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Kelley is "Florida Strong"

Friday, November 18, 2022 – Brian Kelley is today delivering a tribute to his home state, "Florida Strong," via Big Machine Records to benefit victims of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

All royalties will be donated equally to the American Red Cross and Florida Disaster Fund to support hurricane relief wherever it is needed through Dec. 31. Proceeds are intended to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from these disasters including Hurricanes Ian and Nicole and other storms that may impact this year.

Kelley also released a lyric video of the song.

"My parents raised me knowing that everyone in my home state of Florida is a neighbor, and we help when and however we can," said Kelley, an Ormond Beach, Fla. resident. "I was sitting at my kitchen table a couple days after Hurricane Ian hit, praying for the recovery and wanting to help."

"Next thing I knew, 'Florida Strong' just poured out of me," said Kelley. "All proceeds through the end of the year from this song are going to the American Red Cross and Florida Disaster Fund. Let's help build back Florida to the place we all know and love. I'll be a Florida boy forever, and we are 'Florida Strong.'"

Kelley, who is also one half of Florida Georgia Line, offers a message of resilience in "Florida Strong," vowing to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Ian's destructive fury. Written solo and produced by Kelley alongside Katlin Owen, lyrics include:
"'Cause we love where we live / And we ain't goin' at it alone / We got each others' backs / We are Florida strong."

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