Josh Kelley’s Country Music Crossover: It Feels Like Coming Home

Josh Kelley

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updated 08/10/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET

originally published 08/12/2010 AT 8:50 AM ET

Josh Kelley is trading Hollywood life for the country life – at least musically.

The singer, who is married to actress Katherine Heigl, is releasing his first country single, “Georgia Clay,” this week.

But Kelley, who has released six pop/mainstream albums, is no stranger to the country sound. “I grew up in Georgia, listening to country music,” he tells PEOPLE. “It’s [country music] where my heart lies.”

At the age of 21, Kelley went to Nashville with the hopes of landing a record deal. “I did a showcase for four different labels and got turned down,” he says. “I guess they didn’t think I was ready, and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t.”

Nearly a decade later, Kelley, 30, is back in Nashville recording his first country album and says, “I think your true path will find you over time.”


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