Revealing official details on Good Morning America yesterday morning, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Charles Kelley sends “The Driver” to Country radio 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.”
Fans can listen to “The Driver” here: http://umgn.us/cktdv