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Mike & Molly show uses Josh Kelley song

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Josh Kelley co-wrote the theme song to the new CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," which is just one of many of his compositions featured in TV shows and movies.

Kelley co-wrote I See Love with blues singer Keb' Mo', who sings the song in the version selected as the "Mike & Molly" theme. "The Mike & Molly theme song came around sort of randomly," Kelley said. "In 2004, I called up Keb' Mo' and said, 'I'd really love to write a song with you.' He called me back and said, 'Let's do it.' I drove up to his house, and we sat around for a while and we wrote this song called I See Love. He put it on his album.

"Probably six months ago, he called me and said, 'There's a TV show called Mike and Molly that wants to use the song because they came to my live show and heard it. The creators of the show loved it.' I didn't think much about it."

"The next thing you know, he's calling me and saying that they took it. It's funny because now I'm a really big fan of the show, and every time I watch it, I get to hear this cool song."

Kelley is considering recording a country version of the song on his next album. "The lyrics tell a story and I think they are country lyrics. I definitely think it can be a country song for sure," he said. "It's like the guy has been around the world and done all of these little things, and it's in his journey that he learns how to actually see love for what it is. It's traveling that makes it possible for his brain to see love the way he should be seeing it and love that has been right in front of his face his whole life."

Kelley's music has been featured in MTV's "The Hills," ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" and "What About Brian" and the CW's "Smallville," as well as movies including "Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Prince and Me. "

"A fulfilling part of my life is being able to write songs for film and television and also write songs for other artists," he said.

Kelley's first country disc, "Georgia Clay," drops March 22. He co-wrote the title track with his brother, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, and his producer Clint Lagerberg.

Lady Antebellum recently recorded his song Like I Do for possible inclusion on their upcoming album, and Warner artist Jason Jones is releasing Kelley's song Ferris Wheel as his first single. "It's a good time," Kelley said. "I feel like I'm still at the bottom of the ladder, but climbing up steady-eddy for sure right now. I've got a long way to go, but I love the journey."

His music has also been featured in movies starring his wife. Tidal Wave was in "Life As We Know It," Unfair was in "27 Dresses" and Under the Covers was in "The Ugly Truth." But Kelley said being married to the film's star didn't give him an advantage in getting his songs chosen for the movie. "I thought I would," he said. "I thought I would have a really good 'in' there, but it comes down to the music supervisors and whether they like it or not. That would be nice if they would just throw me a bone. It's a good testament to the quality of the music and just getting better over the years."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton shows his traditional roots – Chris Stapleton's All-American Road show feels like a singular mission to rid the genre of the bro country scourge that has plagued it for years. He came out with a blazing one-two punch of "Second One To Know" and "Without Your Love" and packed a stadium sized onslaught into a 9,000-seat arena. He never once veered from his... »»»
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