Charles Kelley
American singer-songwriter
Charles Kelley
Charles Burgess Kelley is an American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum, a country rock trio formed in 2006 and signed to Capitol Nashville.
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After short hiatus, Lady Antebellum is back with new music
Yahoo News - about 1 month
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The short hiatus country vocal trio Lady Antebellum announced in 2015 kept them apart for longer than they had been in a decade. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley went in different directions on their solo albums, while Dave Haywood honed his skills as a producer.
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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Talks About Being A New Dad
Huffington Post - 10 months
Charles Kelley has enjoyed enormous success as part of country music supergroup Lady Antebellum. Recently, Kelley decided to strike out on his own with his hit album, "The Driver," and embark on a solo tour. Kelley took time out of his busy schedule to talk to The Huffington Post via email about his exclusive, Mercedes-Benz-sponsored performance at the Masters golf tournament, what it's like being a new dad and when fans can expect new music from Lady Antebellum.  How was performing at The Masters as an avid golfer and someone from Augusta?  It’s always cool to go back home to Augusta, especially during The Masters week. I’ve had the chance to go before as a fan, I used to work it as a kid and have played the course before, but I never had really thought about being able to perform too. So, [it's] sort of a bucket-list thing I was able to do with Mercedes-Benz this year. What is it like being a new dad? Oh, man, there is nothing like it. It seems like every day, he get ...
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Review: Charles Kelley’s ‘The Driver’ Calls Out Nashville
NYTimes - about 1 year
Mr. Kelley’s first solo album reflects on the country-music industry in songs about failure and secondary players.
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Front Row: Charles Kelley, 'The Only One Who Gets Me (1 Mic 1 Take)'
NPR - about 1 year
Lady Antebellum singer turns wistful and reflective on a stripped-down performance for 1 Mic 1 Take, and discusses the unexpected direction of his solo album.
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R.I.P., Glenn Frey: Colorado's Role in the Formation of the Eagles - Westword
Google News - about 1 year
Westword R.I.P., Glenn Frey: Colorado's Role in the Formation of the Eagles Westword Glenn Frey passed away on Monday, January 18, at the age of 67. As a member of the Eagles, he helped pen and perform several staples of what is now the American classic-rock canon. All humorous references to The Dude's assessment of the Eagles in ... Remembering Glenn Frey, And The Night Belushi And Walsh Trashed A Chicago ...CBS Local Charles Kelley Comments on Glenn Frey: 'He's One of the Greatest Songwriters Ever'Taste of Country Glenn Frey Was Hospitalized Since November, Bob Seger SaysTheWrap Us Weekly -CNN -Times Record all 457 news articles »
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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Breaks Out With Solo Album
Huffington Post - about 1 year
No, Lady Antebellum isn't breaking up, but one of the group's members is branching out. Charles Kelley, who has been a part of the country music trio for 10 years, is gearing up to release his first-ever solo album, "The Driver," on Feb. 5. As a plus, the title song off the record has already earned him a Grammy nomination. "That was a really big boost of confidence," Kelley told The Huffington Post of the Best Country Duo/Group Performance nod. "Starting out with this process, we always knew it was going to be interesting to see how many fans would connect the dots between Charles Kelley and 'That guy from Lady Antebellum.' I am starting over, and there's something that's humbling and exciting about it." Although "The Driver" isn't the "obvious, straight-out-the-gate, radio-friendly song," according to Kelley, the singer says it means a lot more to him than just any other tune, especially now that it's been recognized. "I feel kind of validated," he said. "To put that so ...
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One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ali Sinicrope and her husband would like to buy a house, but they’re not sure they can afford it. They’re public school teachers in Middletown, Connecticut, and they owe $80,000 in student loans. “It just adds up,” Sinicrope, 40, said of the $600 monthly payment her family strains to make. “That’s less money, now, that we can save toward a house, that’s less money that we can put toward our kids’ college tuition.” Connecticut lawmakers want families like the Sinicropes to spend less on student loan payments and more on everything else. Starting next year, the state will offer a refinancing program that’ll allow some borrowers to save money by lowering the interest rates on their loans.   “The burden of this debt is a real millstone around the neck of our economy, and we need to address it,” said state Rep. Matt Lesser, a Democrat who represents Middletown. Almost 18 percent of Connecticut residents who have a credit file have student debt — $31,100, on average, according to ...
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One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ali Sinicrope and her husband would like to buy a house, but they’re not sure they can afford it. They’re public school teachers in Middletown, Connecticut, and they owe $80,000 in student loans. “It just adds up,” Sinicrope, 40, said of the $600 monthly payment her family strains to make. “That’s less money, now, that we can save toward a house, that’s less money that we can put toward our kids’ college tuition.” Connecticut lawmakers want families like the Sinicropes to spend less on student loan payments and more on everything else. Starting next year, the state will offer a refinancing program that’ll allow some borrowers to save money by lowering the interest rates on their loans.   “The burden of this debt is a real millstone around the neck of our economy, and we need to address it,” said state Rep. Matt Lesser, a Democrat who represents Middletown. Almost 18 percent of Connecticut residents who have a credit file have student debt — $31,100, on average, according to ...
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One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ali Sinicrope and her husband would like to buy a house, but they’re not sure they can afford it. They’re public school teachers in Middletown, Connecticut, and they owe $80,000 in student loans. “It just adds up,” Sinicrope, 40, said of the $600 monthly payment her family strains to make. “That’s less money, now, that we can save toward a house, that’s less money that we can put toward our kids’ college tuition.” Connecticut lawmakers want families like the Sinicropes to spend less on student loan payments and more on everything else. Starting next year, the state will offer a refinancing program that’ll allow some borrowers to save money by lowering the interest rates on their loans.   “The burden of this debt is a real millstone around the neck of our economy, and we need to address it,” said state Rep. Matt Lesser, a Democrat who represents Middletown. Almost 18 percent of Connecticut residents who have a credit file have student debt — $31,100, on average, according to ...
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Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute: A New Attempt at Bridge-Building for Childhood Cancer Research
Huffington Post - about 2 years
We live in an era of immense hope for the future of cancer research and the quest for new and promising treatments. The identification of new genetic mutations as viable markers for therapeutic development is driving researchers and clinicians to focus on specific pathways for targeted therapies. Scientific sequencing and analysis to locate these mutations is becoming more reasonably priced. Accordingly, more people diagnosed with cancer rely upon precision medicine to treat their disease. President Obama, in the recent 2015 State of the Union Speech, even called for the government to provide new research funding for precision, or personalized medicine. Consequently, more people with cancer today have renewed and increased hope for survival. Unfortunately, this was not my family's personal experience when my wife and I were told about our two-year old daughter's terminal brain cancer in April 2008. For children diagnosed with cancer, the number one cause of death by disease ...
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RI Student Loan Authority may reduce payments for startups
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Ruth Simon reports for The Wall Street Journal: The rising mountain of student debt, recently closing in on $1.2 trillion, is forcing some entrepreneurs to abandon startup dreams and others … to radically reshape their business plans. [...] At least one state has taken steps to alleviate the pressures. California this year enacted legislation that will reduce college costs for middle-class Californians who attend its public universities. Similarly, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, a quasigovernmental nonprofit group, is looking at whether it is feasible to temporarily forbear or reduce payments for recent graduates who start a businesses or go to work for a new venture. The aim is to give recent graduates “the opportunity to try working for a startup or creating a startup instead of having to run off to Arizona and start working for Intel,” says Charles P. Kelley, RISLA executive director. The R.I. Student Loan Authority (RISLA) is one of Rhode Island’s two quasi-publ ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Kelley
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    The couple welcomed their son Ward Charles Kelley on February 11, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of his brother Josh Kelley's marriage, Kelley is the brother in-law of actress Katherine Heigl. Kelley had the lyrics, "All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise," from the Beatles song, "Blackbird", tattooed on his right forearm in early 2009. In 2010, Kelley got a second tattoo, a design of the "flower of life", on his upper left arm. In addition to being an avid golfer, Kelley is a motorcycle enthusiast and owns a 2006 Harley Softail Custom.
    His solo debut studio album The Driver was released on February 5, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Kelley's other works consist of co-writing songs for other artists, mainly with Lady Antebellum bandmate, Dave Haywood. One of those songs was "Do I" on labelmate Luke Bryan's 2009 album, Doin' My Thing. Written in late 2008, the song was released to radio in April 2009 and peaked at No. 2 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart in December of that year. The song also featured Lady Antebellum's HIllary Scott on background vocals.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    During the band's break, Kelley will be working on a solo project and says Lady Antebellum is his priority but he wanted to try working alone out. On September 28, 2015, he released his debut solo single "The Driver" which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay.
    More Details Hide Details Kelley revealed on GMA that he started working on his solo project six months prior to his single's release. "The Driver" received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
    On August 28, 2015, his wife Cassie appeared on Good Morning America to reveal her fertility struggle and also announced they are expecting a baby boy.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    Kelley and Haywood co-wrote the semi-autobiographical track "Better Than This" on (Encore), the 2013 re-issue of rising country star Hunter Hayes' self-titled debut album. Kelley is married to longtime girlfriend Cassie McConnell. The couple wed in a Nashville courthouse in late June 2009 as a legal formality before having a destination wedding in the Bahamas.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In 2010, Kelley and Haywood wrote "Kiss Me Slowly" with Will Anderson, lead singer of the pop rock band, Parachute.
    More Details Hide Details The song made it on to Parachute's second studio album, The Way It Was, and was released to iTunes in the weeks leading up to the release of the album. That same year, Kelley, along with Scott and Haywood, recorded a duet with Maroon 5 called "Out of Goodbyes" as Lady Antebellum. The song was included on Maroon 5's third studio album, Hands All Over, but was never released as a single. In addition, Kelley has co-written numerous songs for his brother, Josh Kelley. Those songs are "Just Say the Word" and "Pop Game" on Josh's 2006 album, Just Say the Word, which were written by the brothers with Haywood; "Lift Me Up" and "Stay Awake" on 2008's Special Company; and "Georgia Clay" and "Ain't Lettin' Go" on his 2011 country debut, Georgia Clay.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    Charles and Cassie wed on July 6, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details On Aug 7, 2015, it was announced that the couple are expecting their first child in February 2016.
    In 2009, Kelley and Haywood penned a song called "It's Only" for Danny Gokey's debut album, My Best Days, with "I Run to You" cowriter, Tom Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, the two also wrote "Love Song" with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, which Lambert would later record for her third studio album, Revolution, and Kelley would sing background on.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Since Lady Antebellum won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008, they have accumulated seven more awards, including their first Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2009 CMA's, the group ended Rascal Flatts' six-year reign as Vocal Group of the Year. At the 2010 CMA's, the group became the first artist in CMA Award history to receive the Single of the Year honor for two consecutive years. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year. They won Top Vocal Group at the 2012 ACM Awards April 1, 2012.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In 2006, prior to forming the band, Kelley released a solo album called 2 to 9's.
    More Details Hide Details The record met with little mainstream success, but was well-rated by listeners.
    Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood founded the country music group Lady Antebellum in 2006 and released their self-titled debut album in April 2008. The trio either wrote or co-wrote ten of the eleven songs on the album, which featured production by Paul Worley and Victoria Shaw. The album included the trio's debut hit, "Love Don't Live Here", along with the singles, "Lookin' for a Good Time" and "I Run to You", the latter of which became their first number one hit on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details It was certified platinum by the RIAA in October 2009. In 2008, they returned to Charles' and Dave's former high school alma mater, Lakeside High School, and performed a short concert in the gymnasium. In January 2010, Lady Antebellum released their second album, Need You Now, which was led off by the five-week number one and crossover hit, "Need You Now". It also peaked at number two on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 and is 6x certified Platinum. All three members of the band co-wrote eight of the eleven songs on the album and produced alongside Worley. The album generated the number one hits, "American Honey" and "Our Kind of Love", and the top 10 single, "Hello World", and was certified triple platinum in October 2010. In May 2011, Lady Antebellum released "Just a Kiss" as the first single from their third studio album, Own the Night, which was released on September 13, 2011, and became their fifth number one hit. "Just a Kiss" was 2x certified Platinum by the RIAA. It stayed on the Hot 100 for forty-two weeks. The second single "We Owned the Night" also became a number one hit and was certified Gold. The third single "Dancin' Away with My Heart" was also certified Gold and peaked at number two. "Wanted You More" was released as the fourth and final single from the album.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in mid-2005 to pursue a musical career, Kelley worked in his brother John's construction business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as an accountant for an affiliated waste management company.
    More Details Hide Details Kelley made the move after his brother Josh, who was a pop musician at the time, bought a house in Nashville and convinced him to come live there so they could write songs together.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Kelley attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he was a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in finance.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1981.
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