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Lady A's Kelley releases single

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sent his single, "The Driver," to country radio on Monday.

The song is the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville.

Written by Kelley, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa and produced by Paul Worley, 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. Dierks Bentley and Paslay sing on the song as well.

"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," said 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."

Kelley sat down with ABC's Juju Chang on Good Morning America to discuss the music.

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