Florida Georgia Line Just Wanna Go Fast

Artists of the Year Honorees Reveal Racing Ambitions

Since their explosion onto the country scene in 2012, Florida Georgia Line have gone the distance to bring the party to their fans. And it’s paid off with record breaking sales, show-stopping tours and awards that continue to mount. They’ll be honored for their success on the CMT Artists of the Year special Dec. 2.

But the duo’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have also become known for their thrill seeking hobbies. If not for his music career, Hubbard says life would still be one exciting ride.

“I think for me personally, if music hadn’t worked out, I’d probably be some sort of professional racer, something with a motor in it, something that goes fast,” he told CMT. “You never know, maybe be a speedboat racer.”

Their growing success in the last several years has been just as fast, though there were times along the journey where the duo was forced to wonder if the dream would ever come true. Kelley says the backing of his family made all the difference.

“Through the hard times and the times where you don’t really know if anything is working, if anything’s gonna happen, or if there’s no hope in what we’re doing, my mom and dad and my sister were the ones that always gave me positive energy and were praying for us,” Kelley said. “From day one they said they’d support me and what we’re doing and it’s definitely helped us along the way.”

The Florida native also says both he and Hubbard are better for the encouragement and support along the way.

“To have their prayers and their advice, it’s pretty awesome,” said Kelley. “It means the world to us.”

CMT honors Florida Georgia Line, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban with the CMT Artists of the Year special on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET.