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.