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This was a breakout year for rising star Kane Brown, as Rare Country’s 2016 New Artist of the Year made country music history when he became the first artist ever to hit No. 1 on all five “Billboard” country charts. The 24-year-old scored a smash with “What Ifs” alongside childhood friend Lauren Alaina, even dethroning Sam Hunt’s unprecedented 34-week run at the top of the charts. The Rossville, Georgia, native also re-released his self-titled debut album, adding four new songs to the new deluxe edition. Moreover, Kane earned his inaugural ACM Award nomination, toured with both Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean and landed a coveted performance spot (alongside Brad Paisley) on the CMA Awards.


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In the spring, the singer announced his engagement to girlfriend Katelyn Jae, who is featured in a romantic montage for his official music video for “What’s Mine Is Yours.” The newcomer says his follow-up single, “Heaven,” was inspired by his newfound love.

Supporting a cause that hits close to home, this year Kane partnered with non-profit Make Room, advocating for solutions to end the housing affordability crisis. Kane shared his personal story of homelessness on Capitol Hill, revealing that he and his mother lived in their car when he was younger. The once struggling singer recently purchased a new car for his mom after he achieved Platinum status for the first time, thanks to the continued success of “What Ifs.”

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If you’re loving Kane’s fast rise from 2016 New Artist of the Year winner to 2017 Male Artist nominee in the Rare Country Awards, be sure to show him your support. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Kane Brown rises from New Artist to Male Vocalist contender in a year
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