As Tyler Hubbard wraps up 2022, he’s taking a moment to reflect on all the ups and downs the last few years have brought him and his family.
One change that had perhaps the greatest impact on his life during this time was saying goodbye to Florida Georgia Line with his musical partner, Brian Kelley.
Since their official split from the band earlier this year, Hubbard and Kelley have each spent time building their solo careers. Hubbard explained that with this new journey, the feeling of stability is starting to creep its way back into his life amid all the recent chaos.
“I’m just super thankful to kind of be in a place of, I guess I feel like we’ve made it through the thick—we kept calling it, ‘Man, we’re in the thick of it,’” he said in a recent interview with his record label. “We had a rough last couple of years, you know, my wife and I and family, getting through the pandemic, injuries, we had our third baby, the big transition career-wise – so everything at once, it felt like our world was somewhat collapsing. So now we’re in this stage of the rebuild, and not only can we see the light at the end of the tunnel, it almost feels like we’re there.”
In the last few months, Hubbard has been reinventing himself as a solo artist by releasing new, authentic music, serving as an opening act, and enjoying this next chapter of his career. He also made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry as a solo artist. Through it all, the “5 Foot 9” singer’s wife, Hayley, and their three kids, Luca, Olivia, and Atlas have been by his side showing their utmost support.
“I just look around every day lately and I’m just so grateful to be able to be back on tour, able to play shows, my kids are healthy, we’re all happy and in a good place and getting into a rhythm and having a good balance in our life between work and family and just feeling really good.”
He added, “So, as I’m approaching Thanksgiving here, I’m just really kind of looking back and reflecting on this last year and how different it was last year and even the year before that, and just how grateful I am to be able to be making music and doing what I love and also being really present as a dad and getting to watch these kids grow up. It’s really a cool blessing for sure.”
Hubbard also discussed his plans for the holiday season, which switches into high gear in a few days with Thanksgiving. Even though he’s a popular country music star who’s reaching the top of his game, his Thanksgiving appears to be a classic celebration of good food, good company and plenty of relaxation.
“Favorite Thanksgiving tradition for me is probably just getting together with family, having a big meal and watching a little football and taking a nice long nap. I mean, we didn’t reinvent the wheel with Thanksgiving by any means. But my Nanny (grandmother) does make a pretty mean sweet potato casserole, so that’s one of my favorites that I look forward to and I don’t know if that’s a tradition or not, but in my head it is. I love it.”
With the new year quickly approaching, Hubbard revealed he will be kicking things off strong with the release of his self-titled debut solo album, available on January 27, 2023. The Georgia native served as both a producer, alongside Jordan Schmidt, and a writer on each of the 18 tracks for this upcoming project.
The highly anticipated album is set to feature Hubbard’s hit debut solo single “5 Foot 9,” which recently hit No. 1 at country radio, in addition to songs that Hubbard has been playing live while on tour this fall.
“I know the importance and the value of this first album and really setting the foundation for what’s to come down the road,” says Hubbard on his new collection. “I’m really proud of this music, and first and foremost excited for everyone to get to know me.”
In anticipation of his debut solo album, this summer Hubbard released a six song project, Dancin’ In The Country, which became the second best-selling country EP debut of the year.
Tyler Hubbard recently wrapped up his time serving as support for the fall leg of Keith Urban’s The Speed of Now Tour. His next performance is scheduled for November 30 in Cedar Park, TX.