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Charles Kelly - Country Music Singer Songwriter ~ Biography

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Charles Burgess Kelley (born September 11, 1981) is an American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of country pop trio Lady Antebellum, who formed in 2006 and are signed to Capitol Nashville.

Kelley was born in Augusta, Georgia, and began his musical career at the age of 11. His older brother, Josh Kelley, is also a musician and singer. As teenagers, Charles, Josh and oldest brother John formed a band called Inside Blue; the band released a five-song CD that garnered the attention of a major label. In middle school, Kelley met Dave Haywood and, at the age of 14, they wrote their first song.

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.

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. 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.

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 Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in July 2009. It was certified platinum by the RIAA in October 2009.

In January 2010, Lady Antebellum released its second album, Need You Now, which was led off by the five-week No. 1 and crossover hit, “Need You Now”. All three members of the band co-wrote eight of the eleven songs on the album and produced alongside Worley. The album generated the No. 1 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 its third album, Own the Night, which is set to be released on September 13, 2011.

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 Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in December of that year. The song also featured Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott on background vocals.

Singles:
2015 “The Driver”
(featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay)

Awards and nominations
Year Awards Award Outcome
2010 Grammy Awards Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal – “I Run to You” Won
Best Country Song – “I Run to You” Nominated
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year – “Need You Now” Won
Country Music Association Song of the Year – “Need You Now” Nominated
2011 Grammy Awards Album of the Year – “Need You Now”[30] Nominated
Best Country Album – “Need You Now” Won
Record of the Year – “Need You Now” Won
Song of the Year – “Need You Now” Won
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal – “Need You Now” Won
Best Country Song – “Need You Now” Won
BMI Pop Song of the Year – “Need You Now” Won

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