Brian Kelley comes from the small town of Ormond Beach, Florida. As a child, Brian always loved music but when Garth Brooks’ double live CD was released it became a huge part of his awareness of how an artist could pull such strong emotions out of the songs they were singing. Lyrics have always been the biggest part of a song in his opinion.
His strongest influences include Brooks, Kenny Chesney & Casting Crowns. “Even if the artists didn’t write the songs they sang, they made you believe it. You feel like you know them through their songs.”
At age 16, Brian began to sing. He would help out at his church’s youth band and to this day he is still very involved at Crossroads Church in Lebanon, that he calls home.
One of Brian’s other talents is baseball. In the fall of 2007, he transferred to Belmont University to play on their team. Before that Brian had played baseball for Florida State University and then Daytona State College. His love of the game could not overpower his love of music.
While at Belmont Brian took a class on songwriting and soon after graduation, Brian began go to local writer’s nights to become more involved in the songwriting community. It is during this time where he met Tyler Hubbard. They currently form the emerging duo, Florida Georgia Line.
In the fall of 2011, Brian signed to Big Loud Shirt as his first publishing deal. The guys have become extremely busy as they have been booked to play alongside with some of today’s top selling live acts like Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert & Corey Smith.
Since working with Big Loud Shirt, he has expanded his circle of co-writers and has written with notable writers like Bob DiPiero, Jason Reeves, Blair Daly and Josh Thompson.
In April 2012, Florida Georgia Line released their first single to radio, "Cruise." The duo landed a slot on the Country Throwdown tour. Their five song EP, "It'z Just What We Do" was released in May 2012. A snoball effect of events lead them to sign a record deal with Republic Nashville in July 2012.