Florida Georgia Line's ascension to superstardom is captured in a new episode of CMT's hit biography series Inside Fame premiering Thursday (May 22) at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
In the first in-depth profile of the duo, the documentary details how Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard made their dream come true through a strong work ethic and undeniable tenacity. Although they first met in Nashville, they decided to begin their career with a nod to Kelley's roots in Ormond Beach, Fla., and Hubbard's beginnings in Monroe, Ga.
"The fall of 2009 is when FGL was born," Kelley explains. "We were up late one night and trying to figure (things) out. We're going to need a name if we're going to take this serious. We need to figure out a way to market ourselves and get the word out there, and all we could come back to is where we're from and where we meet in the middle."
"We just kinda decided, 'Hey, let's just give it a couple of years and go as hard as we can. And we don't have anything to lose at this point, so let's get in the car and drive around the country,'" Hubbard recalls. "So that's what we did, man. We just literally hit the ground running and said, 'Let's learn as much as we can and take it to the road and write as many songs as possible and figure out how to play shows.' And that's kinda where it began."
It led to Florida Georgia Line skyrocketing to success in 2013 with the release of their chart-topping, platinum-certified debut album Here's to the Good Times which has sold more than 1.8 million and netted four consecutive No. 1 hits. Their smash single "Cruise" was named the best-selling digital single in country history with more than 6.9 million digital downloads.
Delving into the duo's backstory, the hour-long Inside Fame special follows their journey through never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews.
The episode premieres Thursday and will also air Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m. ET/PT on CMT.