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Country duo Florida Georgia Line recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The pair discussed their first big break, their friendship and collaborating with GRAMMY-winning rapper Nelly on a remix for "Cruise," a song featured on their 2012 debut album, Here's To The Good Times.
"From day one we've just been best friends. It's all kind of happened organically," said Tyler Hubbard, one-half of the duo. "[We] both had the same dream and same vision, and it just works. We feel like God put us together for a reason and this is what we're meant to do."
Florida Georgia Line — featuring Georgia native Hubbard and Florida's Brian Kelley — formed at Nashville's Belmont University, where the two met as students and began playing local clubs and writing songs together between classes. In 2010 they released a six-track EP, Anything Like Me and followed with 2012's It'z Just What We Do, an EP that featured the infectious "Cruise."
Propelled by the success of "Cruise," which held the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for a record 22 weeks, Florida Georgia Line's debut studio album, Here's To The Good Times, landed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Released in December 2012, the 11-track set was produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer/engineer Joey Moi (Nickelback), and includes the hits "Cruise," "Get Your Shine On," and "Round Here." A remix of "Cruise" featuring Nelly was released in April and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 100.
Florida Georgia Line are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour opening for Luke Bryan, with dates scheduled through October. On Oct. 3 the duo will kick off their Here's To The Good Times headlining tour in Brookings, S.D., with dates scheduled through December.
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