In May 2012, without the help of a record label, Florida Georgia Line sold over 100,000 copies of their hit single, “Cruise.” Brian Kelly, 29, of Ormond Beach, FL and Tyler Hubbard, 27, of Monroe, GA capitalized on their chemistry and began what they call “a little marriage.”
Florida Georgia Line has become a country music staple in a very short period of time, and many consider them to be a part of “bro country.” In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, the guys were asked to define the term.
“I describe it as a bunch of artists that sell out shows, Hubbard told Menendez. “Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, whoever they want to call bro-country… It doesn’t really bother us. I don’t really understand the term myself.”
Kelly explained why they are so excited to be a part of the industry right now.
“It’s a cool time in music period, no matter if it’s country, rock or whatever,” Kelly told Menendez. “Everybody is doing something cool.”
And the duo is pushing the boundaries of their genre, blending country with hip-hop, even recording a remixed version of their hit single, “Cruise,” with rapper Nelly.
The duo performed at Good Morning America’s summer concert series where they announced their new album “Anything Goes” set to release on October 14th. Can we expect some more bro-ey sounds and remixes with Nelly? Well, anything goes. So, maybe.
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