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Josh Kelley
Josh Kelley
Kelley performing in 2007
Background information
Joshua Bishop Kelley
Born (1980-01-30) January 30, 1980 (age 38)
Origin Evans, Georgia, U.S.
Lady Antebellum

Joshua Bishop Kelley Sr.[1] (born January 30, 1980)[2] is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Kelley has recorded for Hollywood Records, Threshold Records and DNK Records as a pop rock artist, and has had four hit singles on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart. His songs "Amazing" and "Only You" reached the top ten on that chart.

In 2010, Kelley signed to MCA Nashville and began a country music career.[3] His debut single on the format, "Georgia Clay", became a Top 20 hit on the Hot Country Songs charts. Kelley is married to actress and model Katherine Heigl.

Early life

Kelley was born in Augusta, Georgia,[2] the son of Gayle and Dr. John W. Kelley, a cardiologist.[4] Kelley began his musical career at the age of 11. His younger brother, Charles Kelley, is also a musician and singer in the country trio Lady Antebellum.[5] Kelley started at 11 with his guitar. While he was a teenager, he and his brother Charles formed a band called Inside Blue. By the time he was 14, the band released a CD with five songs on it, which led to a meeting with James Brown. Kelley played the guitar in the high school jazz band alongside his brother Charles (drums) and Dave Haywood (guitar) from Lady Antebellum.

Kelley attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, and is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Music career

Kelley released his independent album, Changing Faces, in 2001 and signed with Hollywood Records in 2002. Working with John Alagia as his producer, Kelley released the album, For the Ride Home, on June 3, 2003. The album featured his hit song "Amazing," which most people know him by. He also made an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2003.

Even though Kelley has stated that the lyrics from his song "Angeles" were fabricated, he moved to Los Angeles from Georgia and recorded the majority of his second album, Almost Honest, in the studio of his home. Almost Honest was released on August 23, 2005, and featured the hit single, "Only You."

After asking to be released from his contract with Hollywood Records, Kelley released his third album, Just Say The Word under his own label named Threshold. The digital version of the album was released through iTunes on June 6, 2006, while the physical album was released in stores in the United States on July 25, 2006. "The Pop Game" was the first single from his self-produced album and was accompanied by a cartoon video.

Kelley's next album, Special Company, was released in the United States on January 14, 2008. His label, Threshold, was renamed DNK Records so as to avoid confusion with another record label by the same name. Kelley also released a digital album that summer titled Backwoods on July 7. Later that year, Kelley released his latest album, To Remember, on September 23 exclusively through Target stores. The title track was also included on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack.

Kelley has toured with many artists including Rod Stewart, Third Eye Blind, Toby Lightman, Counting Crows, and Ryan Cabrera.

Kelley remains a supporter of file sharing applications for independent artists who have a difficult time receiving an audience. In fact, Kelley was "found" after targeting Eric Clinger at Hollywood Records with private spam, "If you like James Taylor, Try Josh Kelley," messages using the Napster program.

In November 2009, Kelley signed with MCA Nashville and began recording his first country album in 2010.[6] The album's first single, "Georgia Clay", was released to country radio in August 2010. The single became a Top 20 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album, also titled Georgia Clay, was released in March 2011.

In March 2016, he announced on Twitter his new album New Lane Road will be released.[7]

Concert Tours


Personal life

Kelley majored in Art at the University of Mississippi and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He is an avid golfer and attended college on a golf scholarship.

Kelley met actress Katherine Heigl in spring 2005 when she appeared in his music video Only You. One year later in June 2006 they became engaged.[8] For Heigl he wrote the song Hey Katie. The Heigl-Kelley wedding took place on December 23, 2007 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. Heigl's Grey's Anatomy co-stars T.R. Knight, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers attended the ceremony, as well as Grey's Anatomy spinoff series Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The ceremony was officiated by Unitarian minister Tom Goldsmith. Heigl walked down the aisle to an acoustic song written by Kelley and performed by a cello and guitar players. The couple wrote their own vows. The bridesmaids wore red. During a taping of Live With Regis and Kelly, Heigl stated that she and Kelley chose not to live together before they were married, saying, "I think I just wanted to save something for the actual marriage... I wanted there to be something to make the actual marriage different than the dating or the courtship."[9]

In 2009, the couple adopted a South Korean baby girl,[10] naming her Nancy Leigh, after Heigl's mother and her adopted, Korean-born older sister, respectively. Nancy Leigh's nickname is Naleigh.[11] Nancy Leigh was born with a congenital heart defect that was repaired with open heart surgery before she left South Korea.[12] Kelley and Heigl adopted a second daughter, Adalaide Marie Hope, in April 2012.[13][14]

In addition to their two daughters, Josh Kelley and Katherine Heigl have a son, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. born on Dec 20, 2016.[15]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
US Country
US Folk
For the Ride Home 159 5 -- -- --
Almost Honest
  • Release date: August 23, 2005
  • Label: Hollywood
114 1 -- -- --
Just Say the Word -- -- -- -- --
Special Company
  • Release date: February 5, 2008
  • Label: DNK
-- 7 27 -- --
  • Release date: August 20, 2008
  • Label: DNK
-- 19 -- -- --
To Remember
  • Release date: September 29, 2008
  • Label: DNK
-- 11 -- -- --
Georgia Clay 92 -- -- 16 --
New Lane Road[21] -- -- -- 29 13
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details
Josh Kelley Live Session EP
  • Release date: August 2, 2005
  • Label: Hollywood Records
Georgia Clay
  • Release date: November 30, 2010
  • Label: MCA Nashville


Year Single Peak chart positions Album

US Country
2003 "Amazing" 79 -- 8 -- For the Ride Home
2004 "Everybody Wants You" -- -- 24 --
2005 "Only You" -- -- 9 -- Almost Honest
"Almost Honest" -- -- 29 --
2006 "Get with It" -- -- -- -- N/A
"Pop Game" -- -- -- -- Just Say the Word
"Just Say the Word" -- -- -- --
2008 "Unfair" -- -- -- -- Special Company
2009 "To Remember" -- 27 -- -- To Remember
2010 "Georgia Clay" 87 -- -- 17 Georgia Clay
2011 "Gone Like That" -- -- -- 53
2014 "Mandolin Rain" -- -- -- -- N/A
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Album
2017 "Young Americans" Colt Ford (with Charles Kelley) Love Hope Faith

Other contributions

Year Song Album
2004 "To Make You Feel My Love" A Cinderella Story (soundtrack)
"Everybody Wants You" The Prince & Me (soundtrack)
"Amazing" Raising Helen (soundtrack)
2005 "You Are the Woman" Herbie: Fully Loaded (soundtrack)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen
2006 "Lover Come Up" My Super Ex-Girlfriend (soundtrack)
"Sunset Lover" John Tucker Must Die (soundtrack)
"Feels Like Home" Brother Bear 2 (soundtrack)
"Welcome to This Day (Reprise)"
"You're a Part of Everything" Candles on Bay Street (soundtrack)
2008 "Unfair" 27 Dresses (soundtrack)
"You're a Part of Everything" Picture This (soundtrack)
2009 "Under the Covers" The Ugly Truth (soundtrack)
2012 "The Best of Me" Act of Valor (soundtrack)

Music videos

Year Video Director
2004 "Everybody Wants You" Elliott Lester
2005 "Only You" Marcus Raboy
2010 "Georgia Clay" Wes Edwards
2011 "Gone Like That" Adam Boatman
2012 "Naleigh Moon" Katherine Heigl
2016 "It's Your Move"[26]


  1. ^ "Joshua Bishop Kelley : For the Ride Home". CMT. 2003-06-03. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b Fuoco, Christina. "Josh Kelley Biography". Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ "Josh Kelley's Country Music Crossover: It Feels Like Coming Home". 
  4. ^ Rhodes, Don. "Augusta musicians finding fame with Lady Antebellum | The Augusta Chronicle". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Lady Antebellum Singer Charles Kelley Gets Engaged Archived 2008-12-27 at the Wayback Machine. US Magazine, December 26, 2008
  6. ^ "Singer-Songwriter Josh Kelley Signs Nashville Record Deal". 
  7. ^ Josh Kelley [@JoshBkelley] (15 March 2016). "I'm happy to announce my latest album New Lane Road will be available April 22!! Pre order 3/18!! #newlaneroad" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  /photo/1
  8. ^ "Grey's Anatomy Star Katherine Heigl Engaged". People. June 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007. 
  9. ^ "Katherine Heigl live with Regis and Kelly -- part 1". YouTube. March 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009. 
  10. ^ Fleeman, Mike; Ingrassia, Lisa (September 9, 2009). "Katherine Heigl & Husband Adopting a Girl". 
  11. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (September 5, 2009). "Katherine Heigl's Baby Joy". People. 75 (14): 73. 
  12. ^ "Katherine Heigl: Naleigh '100 Percent Fine' After Open Heart Surgery". 2010-05-20. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Katherine Heigl, Josh Kelley Adopt Second Daughter!". Us Weekly. April 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ "Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley Name Daughter Adalaide Marie Hope". People. May 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley Welcome Son Joshua Bishop". 
  16. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  17. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  18. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  19. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  20. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2016. 
  21. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (March 25, 2016). "Josh Kelley Set to Release First New Album in Five Years". The Boot. Retrieved 2016. 
  22. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  23. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  24. ^ "Josh Kelley Album & Song Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  25. ^ "Georgia Clay - Josh Kelley". Billboard. Retrieved 2010. 
  26. ^ "It's Your Move (Official Video) - Josh Kelley". Vevo. Retrieved 2016. 

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