Southern Charm:Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley is a country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum, a country rock trio formed in 2006 and signed to Capitol Nashville.Kelley is married to Nashville-based publicist Cassie McConnell. He proposed to McConnell on Christmas Day, 2008, after two years of dating. The couple wed in a Nashville courthouse in late June 2009 as a legal formality before having a destination wedding in the Bahamas the following Fourth of July weekend. After the wedding, Lady Antebellum tweeted a photo of Kelley showing off his wedding band, saying, “What is that you see on Charles’ hand… yep a wedding ring!!!” McConnell represents several country musicians, including her brother-in-law, Josh Kelley.

Resulting from his brother Josh Kelley’s marriage, Charles Kelley is the brother in-law of actress Katherine Heigl.

Kelley had the lyrics, “All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise,” from the Beatles song, “Blackbird”, tattooed on his right forearm in early 2009. In 2010, Kelley got a second tattoo, a design of the flower of life, on his upper left arm.

In addition to being an avid golfer, Kelley is a motorcycle enthusiast and owns a 2006 Harley Softail Custom.

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