Revealing official details on Good Morning America this morning, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Charles Kelley sends “The Driver” to Country radio today as the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville.
Written by Kelley, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa and born in a ratty studio in the back of producer Paul Worley’s offices, Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key than what listeners have been hearing from him in a group setting. His unmatched perspective of hours spent on the road pursuing a life-long dream is present through his impeccable voice, along with special guests Dierks Bentley and Paslay.
“The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills, and Nash story song,” Kelley says of the lyrics. “We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought maybe it’ll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we’ll scrap it, maybe I’ll pitch the song to other singers.”
“Having Hillary and Dave’s support means a lot to me,” adds Kelley. “We love each other and we’re having a blast. This was just a pure musical detour, to take myself out of my own head and off the treadmill for a minute. I hope and think it can bring in a fresh perspective when we go back in to make the next Lady Antebellum record.”
Tonight, Kelley will also appear on ABC’s Nightline (ABC at 11:35P CT) when Lady Antebellum takes cameras backstage for their sold out first headlining hometown arena show in Nashville, TN. For more information and for a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.facebook.com/CharlesKelley.