Straight outta Ormond

Brian Kelley

Country music superstar and Ormond Beach native Brian Kelley is pledging he’s a “Florida Boy Forever” with his debut album, "Sunshine State of Mind," which will be available June 25 from Warner Music Nashville/Nashville South Records.

“They say write what you know and this is the first time I really wrote for me. These songs are my babies, y’all,” Mr. Kelley stated in a news release. “This project came from a real place – my experiences as a kid in Florida, getting away and finally moving back – and it’s just been a very life-giving thing for me. I hope fans get to know a little more about me, hear my voice, and that 'Sunshine State of Mind' takes you on a dreamlike vacation as soon as you hit play. Welcome to Season One.”

Making a splash with BK’s Wave Pack EP, critics and fans alike are ready to “get baked and lay back stoned” (MusicRow) with more kick-back music. ET Online applauded the “sun-soaked collection,” while Barstool Sports called it, “Good old fun, upbeat, feet in the sand, beer in your hand, summer music.” Billboard further praised Kelley’s signature “easy-going sound that combines surf and spurs.”

Born to make waves from the start, the Volusia County native looks beyond the water’s edge and deep dives into the place where his soul is most at peace. Leading the 17-track lost-in-the-sunset batch with a “Boat Names” dedication, he finds all-good inspiration while reconnecting to his Florida roots in the album. Blazing a sonic path through the coastal dunes of his childhood, Mr. Kelley co-penned and co-produced the project alongside Corey Crowder.

The track list:

1. “Boat Names” (Brian Kelley, Parker Welling, Casey Brown)

2. “Made By The Water” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Randy Montana)

3. “Sunburnt” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin)

4. “Highway On The Water” (Brian Kelley, Blake Redferrin, Jake Rose)

5. “Real Good Day” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Chase McGill)

6. “Party On The Beach” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin, Canaan Smith)

7. “Don’t Take Much” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Canaan Smith)

8. “Fish All Day” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin, Canaan Smith)

9. “Boat Ride” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Canaan Smith)

10. “Beach Cowboy” (Brian Kelley, Blake Redferrin, Jake Rose) *

11. “By Boat” (Brian Kelley, Jimmy Robbins, Nicolle Galyon)

12. “Songs For You” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin)

13. “Say The Word” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Chris Loocke, Blake Redferrin, Joe Clemmons) +

14. “Horses On The Beach” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin, Jake Rose)

15. “Savannah” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin, Canaan Smith)

16. “Sunday Service In The Sand” (Brian Kelley, Blake Redferrin, Canaan Smith, Jake Rose)

17. “Florida Boy Forever” (Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Redferrin, Canaan Smith, Jake Rose)

* Co-Produced by Jake Rose

+ Co-Produced by Chris Loocke

Continuing to welcome viewers into his “Beach Cowboy” way-of-life after dropping the music videos with BK’s Wave Pack, Mr. Kelley’s rolling out two more as he adds an immersive visual experience to his music. Ditching his motorcycle and the asphalt for a “Highway On The Water,” his collaborator, Ben Christensen, stars in and directs the “make our own road”-style clip captured on-location in his home base of Phoenix with Mr. Kelley opening the cinematic cruiser with full dialogue. Needing nothing more than making some good memories on the water with his girl by his side in the footage, the same sweet sentiment rings true in the idyllic Mr. Christensen-directed “Songs For You” video, featuring Mr. Kelley and wife Brittney, plus local couples they met while exploring Grayton Beach. Taking a page right out of his songbook, the real-life romances slow dance around the “picture-perfect end to a day.”

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