Kane Brown always wanted to be "a public figure that everybody could look up to."
He thought he'd accomplish that through sports -- he played several growing up in Georgia -- but Brown's vehicle turned out to be through music. Social media-posed versions of established artist's hits brought him a following and a Top 10 country EP, "Closer," as well as a national label deal and a spot on tour with Florida Georgia Line this year.
"I'm just holding on and seeing what happens," Brown, 22, says by phone from Indianapolis. "I just started putting music on Facebook, not thinking about what would happen, and it just took off and I ran with it. I guess it worked out pretty good. It's come so fast that I don't think it's really hit me yet."
Brown is currently riding high with a new single, "Used To Love You Sober," which will be included on another EP that's coming out in March. "I had a sweetheart my freshman year (of high school) and I moved, thinking that I'd get over it -- but I didn't," says Brown, who co-wrote the song with Josh Hoge and Matt McVaney. "It's about having to drink to get her off your mind. That's the only way you can do it 'cause you think about her 24-7.
So I had the title and I told Josh and Matt I wanted to write a breakup song.
"They thought the title sounded cool and they've been through some breakups, too, so we got down to it and it came out a great song."
Now Brown is hoping for great things ahead. He plans to have an album out this year as well, and being part of FGL's Dig Your Roots Tour could provide the exposure he needs to vault to the next level.
"I'm super excited for that," Brown says. "I want to watch them and learn to make my show better, 'cause they put on such a great show. And just pick up some of their fans, 'cause they have such a huge fan base"
Kane Brown and Justin Adams
Saturday, Feb. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $15.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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