Kane Brown is an American country music singer and songwriter. He first came to the attention of the public through social media. He released his first EP, titled Closer, in June 2015. A new single "Used to Love You Sober" was released in October 2015.
Kane Brown was raised by a single mother, and moved around when he was younger, from Rossville to Fort Oglethorpe and LaFayette in Georgia, finally settling in Red Bank, Tennessee. He attended Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia where he sang in the choir with Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on season 10 of American Idol. He also attended Red Bank, Ridgeland, and Soddy Daisy High School. Kane grew up on a farm listening to country music, but became interested in R&B music in middle school. However, after winning a school talent show in 11th grade where he sang Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home", he began to perform country music.
Brown had tried out on X-Factor in 2013 and was chosen, but quit the show when the show wanted to put him in a boy band.
In 2014, Kane Brown started to post videos of his covers of songs by Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson and other singers on social media. He began to acquire a following through these homemade videos on Facebook; an early video to gain wider attention was his cover of Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance". His cover of George Strait's "Check Yes or No", released on September 30, 2015, went viral and received over 7 million views. The number of his followers on Facebook quickly reached over a million, and a clip of a teaser for his own single "Used to Love You Sober" released on October 8, 2015 received one million views in under three hours, and reached over 11 million views two weeks later. Brown is managed by Jay Frank. Kane signed with Sony Music Nashville on January 27, 2016 and will record under the RCA Nashville label.
2015: Closer EP
In 2014, Brown raised funds via crowdfunding site Kickstarter to produce a six-song EP, which he recorded in Nashville at the home studio of Noah Henson, guitarist for Brantley Gilbert. The EP, titled Closer, was released in June 2, 2015, and debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 22, selling 3,200 copies in its debut week. A single from the EP, "Don't Go City on Me" was first released on October 22, 2014, and it reached No. 43 on Country Digital Songs.
Brown released a new single "Used To Love You Sober" on October 21, 2015 on his birthday, and the song was spotlighted on Zane Lowe's Beats 1. It reached No. 2 on the Country Digital Songs chart based on just two days of sales, with 38,000 copies sold. The release of the single also pushed his EP Closer up the chart to No. 22 on Top Album Sales. A second song, "Last Minute Late Night", was released on November 4, 2015, and debuted on Country Digital Songs at No. 9, selling 26,000 copies. Another, "I Love That I Hate You", followed three weeks later on November 30, 2015, selling 17,000 copies.