Charles & Josh Kelley Turned Down The Godfather Of Soul!
Well for those of you who don't already know, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and newcomer Josh Kelley are brothers.They are also less than two years apart in age, so they shared many childhood experiences together, including their passion for music. Turns out, they even had the opportunity to share a recording contract before the plans were thwarted by their father.
The precocious brothers caught the attention of the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, and his manager, Larry Friday, when they were only teenagers. "We were too young," Josh says (quote via HubCityRadio.com). "We were like 14. It was ridiculous."
In hindsight, the 'Georgia Clay' singer acknowledges their early plan of being rock stars under James and Larry's tutelage was a bad idea for reasons other than their age. According to Josh, Larry Friday enticed the boys with alcohol. "We're going to New York," Larry promised. "You're going to do a big CD release party. All the finest girls in the world are going to be there. Champagne!"
Seems the guys did fine on their own. Charles has a trophy case filled with awards, including 5 new Grammy Awards, while Josh is anticipating his first country album release, 'Georgia Clay,' which will hit shelves March 22.