On Monday (June 10), just over a year after they were signed to a recording contract, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard -- the duo known as Florida Georgia Line -- greeted well-wishers at Nashville's Sambuca restaurant to celebrate their second No. 1 single, "Get Your Shine On." Joining them were their two co-writers of the hit, Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins.
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The party was co-sponsored by the performance rights organizations BMI (which represents Kelley, Hubbard and Clawson) and ASCAP (with which Tompkins is affiliated).
Penny Everhard, BMI's associate director of writer-publisher relations, opened the proceedings by reciting the writers' musical achievements, noting that "Get Your Shine On" was Clawson's ninth chart-topper and Kelley's and Hubbard's second (their first was "Cruise.")
As Florida Georgia Line, she continued, Kelley and Hubbard have also won two CMT and two Academy of Country Music awards.
In addition, the Recording Industry Association of America has certified "Cruise" triple platinum and "Get Your Shine On" platinum.
Everhard noted that FGL will be touring this year as an opening act for Taylor Swift, one of the duo's most fervent admirers.
Taking the microphone to praise Tompkins, ASCAP's Mike Sistad reminded the crowd the multi-format songwriter already has two Grammy awards for co-writing Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" and "Blown Away."
Moreover, said Sistad, Tompkins has writing credits on two other songs now moving up the country airplay chart, Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy" and FGL's "Round Here."
"Get Your Shine On," Sistad concluded, is Tompkins eighth No. 1 single, his seventh within the past two years.
Craig Wiseman, the song's publisher, told the crowd he came from a band background and added, as he gestured toward the celebrants standing beside him, "This is the greatest band ever." He said the successes of his publishing and production companies have led to "new trucks in the parking lot, new homes and new babies."
Scott Borchetta, whose Big Machine Label Group includes Republic Nashville Records, FGL's label, said, "It was a year ago when we went to see them on the BMI stage outside the stadium [Nashville's LP Field]," during the 2012 CMA Music Festival.
Turning to their performance this year on the LP Field main stage, Borchetta asserted, "There was not an act that had a bigger response than these guys. ... This is really big fun."
In his brief acceptance remarks, Clawson said he and his three co-writers composed "Get Your Shine On" the first time they all got together for a writing session.
"All I ever wanted to do was write songs," said Kelley. "I never dreamed I'd be part of singing them on the radio. ... It feels like a family celebration every time we get together."
"I can't wait until my ninth No. 1," Hubbard declared, "so I can have as much swag as Rodney. ... This time last year, we were riding around in a van. Now we're on two buses."
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