Artist Spotlight: Cruisin' with Florida Georgia Line
Bursting onto the scene this year with their first single “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line have quickly cemented their spot in mainstream country music.
Not only did their debut single reach No. 1, they took home Best New Duo and New Artist of the Year honors at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, and racked up a handful of other nominations within a year of their debut album release.
The duo, made up of Florida-native Brian Kelley, and Georgia-native Tyler Hubbard, met while studying at Nashville’s Belmont University. The rest is still history in the making. Their unique hip-hop-meets-backwoods-country style dominated playlists across the country, driving their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, up the charts late last year. The album reads like a long list of party anthems, all designed to make you roll your windows down, and crank up the sound.
In April, they paired up with Nelly to release a remix of their hit “Cruise,” and even made a new, revamped music video. However strange it may sound, they’ve charted in the top 20 on the iTunes All-Genre chart since the day of its release (I suggest you check it out below!). The track features a verse by the rapper, somewhat excessive auto-tune, as well as a few instrumental changes, allowing “Cruise” to make an easy transition from country to pop radio.
So what should we expect from this powerhouse duo in the future? More high-energy, country-rocking greatness! They’re out on tour this year with equally party-hard Luke Bryan on his Dirt Road Diaries tour through October, opening for label-mate Taylor Swift on a few select dates, and headlining a series of shows throughout the year. In addition to their extensive tour schedule, their second single “Get Your Shine On” recently hit No. 1 and new single, “Round Here,” hit country radio earlier this month.
At the end of the day, Florida Georgia Line will make you want to roll your windows down, and cruise.