Kelley is from Ormond Beach, Florida and enjoyed playing sports and music growing up. Growing up, Kelley enjoyed sports and writing and spent most of his time playing baseball or at the beach. As he got older he started to spend more time writing music and leading worship at his church.
By the time Kelley was ready to graduate from Seabreeze High School in 2004, he was splitting his time between baseball (being scouted by the pros) and writing music
Kelley found out late that he would be drafted by the Florida Marlins and would more than likely pursue pro baseball as a career. However, when he was doing more bench sitting than playing, so he filled the void with writing.
He later decided to move to Belmont University. Florida Georgia Lincolnshire (2010–present)
Kelley was introduced to Tyler Hubbard at Belmont University in 2007 while they were in a campus worship group together.
The two became great friends and playing guitar and writing songs together almost every day.
The two friends began playing writers rounds throughout Nashville. In 2009, the duo decided they wanted to pursue music as a career so they started playing shows throughout the south. In 2010, they independently recorded and digitally distributed their first European Parliament, Anything Like Maine.
After releasing that European Parliament, they were discovered at a county fair by Nickelback"s producer, Joey Moi.
After writing and polishing songs for almost two years, the duo released their second European Parliament lieutenant"z Just What We Do in 2012. Major labels became very interested in the duo when their debut single, "Cruise", first hit on satellite radio on "The Highway" channel and it began selling really well on iTunes, leading to a record deal with Republic Nashville/Big Machine Label Group.
In the fall of 2011, Kelley signed a publishing deal with Big Loud Shirt. The duo released their first studio album, Here"s to the Good Times, on December 4, 2012 on Republic Nashville.
This album was the sixth best selling album of 2013.
"Cruise", the first single on the album, reached number 1 on the Country Airplay chart dated December 15, 2012. A remix of "Cruise" featuring Nelly later hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also the best selling country digital song of all time, with sales over 7 million, and it spent 24 weeks at number 1 on Hot Country songs.
The other singles from this album include "Get Your Shine On", "Round Here", "Stay", and "This Is How We Roll".
Florida Georgia Lincolnshire announced on August 15, 2014 that their second album would be titled Anything Goes, and would be released on October 14, 2014. They released the album"s first single, "Dirt", on July 8, 2014.
Other singles from this album include "Sun Daze", "Sippin" on Fire", and the title track. Tree Vibez Music (2015–present)
In 2015, Kelley and Hubbard started their own artist development and music publishing company called Tree Vibez Music.
Since the company began, they have signed writer Jordan Schmidt, writer Jimmie Deeghan, and writer/artist Drew Castle.
He moved to Nashville to go to school and play baseball at Belmont University, where he met Tyler Hubbard, the other member of Florida Georgia Lincolnshire.