Charles Kelley covers Miley Cyrus' Wrecking ball
Now here’s a stripped down version of Miley Cyrus that’s easy to like!
Charles Kelley’s cover of Cyrus’ hit song “Wrecking Ball” is slower, grittier – and proof that it’s a good tune in any genre.
When his label asked him to do a cover, Kelley, 34, didn’t want to go the usual route. “Everybody does the same kind of thing,” he tells PEOPLE. “It’s like, all right, let’s pull out a Tom Petty song or whatever and play it.”
So to mix it up a bit, Kelley, whose debut solo album, The Driver, is out Friday, started thinking out of the box.
“I’ve always thought that song was one of the best written songs I’d ever heard,” he says. “I think Miley does an amazing job on it. I always thought it was an amazing song, no matter what genre it even lived in. Music like that – it just transcends genre. I thought it would catch people off-guard.”
Mission accomplished. And Kelley, who’s expecting a son with wife Cassie later this month, is pumped for Cyrus to take a listen.
“I hope she hears it, man!” says Kelley. “I really do think she’s a great artist. She’s known for a lot of her antics, but underneath there, there’s definitely a true artist. I think that’s one of those songs that is going to be around for a long, long time and it would be cool if she hears it. I hope she digs it.”