In a nearly 10-minute video call that the country duo shared on their social media over the weekend, Kelley explained how the ongoing pandemic gave him a lot of extra time at home for some “soul-searching” and a nice break from songwriting before he got back into the swing of things.
“Me and you have had conversations three or four years ago, and this has kind of been a lifelong dream of mine. But I kinda felt like I started writing an album once I started writing again in August and had a couple of songs that I started writing that I just felt like maybe I’m supposed to sing these and probably have a project, an outlet for these to come out on,” the Florida-based musician said. “We talked about that before, and just the timing wasn’t right. All the dots weren’t really connected, everything wasn’t in line.”
Kelley later recalled a conversation he had with Hubbard in September about creating and exploring “freedom for ourselves in addition to what we do with FGL” and supporting each other as they navigate their separate musical journeys. Kelley hinted that his solo releases, which Hubbard has already listened to and said “sounded amazing,” could be out by summer 2021.
“Like BK said, timing’s everything and we’ve been on a 10-year journey together. We wouldn’t change it for the world. And we’re gonna continue our journey,” Hubbard responded. “We’ve kind of created this freedom around ourselves to where we can do whatever we want to do creatively and musically, so it’s a lot of fun…. It’s a beautiful place to be, like BK said, to be able to venture out and have a voice of our own and have an individuality a little bit. We’ve always been a package deal.”
The duo clarified that they’re not breaking up and still plan to tour together in the new year once it’s safe to do so. A source told Billboard in November that there was “no truth” to rumors that Hubbard and Kelley were going their separate ways after the two unfollowed each other on social media.
FGL will release their fifth studio album, Life Rolls On, on Feb. 12, which fans can pre-order here.
Watch their latest announcement about Hubbard and Kelley’s upcoming solo music:
This may be a little long but it’s real and that’s what FGL is all about. We love our fans and want to share with you guys everything we are working on and excited about this year. Here’s to 2021 being the BEST YEAR YET. Let’s gooooo! pic.twitter.com/1tYzVGpLI6
— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) January 2, 2021