NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Billboard charts and streaming services really dig up the upcoming country star Kane Brown. But the industry is voting for the Country Music Association Awards? Not so much.
Despite being the most successful new artist of the genre, Kane Brown was disapproved at the CMA's of 2018, but he still goes to the awards show on November 14th.
"I was a little bit annoyed because I felt like we had a very good year," said 25-year-old Brown, who will release his second album "Experiment" on Friday. "I felt like me and Luke Combs and Brett Young were the most talked about (artists) of the year, and I felt I should at least have been recognized. & # 39;
Combs and Young were both nominated for new artist of the year, and Combs also received a male vocalist nomination. Brown, whose self-titled debut album and the luxury re-release last December last year produced two multi-platinum hits – "Heaven" and "What Ifs" – was included in the second round vote for multiple categories, including new artists, but eventually did not enter the last five in those categories, according to a CMA spokeswoman.
"But I have no hurt feelings," Brown said in a recent interview on his Nashville, Tennessee tour bus, as he prepared to play an opening slot at the Bridgestone Arena for Chris Young. "I will still be on the show and I will still be rooting for everyone who is nominated, all those people are still family, I wish everyone well and I was not hurt at all."
Although he is one of the next big stars of country music, Brown still has an underdog mentality that goes back to his upbringing in rural Georgia and is raised by a single mother.
"I feel like I'm the outsider inside, if that makes sense," Brown said. "But I've dealt with it."
His manager, Martha Earls, said his lack of CMA nominations means that there are still many people in Nashville who do not understand him.
"The fans really want him, but the CMAs are voted in the industry," Earls said. "And so there is a lot of politics involved."
Brown had to walk far more kilometers than most new artists to get where he is now, Earls said.
"He came to town and immediately everyone mistrusted him because they could not understand how someone could break on social media," Earls said. "There were clearly stereotypes against him because he is bi-racial and he has a lot of tattoos and he does not look like your stereotype country artist."
Brown built his fan base via his Facebook page, where country song songs were made that gave millions of views. His debut album achieved platinum status and won the land plate map of Billboard for 12 weeks. He currently climbed all five billboard country charts at one point, making him the first artist ever. "Heaven", which peaked at number 15 in the Hot 100 hit list of the genre, is the second most streamed country song of the year behind the record-breaking hit "Meant to be & # 39; from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line.
Although the national radio reacted slowly, fans immediately connected to the soft voice of the singer-songwriter with the deep voice. On his first album Brown opened his fans for his background, he was abused as a child and did not adapt to school because of his clothes and his skin color.
He has won a lot in the election by fans, and won the country categories at the 2018 American Music Awards with three wins and won a CMT Music Award for What Ifs & # 39 ;, his number 1 hit with Lauren Alaina. And although Brown was probably a strong contender for the best new artist in the Grammy of 2019, he is not eligible because he has released too many songs, Earls said.
"I feel that our industry sometimes does not recognize the artists who have the greatest impact," Earls said.
Brown, who recently married singer Katelyn Jae, sounds like a young man who is deeply in love and comes into his own on his new album. His voice carries more self-confidence in exploring his love of country music from the 90s, while he also incorporates elements of R & B and pop.
"I wanted to call it" Experiment "because it's all different sounds," Brown said. "We have a whole series of instruments that are actually extinct, such as the violin, the steel guitar, the slide … We found it in fact a bit like a new school met former schoolland."
He has also become a fast learner. When he only had 15 minutes to play as an opener for Florida Georgia Line, he studied the set of the duo to learn how he could improve his. "I have learned that one day I want to become the headliner," said Brown, who started his first arena rounds in January.
But Brown insists that all success has not changed him. Family is one of the most important things for him, whether it is the family he came from or the close-knit team of band members and co-writers. When he played the arena in Nashville, he brought his mother and his 88-year-old grandfather on the stage and told his fans to follow their dreams.
"I am very family oriented," Brown said. "This camp is a family, my writers are my family."
So even if some of the country music industry has not yet recognized him because of his performance, Brown said he would like to prove that people's expectations about him are wrong.
"That's why this album is so different because I want people to look like:" Whoa, I did not expect that, "said Brown." I feel I can do what I want do, because my fans will always be there. "
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