Possessing both an appreciation for country music’s best traditions and an innovative creative spirit is a winning combination that has made Kane Brown one of today’s most successful young artists.
The Georgia native grew up idolizing traditionalists such as Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and George Strait, but when it came time to launch his music career, he used a decidedly modern approach. Kane started earning a devoted legion of fans by posting videos of himself singing covers of songs by Alan, George, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Lee Brice on social media. These days, he has millions of Facebook followers and a major recording career.
Kane overcame a difficult childhood to see his musical dreams come true. Raised by a single mother, the family moved frequently throughout Georgia and Tennessee, battling poverty, homelessness and racism. (Kane is biracial. His mother is white and his father is black and Cherokee.) Kane’s love for music was a constant during all the upheaval of his childhood. He grew up listening to country, but flirted with R&B during middle school. During his junior year, he won his high school talent show with a rendition of Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” During his school years, he also received encouragement from a friend in his choir class who later rose to fame on “American Idol.” He and that pal, Lauren Alaina, remain friends to this day and scored a chart-topping duet in 2017 with “What Ifs.”
Kane has never been afraid of hard work, and when his videos began drawing more than a million views, he raised money via a Kickstarter campaign to record a six-song EP in Nashville. As his fan base continued to grow, Kane signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville’s RCA label in January 2016, released his major label debut EP, “Chapter 1” that March and was voted by fans as Rare Country’s New Artist of the Year later in 2016.
The “Chapter 1” project debuted at No. 3 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums chart and No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Kane’s full-length, self-titled debut album was released in December 2016 and has spent multiple weeks at No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart fueled by the tracks “Ain't No Stopping Us Now,” “Thunder in the Rain,” “What Ifs” and “Heaven.”
He has built a solid career recording music that pays homage to his traditional roots yet reflects the cutting edge sensibilities of a musician in his mid 20s. As he continues to headline sold out concerts and collect accolades, he’s especially gratified that he’s making his Nana proud. But his beloved grandmother and mother had to learn to share him with another important woman in his life, as Brown became engaged in April 2017 to Katelyn Jae. The couple makes their home in Nashville when he’s not on the road performing for his fans and living his dream. They are planning a fall 2018 wedding.