These days, it seems like Kane Brown’s country music career couldn’t be going better.
The 24-year-old singer, who got his start by posting cover songs online, made history earlier this year as the first-ever artist to top all five “Billboard” country charts simultaneously. He also made his debut on the CMA Awards stage on Nov. 8 as part of a duet with Brad Paisley.
In a new interview, Kane reflected on the unexpected path that led him to become a rising star in country music, and one of his early cover song videos which caught everybody’s attention – Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance.”
“That’s what started everything for me is the ‘I Don’t Dance’ cover,” he tells ABCs’ “Nightline” during an interview that aired on Nov. 8, after “The 51st Annual CMA Awards.” “I woke up one morning [and] my phone went crazy. I thought I got hacked. But, I had, like, 900 friend requests.”
Despite his amazing progress, Kane, who is multi-racial, admits that both his image and the color of his skin have inspired a few skeptics. It’s an issue that he hopes to change in the near future.
“I feel like I’m the only mixed country artist there’s been that has tattoos,” he said. “Everybody looks at me and thinks I’m a rapper, [that] I can’t be a country artist, and it just drives me crazy.
“I don’t feel like you should have to look a certain way to sing a certain genre,” he added. “So I really just want to change stereotypes. You can’t be scared to be different.”