Album: Anything Goes (2014)
Charted: 53


  • This Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman and Matt Jenkins penned track was released as the fifth single from Anything Goes on November 3, 2015. The day after, the FGL duo performed the song at the 2015 CMAs.
  • The song is one of the FGL duo's favorites from Anything Goes as the words bring them down to earth amidst all the success and fame they have achieved since breaking through with "Cruise." "Tyler [Hubbard] and I have enjoyed a lot of special moments personally and professionally over the last couple of years, so we really relate to getting in your truck, driving and thinking about where you want to be. A lot of power can come from confessing things," said Brian Kelley.

    Tyler Hubbard added, "It's a crazy ride we've been on, and this song really hit home. In the middle of celebrations and successes, we have to remind ourselves that we've been blessed to be on this journey. 'Confession' makes you pause and think for sure."
  • The music clip starts off with home movies of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley showing various stages of their childhood. It moves onto to show the pair performing the tune of redemption in an old and abandoned church as old TV sets continue to show the home videos. The visual was directed by TK McKamy, who won Music Video of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards for Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song."
  • Having established their Florida Georgia brand on the back of a series of good time party songs such as "Cruise," "Here's to the Good Times" and "This Is How We Roll," Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were keen to record something deeper. So they were immediately attracted to the demo of "Confession" after it was emailed to them. "We were immediately drawn to the title," Kelley recalled to Billboard magazine "I think it's a spiritual song. It's coming of age for both Tyler and I. I think it really does bookend the album well after starting it off with 'Dirt.'"
  • Hubbard and Kelley sang the song over and over in the studio when they were laying it down, until the meaning behind the words was second nature. "There's a lot of range, and we probably did 75-100 takes before we had the one we wanted," said Hubbard. "There's one thing in knowing the melody and lyrics to a song. There's another level of confidence that comes with being able to believe it when you sing it."


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