Brian Kelley Makes His Solo Television Performance Debut With ‘See You Next Summer’ On ‘GMA’
The country star brought his Beach Cowboy energy to the ‘Good Morning America’ stage.
Brian Kelley; Photo by ABC/Heidi Gutman
Brian Kelley brought feel-good vibes to ABC’s Good Morning America when he made his solo television performance debut with his current single, “See You Next Summer.”
The DIAMOND-selling superstar donned a Canadian tuxedo and white cowboy hat as he brought his breezy summer anthem to the GMA stage on Tuesday, August 8. Bright lights flashed across the stage while images of a tropical beach appeared in the background, setting the tone for the mid-tempo song penned by David Garcia, Michael Hardy, and Hillary Lindsey.
Throughout the performance, Bryan dives into a sound full of country-laced passion and electronic beats as he illustrates the carefree excitement of stepping into a summer love that has the potential of lasting beyond just a short-lived fling.
Produced by Dann Huff, the Top 35-and-rising release marked the Florida native’s first time in the most-added position at Country radio as a solo artist. With 80 first-week stations launching “See You Next Summer” via Big Machine Records, the song has already surpassed 5.2 million streams to date.
In response to seeing the song do so well right out of the gates, Kelley took to social media to say, “Blown away y’all!!!!! Thank you COUNTRY RADIO!!!!!!! Beyond grateful!!! Fired up!!!!”
Debut Solo Album In The Works
This single gives fans a glimpse into Kelley’s forthcoming debut album as a solo artist. When it comes to selecting songs to include in this next collection of work, the Florida native says following what he calls the “Garth and Kenny model.”
This means that he’s striving to write as many of his own songs as he can, while also being open to recording outside cuts by his fellow songwriters. Kelley previously discussed this creative process during an in-depth Q&A session with American Songwriter that took place during CMA Fest in Nashville.
“There’s no ego here, it’s best song wins,” he explained.
The country singer went on to say that “See You Next Summer” serves as a great example of this because although he didn’t write it, the tune is still a great fit for his catalog. Plus, as turns out, the steadfast love story of this tune happens to represents his own with his wife, Brittney Kelley.
“I am living that song,” he admitted. “It’s that forever kind of love song and I think that’s why it resonated with me…I couldn’t find a reason not to record it.”
While speaking with the outlet about his solo venture, the singer/songwriter also opened up about his time spent as one-half of the critically-acclaimed country duo, Florida Georgia Line. Despite the fact that the Beach Cowboy is no longer pursuing a career alongside Tyler Hubbard, he explained that he has nothing but good things to say about what they built together.
Kelley claimed that time was “extra special” and he’s still “humbled” by what they accomplished together. The pair first crossed paths in a worship group on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. Soon after, they started to write music together and in 2010, they dropped their first EP as an independent duo.
Their duo was propelled into success when their 2012 song “Cruise” became a breakout hit. Not only did the song reach No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart that year, but it went on to sell more than 7.5 million downloads by 2020 in the U.S. Eventually, “Cruise” became their first of two diamond-certified singles, followed by “Meant to Be,” featuring Bebe Rexha.
Reflecting on their journey, Kelley claimed that he is holding onto the “foundation” that was built during Florida Georgia Line and carrying it with him as he continues on with his solo career. The singer/songwriter also made note of all the lessons he learned along the way, including what it means to strive for fan “happiness” and the importance of knowing how to put on a good live performance.
“It’s a really special time in my life,” he said of his new chapter as a solo artist.
In addition to his latest release, Kelley’s solo venture has also produced songs like “American Spirit,” “Florida Strong,” “Made By The Water,” “Sunday Service In The Sand,” and more.
On Tour Now
Brian Kelley will get to showcase these songs and more during his upcoming performances in Oralndo, FL on September 11 and Raleigh, NC on December 7. Plus, he will make his way to the UK on September 28 for the inaugural country music festival, Jags Country.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.