Florida Georgia Line’s (FGL) “Cruise,” which went on to be the duo’s breakout single and be the first country single to earn the RIAA Diamond certification, was almost a Luke Bryan song.
Chase Rice, one of the song’s co-writers, said in Taste of Country’s “Secret History” series he initially wanted Bryan to record it, an emerging hitmaker at the time.
“I wanted Luke Bryan or somebody big to cut it. And luckily they took it and made it what it was. Because at that time, nobody knew who they were. They know now,” he said. “Brian [Kelley] was a huge believer in it. He was like, ’Dude, this is huge, this is monstrous.’ I didn’t really see it at the time, but I’m glad he did.”
Under FGL, “Cruise” went on to become country’s best-selling single digitally at the time and additionally spurred a remix with Nelly.
WATCH the full “Secret History” video below: