Kane Brown signs record deal

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Indie artist Kane Brown is abandoning the DIY approach for a record deal with Sony Nashville.

Brown, 22, a Georgia native, with a full-bodied voice, signed with RCA/Sony, it was announced on Wednesday. He had reportedly drawn the interest of numerous labels.

Brown forged a career through social media. He released his first EP, "Closer," last June and a single, "Used to Love You Sober" in October.

Brown was raised in Georgia and Tennessee. He sang in a choir with Lauren Alaina in Georgia. Brown was chosen for the X-Factor in 2013, but quit the show when they wanted him to be in a boy band.

Brown started gaining a fan base after posting covers of songs by Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Billy Currington. He later covered Lee Brice's "I Don't Dance" and George Strait's "Check Yes Or No," last September.

Brown released a six-song EP in June 2015, recorded at the home of Noah Henson, Brantley Gilbert's guitarist. The disc sold 3,200 units in its debut week. He also released "Last Minute Late Night" and "I Love That I Hate You" as singles.

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Experiment CD review - Experiment
There's not a lot of room for argument to say that men singing country music today are different than the stars on the old Porter Wagoner show. Many have ditched the cowboy hat. They're hip-hop fans, video game junkies and spent most of their teenage money on tattoos. Kane Brown checks all these boxes and more. He's biracial, for example, subverting a country culture that seemed a little too exclusive for this century. And he built his following via the internet, not in clubs (a »»»
Kane Brown CD review - Kane Brown
First look at the cover for Kane Brown's full-length debut album, and you may experience a "Homeboy" moment. The young man appears like the tattooed model for Eric Church's song of the same name. Although Brown is categorized as bro-country in some quarters, the actual music he makes is much better than you might expect. This is one case where you shouldn't judge the book by its cover. Although the album includes a lustful song like "Pull It Off," which is a »»»
Chapter 1 CD review - Chapter 1
Kane Brown is the latest singer to wear the "Future of Country" mantel. With ridiculous social media statistics for a 22-year-old singer and hit songs on iTunes, the buzz about Brown was so loud that Nashville had to take notice. Brown's "Chapter One" EP marks his major-label debut, and it demonstrates that he does have talent, even if the songs don't always show it. As a new artist stretching his wings, Brown tries to do too much vocally. Frequently, he dips his »»»