In day two of our preview of Friday night's New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar, we shine the spotlight on Florida Georgia Line -- the Republic Nashville duo comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. It has been quite the year for the duo, with the release of their full-length debut "Here's To The Good Times," and the chart-topping success of their single "Cruise."
When asked about being voted on by the powers-that-be at country radio to be one of the New Faces acts, Hubbard said "Man, it's awesome. It feels great. Everything has happened so fast for us that it's been crazy. It's a big step, and it's an honor to be a part of it." Kelley agrees with that sentiment, saying "2012 was such a blessing for us, and we're just so excited, and all the success we're having just makes us want to work harder."
Radio has been a huge part of their story. "Cruise" debuted on the charts in August and topped the charts by the end of the year. It spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and also hit No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Followup single "Get Your Shine On" reaches No. 20 this week after 18 weeks on the survey.
In addition to their success at radio and with fans, they also have quite a devoted following among artists. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have both cited the song as one of their favorites. That makes Kelley beam with pride. "That's humbling," he told Billboard. "It really blew us away -- the support that we were getting from fellow artists. That's the thing about country music is that there's such a brotherhood and camaraderie -- people coming together and enjoying music. That's what it's all about."
CRS attendees can expect to hear plenty of their high energy music -- from "Cruise" to "Shine On." Kelley says even with New Faces being a tougher crowd than a regular show, there's no plans to change their style. "I don't think so," he says. "We're just going to be us, and do what got us here. You should never go into a show and try to change something. I think we're just going to go out and throw a party on stage like we always do. I think that will come through just like we want it to."
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