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Charles Kelley Cuts ‘Leaving Nashville’ Video in One Take [Watch]

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When Charles Kelley announced his solo album The Driver, he let it be known that it didn’t mean he was leaving Lady Antebellum. Now — with the release of the latest single off the project — he’s made it clear he has no intention of leaving Nashville anytime soon, either.

The 34-year-old singer has given us another glimpse into the upcoming record via a piano-heavy ballad titled “Leaving Nashville.”

The song tells the tale of struggling singers and songwriters all across Music City as they persevere to chase their dreams, and how despite the hardships, they won’t ever leave the great city of Nashville.

“It’s about the struggles as a writer in Nashville – ‘One day you’re the king the next you’re not,’” Kelley tells American Songwriter. “You may go a year without having a cut and then the phone starts ringing.”

In the video for the track, Kelley simply takes the stage alongside his newly-formed solo band to soulfully sing the track as a part of Capitol Records’ 1 Mic 1 Take series. Co-written with Big Yellow Dog songwriter Abe Stoklasa — who has penned cuts for Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum — the two are familiar with the struggles of breaking into the industry.

“Being in a band like Lady Antebellum, we have had our fair share of ups and downs, and it’s hard for me to listen to this song and not hear myself in that,” Kelley continues. “What I love about it is this inside look of Nashville and the music business, but I think it’s so relatable because [we] all know what it’s like to have those moments in life where you’re never going to give up on a dream because it’s addictive.”

The Driver is the first solo record to be released by any of the members. The project includes some all-star collaborations, including features of Dierks Bentley, Stevie Nicks and Miranda Lambert. It is slated to drop on Feb. 5.

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