Josh Kelley is an American singer/songwriter who began his career at age eleven.
By age 14, Kelley, along with his brother Charles (now a member of Lady Antebellum,) formed a band called Inside Blue and released an album.
In 2001, Kelley caught his break when he released an independent album called Changing Faces. He was signed to Hollywood Records in 2002, releasing 2003’s For the Ride Home, which was produced by John Alagia and featured the single “Amazing.” In 2005, he released his second official album, Almost Honest, featuring the single “Only You.” In 2006, he dropped Hollywood Records and released Just Say the Word under his own label called Threshold Records and featuring the single “The Pop Game.”
Due to another company having the same name, he changed the name of his record label to DNK Records in 2008. In the same year, he released the album Special Company, the strictly digital album Backwoods, and his latest album To Remember, which was strictly released through Target stores.
His music has been featured on various soundtracks, including A Cinderella Story, Raising Helen, John Tucker Must Die, 27 Dresses, Picture This and The Ugly Truth. (Two of these films happened to star his wife; actress Katherine Heigl.)
Kelley has toured with artists like Ryan Cabrera, Toby Lightman, the Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind and Rod Stewart, while he was featured on Bonnaroo’s lineup in 2003. He’s also a believer in file sharing applications, (a rare thing for musicians to support,) as these programs allow independent artists without a record label to reach their audience more easily.
He signed with MCA Nashville (Universal Music Group) in 2009, and since has recorded his latest album, due for release later this year. The first single off of this album, “Georgia Clay,” was released August 10th of this year. It was co-written by his brother Charles and producer Clint Lagerberg, and is dedicated to the experience he and his brother shared in childhood of being taught to drive, by their father.
Says Kelley of his decision to switch to country music, “Country is where I’m going to live out the rest of my career… This is the style and level of songwriting that I’ve always wanted. I’m coming home.” Indeed, the Georgia-born native has made a name for himself through over five albums and nine singles of radio-pop and folk, and many fans feel his newest release will be promising.
Other tracks off of his yet-to-be-released album include “Gone Like That,” “Great Idea” and “Naleigh Moon.” He is currently touring through December of this year.
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