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Florida Georgia Line, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, added to their collection of plaques and honors as they celebrated their latest No. 1 hit, “Stay,” at a party at the ASCAP building in Nashville, Wednesday (Feb. 12). The red-hot duo shared the accolades with the song’s writers, Jon Lawhon, Chris Robertson, Ben Wells and John Fred Young from the rock band Black Stone Cherry, along with the song’s producer, Joey Moi. Black Stone Cherry originally recorded “Stay” for their 2011 album, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Brian and Tyler met with members of the Nashville media prior to the party and recalled how they had always admired the powerful ballad. The song is featured on the duo’s smash debut album, Here’s to the Good Times. “It was a big song. It’s got an amazing message,” Brian said. The song strayed from the usual Florida Georgia Line style of upbeat party tunes, but that played into the decision to release it as a single. “That was the song we were missing,” Brian told reporters. Tyler agreed, “It’s not an upbeat party song. But it’s fun for us to show that side of who we are. It couldn’t have turned out any better.”
During the party, the group’s record label presented them with a stuffed ape, signifying the huge No. 1 single. Brian, Tyler and the writers also received No. 1 medallions from the Country Music Association and plaques from Country Radio Broadcasters. Brian and Tyler presented the writers with special plaques of their own, commemorating sales of 1 million units.
“Today is one of the coolest days for us,” Brian told the crowd. “It’s extremely humbling for Tyler and me. We always loved this song.” Turning toward Black Stone Cherry and producer Joey Moi, Brian added, “Thank you, guys, for letting us cut it.”