Nashville, Tenn. Kane Brown defines a hit when he hears one sound, whether it’s a ’90s country homage or a collaboration with an R&B star or DJ that might light up the dance floor.
The 28-year-old multi-hyphenate who has appeared on social media has released his ear for what’s hot to lead his unknown path into country music, all the way to his third “Different Man” record on Friday.
But even after a string of eight songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Brown took his time finding the special song his fans were begging for: a duet with his wife, Caitlin.
“We have, like, four more songs we were going to sing,” Brown said of his wife, who was also an aspiring singer-songwriter when they met in 2015.
Nothing felt right until he heard a song—the only song on the album he hadn’t co-wrote—that suited her style, and which Brown described in the context of big vocal pop music like Whitney or Maria. He’s so confident “Thank God” A great success, he is ready to be presented as a performer in the award show.
After we recorded it, I was like, ‘Are you going to sing this on ACMs? And she’s like, ‘No.’ ‘This is going to be the biggest song ever,’ Brown said with a smile.
Brown has the right to feel confident in his song choices and production. his latest songs, “I love country music” He shot to #1 on the country broadcast chart and his crossover songs with artists like Khaled, Marshmello and Becky G have exposed him to a global audience recognizing his name and smooth baritone.
But behind the scenes of the industry, he is advancing into new territory. He co-produced his new record, has hosted award shows, He started his own record label He was the first male country artist to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, a show that generally does not have a country fan base. During his last tour, he played every NBA circuit in the country, often sporting each team’s jersey on stage.
Brown has already jumped above genre lines and has his eyes set on international audiences with tour stops in Australia, the UK and Europe in the coming months.
Last year, he launched his brand, 1021 Entertainment, in partnership with Sony Music Nashville, picking his first band, Restless Road, after meeting the trio years ago while they were all trying out “The X Factor.” For Brown, the ambition for success extends back to the time when he was He was often told that it wasn’t the right look or feel for country musicalthough the records of his mother’s country were the first to learn to sing.
“I tried to fight to get to Nashville for the longest time,” Brown said. “People were like ‘nah’. And then when the selling started, people started coming to the door. And so I felt really good at finding talent, especially on social media, because I’m always on social media, so I might just try to help people.” Faster. “
Brown did not just give The road is restless Record Deal – He also gave them masterclasses in touring and songwriting, where they were opening his tour stations and got a writing co-writing about Brown’s new record.
“He’s someone we always play our songs for,” said Zach Pekin, one of the three singers and songwriters at Restless Road. “We take his opinion very seriously and he always looks to make sure we highlight ourselves and our strengths and truly find our voice every time we release a song.”
Brown’s album was designed for the audience of the playlist generation, whether it’s a duet with Blake Shelton, co-written with pop singer-songwriter Mike Posner, to get Brooks & Dunn into the studio to add their signature sounds to the country’s ’90s tribute song.
While Brown is often welcomed by other artists to collaborate outside of the country genre, he goes solo in Trappy Pop song called “Grand” He hopes to establish himself in playlists outside the country.
“That was the scariest thing — just doing it myself with no feature in it,” he said, “but we got all the positive feedback from the radio and our live editorial playlists.” “ESPN loves it. I heard it on ESPYS before it came out.”
Now his next goal is to celebrate a hit song with his wife and the mother of his two children.
“I want to share No. 1 with her so I can relive the feeling of having No. 1 and live it again through her,” he said.
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