Charles Kelley has selected the funky, retro-inspired “Lonely Girl” as his latest single.
Although the track is one of the more pop-leaning tracks on his debut solo album, The Driver, that track was actually written by Chris Stapleton and fellow award-winning songwriter Jesse Frasure. The co-writing team previously topped the charts when Thomas Rhett cut their experimental track “Crash and Burn” last year, which quickly went to number one on the country charts.
“I’ve been wanting to cut this song since I heard it about three years ago,” Kelley said in a press release. “At the time, it wasn’t the right fit for Lady Antebellum, so when we started digging into my solo project, I knew it would be a big part of the record.”
Instead of trying to mimic Stapleton’s gritty and intense vocal stylings, Kelley wisely opted to put his own 1970s-esque twist on the single.
“It’s not easy to follow Stapleton’s demo, I mean he’s the best singer in our genre, but I put my own little spin on it and it’s turned out to be a favorite live,” he says.
Click below to watch the video for Charles Kelley’s new single, “Lonely Girl,” shot atop the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles.