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Exclusive Interview: Kane Brown

By: Lauren Hoffman

March 6, 2017

Born and raised in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, singer, Kane Brown, is one to watch in the country genre. With over 47 million views on YouTube and performing over 200 dates last year, Brown quickly made a name for himself in country music.

For music lovers who have yet to listen to his music, Kane Brown makes it pretty clear he is who he is. “I just want the fans to know never to judge a book by its cover. I’m different from a lot of other people,” Brown said.

Brown released his debut self-title debut album on December 2, 2016 and has since released three singles from the record including “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” “Thunder in the Rain,” and What Ifs.” Working with a team of writers that understood his story and whom he could relate to, made the process fairly easy for Brown.

He spent most of 2016 out on the road with country duo, Florida Georgia Line, and will spend 2017 as a supporting act on Jason Aldean’s THEY DON’T KNOW TOUR. Luckily for Brown, the headliners on these major tours, are just a few of his musical influences.

While touring with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Brown tells us how the duo made an impact on him and taught him what needs to be done in terms of production. “Florida Georgia Line has really helped me with my overall show… work the crowd and find my routines,” Brown says.

As for that initial spark, Brown thanks “Sober Saturday Night” singer, Chris Young, for opening his eyes into the country world. Brown tells us, “I feel like Chris Young helped me find my voice.”

It all started at Brown’s 11th-grade talent show when he sang Young’s, “Gettin’ You Home,” off of his 2009 record, The Man I Want To Be.

High school also brought a dear friend into his life, season 10 runner-up of American Idol, Lauren Alaina. Both nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award in April, Brown for New Male Vocalist of the Year, and Alaina for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the pair has topped the charts with his newest single “What Ifs.”

“I was writing the song one day and I asked her to stop by. I’ve been wanting to get on a song with her since she was on American Idol. She was a huge influence for me getting into country music,” Brown exclaims.

The 23-year-old singer/songwriter is in the process of planning is sophomore album. Brown tells us, “On my next album, I want that rock feel. No slow songs, all fast paced. I’m going to study Jason’s stuff.”

Brown shared a video to social media giving us a listen into what we could be expecting from him very soon. Watch below as Brown jams out to a snip bit of what’s to come on his tour bus.

Catch Kane Brown out on the road as Jason Aldean’s supporting act on his THEY DON’T KNOW TOUR kicking off in April.