Florida Georgia Line Hosts “Cruise” Party

photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

The Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were definitely in "Cruise" control as they celebrated the No. 1 success of their debut single, "Cruise," at an industry party at the Country Music Association building in Nashville, Tuesday (Jan. 29). Brian, Tyler and their co-writers Chase Rice, Jesse Rice and producer Joey Moi were showered with plaques and praises from Florida Georgia Line's record label, Republic Nashville, the SESAC performing rights organization and the Country Music Association, among others.

Before the big bash, Brian and Tyler met with members of the Nashville media to talk about their sudden success. "It feels fast from [releasing] 'Cruise' to it going to No. 1," Brian noted. "But getting here, we worked a lot of different jobs and played places where we were like, ''Why are we even here?' [because] nobody was there."

The fact that few debut singles reach the top did not go unnoticed by the duo. "It's a surreal feeling," Brian said. "It's the most humbling thing and we won't take that for granted." Tyler added, "I don't think we expected anything like this. At the same time, we worked as hard as we could. For a while, we were riding around in Brian's Tahoe and playing some of the worst bars in the country. We were roughing it." The guys also talked about their current single, "Get Your Shine On," which Brian noted is already a favorite in their live shows.

You can go behind the scenes of the "Get Your Shine On" video shoot in Cancun, Mexico, in the March 4 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands Feb. 25.

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