Tyler Hubbard Makes Opry Debut As Solo Artist With His Family In Tow

Hubbard also earned his first solo No.1 with “5 Foot 9.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 14, 2022


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Tyler Hubbard and Family; Photos via Instagram

Tyler Hubbard made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a solo artist on Friday (Nov. 11) with his family right by his side. 

Hubbard posted a series of photos to social media documenting this career milestone. In addition to his on-stage moments, the singer/songwriter was captured backstage and at the historic Opry entrance smiling from ear to ear next to his wife, Hayley, and their three kids, Luca, Olivia and Atlas. 

The comment section of his most recent post included plenty of congratulatory messages from friends, family, and fellow artists like Jelly Roll.

“Hell yea baby—- it’s one thing in life to be blessed enough to live the dream- you my friend are about to do it twice 🙏” Jelly Roll wrote referring to Hubbard’s first Opry debut in 2012 when he was a member of the successful country duo, Florida Georgia Line. 

“Couldn’t be more honored to be making my solo debut at the @opry  on November 11th,” the Georgia-native shared in a previous post announcing the news of his debut performance. “To have the opportunity to play on the stage where so many of my hero’s have played means everything.”

Female powerhouse, Mickey Guyton also took the stage of the Opry on the same night, and she too brought her little one, Grayson, along to celebrate. In a recent post to Instagram, Guyton shared an adorable photo of her son and Hubbard’s daughter Olivia bonding as they held hands and walked through the halls backstage.

Her caption read, “I cannot. Grayson has a new best friend @tylerhubbard @hayley_hubbard. 🥹”

“The sweetest little friends 🥹😍” Hayley wrote in response.

Earlier this year, Tyler Hubbard and the other half of Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley, officially said goodbye to their partnership and have since spent their time building their solo careers.

During his recent appearance at the historic venue, Hubbard performed his first release as a solo artist, “5 Foot 9.” This song has continued to gain popularity among his fanbase since it first dropped and now, it is officially No. 1 at country radio. 

“Reaching No.1 with my first single as a solo artist is an incredible feeling,” Hubbard shared in a statement. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude when I think of everyone who has supported and stood behind me. I’m thankful to the fans, country radio, my team, and everyone at EMI Records and UMG Nashville for believing in me and working so hard to make this dream become a reality.”

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The “Baby Gets Her Lovin’” singer has already released a 6-track EP titled, Dancin’ In The Country, which features his No. 1 hit, but on January 27, he will drop his self-titled debut solo album. The 18-song album was produced by Hubbard and Jordan Schmidt, and he wrote on all of the tracks.

“I know the importance and the value of this first album and really setting the foundation for what’s to come down the road,” Hubbard said in a release. “I’m really proud of this music, and first and foremost excited for everyone to get to know me.”

Tyler Hubbard recently wrapped up his time on the road in support of Keith Urban’s The Speed Of Now World Tour. Hubbard joined the trek on September 3rd alongside the 3x GRAMMY-nominated hitmaker Ingrid Andress. 

His next performance is slated for November 30 in Cedar Park, TX. 

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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.