Brian Kelley Salutes The Red, White, and Blue With Patriotic Anthem, ‘American Spirit’

Brian Kelley salutes the red, white, and blue in his brand new single, “American Spirit.”  “‘American Spirit’ is a tribute…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 15, 2022

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Brian Kelley – American Spirit

Brian Kelley salutes the red, white, and blue in his brand new single, “American Spirit.” 

“‘American Spirit’ is a tribute to my Poppy and Uncle Mike who both served, and to all of our service members and first responders who keep us safe and free – past, present, and future,” Kelley shared upon the track’s release. “I love our great country and will always support our brave defenders.”

Kelley co-wrote “American Spirit” alongside Blake Redferrin and Canaan Smith. He also co-produced with Jake Rose. 

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The track is a celebration of the U.S.A with lyrics like: 

Oh, in every big city in all the small towns
Hats come off when the flags come out 
Every mom-and-pop shop is flyin’ ‘em proud 
Because you can’t take down

American spirit, that red, white and blue
It’s flyin’ for freedom for me and for you
It’s what I believe in, this country I love 
That American spirit runs in our blood

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This week, the Florida native, who originally rose to fame as one half of Florida Georgia Line, is bringing the song to life with a patriotic new music video. 

Directed by Ben Christensen, scenes of the video were captured during the annual Grayton Beach, Florida Independence Day Parade. 

“We wanted to capture the energy and spirit of Fourth of July at home in Florida. The parade grows every year in Grayton Beach, and the celebration on the beach gets even more fun!” Kelley said. “Our friends always set up a huge flag in front of their driveway, so during the afternoon when everyone was at the beach, we did one quick performance shot for this music video to tie it all in with the great footage we captured of families and friends celebrating, soaking up the Florida sun, and giving thanks to our service members. I just love our town – good times, good vibez, and good people.”

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“American Spirit” marks Brian Kelley’s first solo release via Big Machine Records after releasing his solo effort, Sunshine State Of Mind, on Warner Music Nashville in 2021.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.