Defying genre boundaries unlike ever before, newcomer Kane Brown has amassed an impressive online following off the streaming success of his music. In support of his self-titled debut album, the performer has been making the media rounds and hit up numerous morning shows. This week, he made his late-night TV debut with an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to perform his new single "Thunder in the Rain."
Kane shot to fame on Youtube off the viral success of covers of country songs, including those by Chris Young and others. In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, he reflected on his career. "I feel like everybody that saw my videos was like, 'Oh this dude's about to rap,'" he says. "They just played my videos and I feel like I shocked a lot of people. I started getting close to everybody and I think they heard my story, what I had to tell them. I told them how I grew up, and they just got something started and I feel like they wanted to keep going with it."
On his album, he digs into his troubled past, especially with the essential track "Learning," on which he muses on physical abuse as a child. “When I was six years old, I kinda wet the bed. My stepdad came in and nearly beat me to death. All bruised and broken, I was lonely and scared," he sing-speaks on the opening lyric. "My mom, she was workin’, there was nobody there." Later, he recollects pivotal moments in his life, revealing, "My nanna showed up, she was super protective, had a tear in her eye, she saw I was neglected. Three weeks later, she had him locked in a cell. Now I’m seven years old with a story to tell." But, he professes, he's learned how to cope and move on from that time in his life. “I’m gonna let it go. Forgiveness is somethin’ we gotta know, 'cause if you hold on forever, it’ll hurt your soul. That’s why I’m learnin’ how to let it go."
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Watch his performance below: