The first solo release with Big Machine is out before July 4th
Brian Kelley unveils his first Big Machine Records solo release, waving a deeply felt flag of patriotic pride with “American Spirit.” Arriving just in time for Independence Day, the track blends Kelley’s signature laid-back style with a genuine admiration for the nation he loves while respecting those who protect it.
“‘American Spirit’ is a tribute to my Poppy and Uncle Mike who both served, and to all of our military and first responders who keep us safe and free – past, present and future,” Kelley shares. “I love our great country and will always support our brave defenders.”
Kelley and Jake Rose produced “American Spirit,” which they co-wrote alongside Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith, as a timely tribute to the ideals of freedom, bravery, and honor — especially all who join to the hitmaker to cherish them. With an unwavering beat, heartfelt lyrics on his sleeve, and a smooth, tried-and-tested voice, Kelley represents red, white, and blue.
The cover for “American Spirit” was hand painted by Steve Penley, who is one of America’s most famous artists with works exhibited around the world. This powerful imagery resonated with Kelley whose “Poppy” – John Edward Kelley – served in the US Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war, earning two Purple Hearts. The Atlanta-based painter is also a fan of Kelley’s music who created a natural collaboration for this bold visual.
Marking an all-new chapter for the historic artist-songwriter, “American Spirit” follows Kelley’s 2021 solo effort, sunny state of mind which was released via Warner Music Nashville after initially signing for solo music in March 2021. He backed the wave’s release with sold-out shows on his Made by the Water Tour, following an unprecedented decade as a half of the GRAMMY-nominated duo Florida-Georgia Line. Kelley is already planning more new music in the coming months.
Under BMLG, the global superstars became the first and only domestic performer to achieve two RIAA Diamond-certified singles with 11X Platinum, “Cruise” #1 (best-selling digital country single of all time – SoundScan) and 11X Platinum , No. 1 “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha (holding the longest reign on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at 50 consecutive weeks). They’ve had 19 career No. 1 singles, 16.1 billion global streams, sold over 32.9 million tracks and 4.7 million albums worldwide, garnered 1.9 billion video views and played in front of over four million fans on massive tours. FGL has also won multiple CMA, ACM, and Billboard Music Awards while expanding its creative empire with thriving business initiatives like FGL House. Diversifying his business, Kelley is also involved in projects such as the cult brand Tribe Kelley with his wife Brittney and a partnership with Oyster City Brewing Company.
Meanwhile, Kelley is always leading the way into new creative territory. With an official mint day announced yesterday (Thursday, June 30), he and Brittney launched their limited NFT collection, Chill Cowboy Country Club (CCCC), as the ultimate community for country music. The NFT offers 6,000 memberships in the form of Chill Cowboy or Cowgirl Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) available now.
Moreover, his staging of May We All: a new country musical just wrapped up its world premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. As a producer under his production company CuzBro Productions, more details are promised soon regarding a tour and concept album.
On July 22, the former college baseball player will fittingly headline the CMT Hot Prospects Summer Concert Series at The Battery Atlanta. Playing a pre-game concert for fans of the 2021 World Series champions, Kelley will perform on stage at the Georgia Power Pavilion in Atlanta, Georgia before an Atlanta Braves game. He will also resume his appearance at the top of the game inside Truist Park.