A multiracial singer with a genre-bending approach to country music, Kane Brown helped shift the sound of modern country in the late 2010s. Initially attracted to R&B, he later embraced country, and his first single, "Don't Go City on Me," went viral upon release in 2014. By 2016, Brown had signed with RCA and issued his full-length debut Kane Brown. He began crossing over to the pop charts with "What Ifs" (featuring Lauren Alaina) and "Heaven," both of which landed in the Top 40. Brown's, second album 2018's Experiment, topped the Billboard 200 and spawned a trio of country hits with "Lose It," "Good as You," and "Homesick." In keeping with his boundary-breaking approach, Brown has also collaborated with DJ Marshmello and singer Khalid.
Kane Allen Brown was born in 1993 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to a white mother and African-American father. He spent much of his youth living with his mother in Redbank, Tennessee, where he first became interested in music while in high school. Initially attracted to R&B, Brown decided to focus on country after winning an 11th grade talent contest with his rendition of Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)." Buoyed by that success, Brown began posting videos online of covers of songs by Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, and others. He quickly developed a loyal following, a fan base that helped his own single, "Don't Go City on Me," go viral upon its release in 2014. In 2015, Brown released his debut EP, Closer, which reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Country Albums chart. Following Closer, he also released the stand-alone single "Used to Love You Sober."
In early 2016, Brown signed a recording contract with RCA/Sony Music Nashville. That December, he returned with his eponymous full-length debut, Kane Brown, featuring the singles "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" and "Thunder in the Rain." The album debuted at number one on the country charts and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. Two more singles, "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, and "Heaven" appeared in 2017.
"Lose It," the first single from Kane Brown's second album, appeared in June 2018. It climbed to number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart prior to Experiment's release in November. Experiment debuted at number one on Billboard's Top 200 and spawned two more number one Country Airplay singles with "Good as You" and "Homesick" arriving in January and August of 2019, respectively. Also in 2019, he joined DJ Marshmello for the single "One Right Thing" and cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard Country chart with his song "For My Daughter."
As Experiment wound down its album cycle in 2020, Brown released Mixtape, Vol. 1 in August of that year. The EP was highlighted by the hit single "Cool Again." ~ Matt Collar