Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

In country music, there are the rule breakers and the rule makers – artists who defy trends to pave something new, something original, something maybe a little shocking at the time. Johnny Cash. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Alabama. Waylon Jennings. Garth Brooks. These are the forces who took the bones of an American musical legacy and burst through with their own unique voice – leaving, in their wake, the seeds of the future. And now, on the tail end of a whirlwind few years that catapulted them to the top of the charts and to the center of fans' hearts across the world, is Florida Georgia Line, claiming their spot in the grand tradition of these Music Row renegades. How'd they do it? One simple mantra, really.

"ANYTHING GOES," says the Georgia half of FGL, Tyler Hubbard. "It says it all. No boundaries, no genre, no rules." Living according to their own doctrine, in their own completely singular creative space, has become the lifeblood of Florida Georgia Line. So much so, that when it became time make the follow-up to their smash trendsetting – not to mention chart-topping, 2X Platinum debut – HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES, there was only one option: ANYTHING GOES.

"There's a little something for everybody in there," says Hubbard. "If that helps shape where country is heading, or breaks down walls, then great. But it's just what Florida Georgia Line has always done."

Since forming in 2010, Florida Georgia Line has taken the songwriter skills honed from their early days in Nashville and shredded them to bits, all while simultaneously using the deep roots of country music to build something new and totally thrilling. From the most raucous party moments to unexpected self-reflective odes, FGL is an unstoppable powerhouse only looking to answer to themselves, and, perhaps most importantly, their fans.

"We've always been comfortable doing something that may or may not be accepted," says Brian Kelley, the Florida side.

And ever since the two met while attending Belmont University, they've been following that credo – going from songwriting workrooms with nothing more than an acoustic guitar or two, to a headlining tour, crisscrossing the nation, collecting awards, bringing people up when they need to "Cruise," lifting them out when they're deep in the "Dirt."

Except, of course, their music wasn't just haphazardly accepted: it was embraced with open arms. Their signature anthem "Cruise" was certified 8X platinum and became the best-selling Country single ever (according to SoundScan) – and the remix with Nelly rocked both the charts and eager genre-taggers. With their Republic Nashville debut, FGL is the only artist in history to join legends Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles. They've taken the "anything goes" approach with them from day one – never once, however, compromising their vision.

"We've built this from the ground up," says Kelley. "That's something we never take for granted. Tyler and I are hands on with it all, from set list to email. Everything we do, we have put the FGL stamp on it. This is our love and our passion. We run it as a business…and a party."

And FGL is indeed a party. ANYTHING GOES is full of odes to the good times, from the twang-reggae "Sun Daze," to the wickedly delicious "Good Good" to the rowdy title track that's both rock and bluegrass. But that doesn't mean there aren't more serious, sincere moments: take the lead single "Dirt," for one.

"It's a little unexpected, sure," says Hubbard. "But I think we we're at a spot in our life where we wanted to show that side to people. It's how we started as songwriters. We felt it was time to release something like that." The fans agreed: it's already been certified platinum for over one million downloads sold and topped both Country radio charts to become their fifth #1 single.

It's some personal moments and milestones – marriage, engagements, loss and mourning – that spurred some of ANYTHING GOES' contemplative notes, like "Angel" or "Like You Ain't Even Gone." But it's all part of FGL's mission to show a complete package to their fans, and to be with them at every moment in their lives, from the good to the bad.

"We like to be serious, and we like to take people to church on a Wednesday night in our live set," says Hubbard. "We like to have songs that mean something, that make you feel something. And, of course, we like to have it be party."

Adds Kelley, "you can tell by listening that we felt no pressure. We wanted to push ourselves lyrically and vocally. It's very evident in the sound and the vibe. We took the confidence that country radio and the fans gave us, and made it into something that is pure FGL."

From coast to coast with national TV appearances, the FGL machine has been rolling nonstop, and sees no sign of slowing down. At the core, is the brotherhood between best friends and creative partners Hubbard and Kelley – theirs is a bond that exists past the musical realm. At the same time, they love to embrace the most thrilling minds working in Nashville today as writing partners, and recruited names like Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Chris Tompkins and Chris DeStefano to help pen the hits on ANYTHING GOES.

"The biggest thing for us was just staying in the creative zone," says Kelley. "From the best writers in town, to a producer (longtime collaborator Joey Moi) who is like a wizard on steroids. Nothing was stopping us. This record is a representation of exactly where we are in our lives. Want to know me and Tyler more? Just listen to ANYTHING GOES."

And, of course, they kept those country music renegades – Cash, Alabama, Skynyrd, Jennings – top of mind. But like those brilliant creative outlaws before them, the best way they could pay tribute to the rule-breaking tradition is just by being completely themselves.

"When you get in a creative space and you know your influences, that's when you let your natural talent come out in ways that are organic," says Kelley. "That's when the freshness comes."

Fresh, new: that's ANYTHING GOES – a new force for Nashville, a new life for country music. And a duo that is totally unafraid to take risks and innovate, every step of the way.

"There are party moments, there's loss, there are odes to amazing times on ANYTHING GOES," Kelley adds. "Just lots of real life. Now THAT is country music."

Nelly's 7th studio album album M.O. featuring guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Future, T.I., 2 Chainz, Florida Georgia Line, Daley & more, is available now:

Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. (born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked on his music career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the title-track was a top ten hit. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States.[2] His following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland). Other singles included "Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Air Force Ones" (featuring Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics), "Pimp Juice" and "#1".

With the same-day dual release of Sweat, Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles "Party People" (featuring Fergie), "Stepped on My J'z" (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara) and "Body on Me" (featuring Akon and Ashanti). In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, "Just a Dream", was certified triple platinum in the United States. It also included the singles "Move That Body" (featuring T-Pain and Akon) and "Gone" (a sequel to the 2002 single "Dilemma" in collaboration with Kelly Rowland).

Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as "one of the biggest stars of the new millennium",[3] and the RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history,[4] with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade.[5]

Since releasing the buzzy "Fix," Lane racked up shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard's Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. "Fix" shaped Lane's sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto; with early raves including ROLLING STONE's "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know," YOUNG HOLLYWOOD's "Artist To Watch" list, HELLO! Magazine's "People You Will Be Talking About" and GLAMOUR's "Music We Love." Lane was also chosen for the select CMT 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented newcomer started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC and previously toured with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice and more.
For tour dates and more information on Chris Lane, visit www.iamchrislane.com

Hot newcomer Chris Lane has been making waves in the country music scene in North Carolina, selling out club shows all across the state. He has played well over 500 shows the past few years and opened for The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, among others. Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line is already buzzing about Lane's debut single "Broken Windshield View" across their social networks and tapped the talented singer to open their major headline run this summer - THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 – featuring special guest Nelly. "Broken Windshield View" recently hit country radio, including SiriusXM's The Highway, and has been highlighted as New and Noteworthy on iTunes. This fast-paced, guitar-fueled song highlights Lane's standout vocals and vividly captures life growing up in the country. The Kernersville, NC, native is currently recording his first EP with producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) to be released on Big Loud Mountain

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