He’s young, easy on the eyes, his new single “Heaven” is killing it on the country music charts, and he'll be performing in Savannah this weekend.
Kane Brown brings a sold-out concert to Savannah's Grayson Stadium on March 24.
“Yeah, it’s pretty fun,” says Brown. “(Fans) have been screaming their heads off; it’s pretty fun. And I love Savannah and this is gonna be great.”
The 24-year-old first gained notice for his deep baritone voice and sing-along lyrics thanks to social media. To date, he’s got more than 3.5 million social subscribers and his music has pulled 320 million on-demand streams and 100 million-plus YouTube and Vevo views.
But he’s also a certified radio and music video star with his 2016 self-titled album "Kane Brown" debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart, with the Deluxe Edition debuting the next year at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top 5 on the Billboard 200.
“For a while ... people only knew me on social media,” he says. “My fans knew every song and would sing it back. But now that I have radio and social media, it’s kind of exploding. I’m really starting to feel the progress.”
Brown hails from Chattanooga, Tenn., and attended a couple of different schools in the area where the music bug has struck more than once. He sang in the high school choir right across the state line in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., with "American Idol" season 10 alumna Lauren Alaina.
“Before she even auditioned, I told my mom she was going to win,” he says. “When she made it to Nashville is kinda what encouraged me to really pursue singing.”
Brown auditioned for a few competition shows himself, but they weren’t for him. Once he made it to Nashville, he reconnected with Alaina and wrote their smash duet “What Ifs.”
“When ‘What Ifs’ made it past 36, I was like, ‘We made it!’” he says.
But Brown has never forgotten his roots in rural Georgia and southeast Tennessee, where many families struggle near the poverty line.
He’s teamed up with Make Room, a national organization that helps families facing the rental housing crisis. He’s also partnered with State Farm as part of Neighborhood of Good, which encourages people to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods by volunteering.
Right now, Brown is concentrating on his new music. He expects to release another single in late May or June and is working on a new album due out later this year. But expect to hear snippets well before then.
“Whenever I record new music I’m always putting it on Facebook and Instagram, just letting people hear the first verse and first chorus,” he says. “It’s just a teaser, letting them know what I’m working on. But eventually it gets shared and people start tagging each other and people learn about it and that’s what makes my albums and singles ride up the charts.”
As for the concert in Savannah, he says it’s going to be a blast.
“(You) won’t know what to expect, ‘cause I play every genre from rock to country to hip hop. I might throw a little OutKast in there. I listen to everything. I feel like my fans do as well. And I think that’s why we have so much fun.”
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