Debut single due May 20th
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard has signed with EMI Records Nashville. The country star has been working on his solo project for over a year to much speculation and anticipation. After sharing previews of new music on his socials earlier this week, Hubbard revealed the lead single “5 Foot 9” comes out May 20th and impacts country radio May 23rd.
Hubbard wrote “5 Foot 9” with Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill, and co-produced the track with Jordan Schmidt. As he works towards his first solo album release, Hubbard shares, “Songwriting is central to everything I do as an artist. It has allowed me to connect with fans for many years, and I’m excited for everyone to hear new music for a new chapter in my career.”
For the new album, Hubbard teamed up with some of Nashville’s most prominent hitmakers including Ross Copperman, Zach Kale, Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson, Jon Nite, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and more. The project will show Hubbard’s many musical sides and influences from urban to contemporary Christian with his country roots remaining in the forefront.
For the past decade, country fans have gotten to know Hubbard as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling, record-breaking duo Florida Georgia Line. Hubbard has written seven No. 1 hits for FGL (singing lead vocal on all 19) plus, he has written cuts for artists across multiple genres including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Chris Tomlin, Nelly and Bebe Rexha.
Last year, Hubbard and FGL partner Brian Kelley initially announced they would be releasing solo projects as they continued to release and perform as the chart-topping genre-bending duo. Kelley released his solo debut album, Sunshine State of Mind, with Warner Music Nashville/Nashville South Records, Inc while Hubbard continue to release music with Tim McGraw and Lathan Warlick.
Last summer, the duo canceled their 2021 I Love My Country Tour due to COVID concerns. Earlier this year, they confirmed that they’re “taking a break” following a run of shows that ends August 26th with a festival appearance in Canada. They continue that sentiment in a recent interview with a Florida radio station.
“We’ve got, I think at this point, 10 or 11 more shows this year,” Kelley tells 99.5 QYK. “We’re taking a break after that, so if you want to see us, this is the year to do it. I don’t know after that what the plan is. It’s not clear to me. At the end of the day, we’re brothers, so we’ll always have each other‘s back and support, and that’s what it should be.”