can relate to that," Brian said of their big hit."
They just wrapped Taylor Swift's RED Tour and currently on the road with Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries Tour before setting out on their first headline run, Here's To The Good Times Tour 2013, this fall.
Check out the full interview above to find out how the collaboration with Nelly came about and how much their life has changed since they earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist.
Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for four Teen Choice Awards this Sunday. Fans 13-19 can still vote here.