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Kane Brown is making music history this weekend as the first male country music artist to perform on stage at the MTV VMAs.
As if that weren’t enough, he also makes history as the first performer to incorporate a mixed reality element from the Toyota scene into his performance, promising audiences something completely new and different.
“It’s such an iconic show to be a part of, and I feel really honored that they asked me. I can’t say too much, but I can say they can expect this be something they’ve never seen before,” he said of his upcoming performance.
Here are a few things you need to know about Brown.
KANE BROWN MAKES MTV VMA HISTORY AS FIRST COUNTRY MALE ARTIST TO PERFORM AT AWARD SHOW: ‘HUGE HONOR’
Brown was raised by a single mother after his father was incarcerated in 1996 when he was three years old. His mother often struggled to provide for him, which often forced them to move several times and sometimes even take temporary refuge in their car.
Music has always been a big part of his life, and after winning a talent show at his high school in eleventh grade by singing a cover of a Chris Young song, Brown began to dabble in country music.
After Brown’s classmate Lauren Alaina placed second on Season 10 of “American Idol” and broke into the music industry, Brown decided to take her own singing and acting talents. trying to recreate Alaina’s success.
Unfortunately for Brown, her attempts to succeed in a singing competition were not as successful as those of her friend Alaina. He didn’t make it past the audition stage on ‘American Idol,’ and he decided to drop out of ‘The X Factor’ when he was told the judges wanted to put him in a boy band rather than have him compete. alone. .
It was then that he decided to gain popularity by posting covers of popular country music songs on Facebook. These covers quickly garnered millions of views, with George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” being one of the most popular.
After a teaser for one of his original songs garnered over 11 million views in two weeks, Brown released a six-song EP, titled “Closer,” in June 2015. The EP’s success drew the attention of Sony Music Records, which he signed with in January 2016 under the RCA Nashville label.
His first EP released under his new label, “Chapter 1”, debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Country Albums chart.
His hit EP was followed by his ultra-successful self-titled debut album in December 2016. The album became the most successful country music debut album since 2014, when Sam Hunt released “Montevallo”.
The album debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Its second single from the album, “What Ifs”, stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks.
“I am so grateful to all the fans, as well as Dann Huff, Matt McVaney and the songwriters on the album, who helped me tell my story to the world through this record,” Brown said in a press release at the time. “A #1 country album is a dream come true, made possible by the hard work of everyone involved.”
Almost a year later, a deluxe version of the album was released which featured four previously unreleased songs. The album and its songs reached number one on the charts, making Brown the first artist to have concurrent number ones on all five major national charts: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales, and Country Streaming Songs.
Brown released her second album, “Experiment,” in 2018. The album became Brown’s first to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Over the next year, Brown collaborated with a number of artists, including Khalid, Becky G, Marshmello and Camilla Cabello, also making a name for herself in the mainstream pop music scene.
He has since released another EP and launched his own label through which he has been releasing singles ever since.
Brown married his wife Katelyn Jae in 2018 in a ceremony in Nolensville, Tennessee.
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The couple announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Kingsley in October 2019, and their second child, another daughter named Kodi, in December 2021.