One-third of Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley, recently embarked on a solo career, eliciting support and praise from his peers in the industry and the country music fan base. With his Grammy-nominated debut single, “The Driver”, featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, Kelley made his singular presence realized quickly, leaving fans hungry for more from the talented singer-songwriter.
In anticipation of his first solo project, The Driver, Kelley surprised the public with the release of another track off his album, “Leaving Nashville”, written by Abe Stoklasa and Donovan Woods. Immediately causing a response from those who can identify with the lyrics of the song, Kelley’s corresponding “Leaving Nashville” video was shared by fellow artists, songwriters, and country music fans alike, accompanied by positive remarks.
Recording the song with one mic and in one take, Kelley gorgeously croons about the truths surrounding the ups and downs of being a professional songwriter, living on hopes and too many “no’s”. The Stoklasa and Woods penned tune demonstrates the tenacity and passion of writers, refusing to ever give up or walk away from the dream, no matter how real the struggle can get from day to day. With the release of a song of this caliber, it is a stark reminder of the enormous talent that lurks in Nashville, and will, hopefully, never leave.