Brian Kelley Reflects On Florida Georgia Line's Early Days

By Ariel King

October 9, 2021

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While speaking with CMT, Brian Kelley has been reflective on Florida Georgia Line's early days while he sets his sights on trying to find new talent. Utilizing the app Protégé, Kelley hopes to be able to help aspiring artists launch their careers, even if they don't have any connections.

"Tyler and I, when we moved to Nashville and started Florida Georgia Line, we had mentors assist us in becoming stronger as singers, songwriters, producers, and touring artists in the music industry," Kelley said of when the two bandmates were first starting out their careers. "We were – and still are – super lucky and blessed to be surrounded by great people."

Kelley emphasizes the importance of having mentors in the music industry, and how he hopes to pay it forward.

"Back when Tyler and I were starting, what shaped us was earning the ability o work with [acclaimed Nashville producer] Joey Moi while releasing our first four albums. Learning his creative process was like going through a master class on achieving a great vocal performance."

Kelley hopes to help other aspiring artists learn how to improve their skills, and he says that he's not necessarily looking for people currently living in Nashville. Instead, he decided to use Protégé so that he can help anyone who catches his ear.

Florida Georgia Line made an appearance at this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival during Nelly's set where they performed their collaborations, "Cruise" and "Lil Bit." Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are currently busy with their "I Love My Country" Tour, which will see Florida Georgia Line traveling through the country until November 20. More information for the tour is available here.

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