Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Owes It All to His Parents

"They Were Pretty Much at Every Baseball Game I Ever Played"

It’s not unusual to hear a country song gush about love for “mama,” and Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley is happy to jump in on that note.

I recently caught up with the singer on the red carpet at the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, where he revealed to me that his parents are just as grateful and excited as he and his bandmate Tyler Hubbard about the duo’s incredible success.

“They’re big fans,” Kelley said. “They’ve always been involved in mine and my sister’s lives, whether it was soccer or guitar lessons, chasing a crazy dream in Nashville like this. They were at pretty much every baseball game I ever played, and they’re at a ton of shows.”

And even when they’re unable to be there, they’re still in the loop.

“They watch everything,” he said. “They keep up with everything. They send me articles that I don’t even know are out. And that energy — that positive energy. Those good vibes are awesome.”

And Kelley is thrilled that his parents are still such a vital part of his career.

“It’s so cool to be so connected with my mom and dad, and their support really helped me get to Nashville and find a safe place here and create a home here,” he said. “I’m forever grateful to my parents and their support. Without them, I wouldn’t be here — 100 percent, no doubt.”

I’m sure wherever Kelley’s parents were that night they stopped everything to proudly watch their son take home his third honor as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.