For Florida Georgia Line, collaborating with the Backstreet Boys was a dream come true.
The country music group, which consists of singers Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, joined forces with the boy band for the song “God, Your Mama, and Me.” The single is featured on FGL’s third studio album, “Dig Your Roots,” debuting Friday.
The Huffington Post spoke to Kelley and Hubbard by phone as the duo promoted their first foray into the whiskey business, Old Camp Whiskey. The guys told us they’ve been fans of BSB for years ― the group provided Kelley’s first concert experience in 6th grade and their music was the first Hubbard owned on CD. Over the years, FGL told press about their love for the ‘90s band, and their words eventually reached the right people.
“We got some good energies and good vibrations out and, next thing you know, Nick Carter was hanging out on our bus at the CMA Fest this summer,” Kelley said. “We played him the song and things just happened so quick. But you gotta jump on things like that when they happen and it was just a bucket list collaboration for us.”
Earlier this year, BSB’s Nick Carter and Brian Littrell caused a stir when the two posted photos on Instagram announcing their Florida Georgia Line collaboration. Though the bands didn’t record in the studio together, Kelley says the final product is everything they thought it would be.
“I mean, their voices sound amazing with ours,” Kelly said. “It just sounds amazing, it sounds exactly like we thought it would. Just having them on the record was a dream. Something that we were saying when the song was actually done ― me and Tyler had it done ― and we said it sounds kind of like a modern day Backstreet Boys song.”
He’s not wrong. Listen to the song below: