Ruston Kelly Biography

Ruston Kelly is an American singer- songwriter and guitarist. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, family life, achievements, etc.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 31, 1988

Nationality: American

Famous: Guitarists Country Singers

Age: 31 Years, 31 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Georgetown, South Carolina

Famous as: Singer-songwriter


Spouse/Ex-: Kacey Musgraves (m. 2017)

U.S. State: South Carolina

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Ruston Kelly is an American singer- songwriter and guitarist. He is known for his albums, such as ‘Dying Star,’ ‘Halloween,’ and ‘Forever Words.’ Apart from releasing albums, he also performs at live events and tours. As a songwriter, Kelly won accolades when he wrote ‘Nashville Without You’ for singer Tim McGraw in 2013. His popularity increased when he started dating popular American singer and songwriter Kacey Lee Musgraves. Kelly and Musgraves met to collaborate for a song and eventually fell in love. The couple got married on October 14, 2017, in Tennessee. Kelly is also popular on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram where he has thousands of followers.

Childhood & Early Life
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  • Ruston Kelly started his career as a songwriter. In 2013, he signed a deal with ‘BMG Nashville,’ which landed him an opportunity to write a song for the popular American country singer-songwriter Tim McGraw. His song ‘Nashville Without You’ was released in Tim McGraw’s album ‘Two Lanes of Freedom.’ Kelly then started playing guitar in a band called ‘Elmwood’ before focusing on his songwriting career by collaborating with singers like Hayes Carll and Josh Abbott. In 2016, he released his debut extended play (EP), ‘Halloween,’ by collaborating with the famous entertainment company ‘Razor & Tie,’ which released the EP under its record label ‘Washington Square Records.’ The EP featured 10 songs, including popular tracks, such as ‘Hurricane In My Head,’ ‘How To Preserve The Life Of Death,’ ‘Black Magic,’ ‘Halloween (Downstairs),’ and ‘1814B 6th Ave N.’ Some of the songs from the extended play went viral on streaming services, earning Kelly the much-needed fame.
  • He collaborated with another record label ‘New Rounder’ and came up with his debut full-length album ‘Dying Star,’ which was recorded at Texas’ famous recording studio ‘Sonic Ranch.’ The album, produced by Jarrad K, was released on September 7, 2018. It featured 14 songs, including hit tracks, such as ‘Son Of A Highway Daughter,’ ‘Brightly Burst Into The Air,’ ‘Trying To Let Her,’ ‘Big Brown Bus,’ ‘Cover My Tracks,’ and ‘Dying Star.’
  • In 2018, Kelly collaborated on another album titled ‘Forever Words,’ which was recorded by various artists, such as Brad Paisley, Carlene Carter, Chris Cornell, Dailey, Elvis Costello, Jamey Johnson, Ro James, Robert Glasper, and Rosanne Cash among others. The lyrics were written by famous American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor Johnny Cash. While the album featured 16 songs, Ruston Kelly recorded a single track ‘To June This Morning.’ Released on April 6, 2018, ‘Forever Words’ peaked at various positions on several charts around the world. In the US, it peaked at number 66 and number nine on ‘US Billboard 200’ and ‘US Billboard Country Albums’ respectively.
  • Apart from ‘New Rounder’ and ‘Razor & Tie,’ Kelly has also collaborated with other popular music labels, such as ‘Legacy Recordings’ and ‘Concord Records.’
Family & Personal Life
  • Ruston Kelly met Kacey Musgraves at the ‘Bluebird Café’ in Nashville. In 2016, Kelly and Musgraves collaborated for a song. Eventually, they started dating and fell in love. They got engaged on December 24, 2016, and their wedding took place on October 14, 2017, in Tennessee. In one of her interviews, Musgraves stated that her song ‘Butterflies’ from the album ‘Golden Hour’ is about her relationship with Kelly. Ruston Kelly’s frequent public appearances alongside Kacey Musgraves have increased his popularity in social media. He is active on platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter.

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