Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line Says He Liked Having ‘Full Control’ Over First Solo Album

by Samantha Whidden

With his first solo album Sunshine State of Mind now on sale, Florida Georgia Line bandmate Brian Kelley is now sharing details about the album’s development.

During his interview with Fox News on Wednesday (June 30th), Brian Kelley discusses how he was both equally excited and nervous for the album. “It was kind of my time to make something different and to step out and do something that’s a little scary,” he says. “I just had to follow my gut… my artistry and my creativity.”

Kelley also reveals to the media outlet that his inspiration for the album was his life, travels, and hometown. “[I started] writing about my life, my love for my wife, my love for Florida, my love for travel, and just the wonder of being in a new place and seeing different things and experiences.”

In regards to what fans will expect from the album, Brian adds that the songs show off a different side of him. “It can be maybe a little intimidating or a little [fearful] early on… having some conversations and trying to figure out what exactly is going on as I’m writing these songs.”

Brian Kelley Releases Sunshine State of Mind

While celebrating the album’s debut, Brian Kelley took to his Instagram to share the album’s cover art with fans. “My debut solo album ‘Sunshine State Of Mind’ is out now,” Kelley reveals in the post. “Thank you to everyone who was involved in helping create this record with me… Now go take a listen and let me know what y’all’s favorites are! Cheers.”

Kelley also discussed the album with Billboard. “I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here,” he proclaims. “I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind. Get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

Sunshine State of Mind features 17 new songs from Brian Kelley. Songs include “Made By the Water,” “Highway on the Water,” “Party on the Beach,” and “Songs for You.”

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard’s Future With Flordia Georgia Line

Although Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are working on their solo albums, Florida Georgia Line is not ending anytime soon. Hubbard confirmed in February, “We’ve always been a package deal. Just to clarify, FGL is not breaking up so anyone who says that, from the mouth of Tyler and BK. We’re not breaking up, we’re just venturing out.”

Hubbard concludes, “There’s a lot going on. We want to make sure that our truth is out there for you guys and our genuine excitement and support of each other for the next chapter of our career, of our music, of our journey. We’re really excited. Lot’s changed.”