Kane Brown’s fame began back in 2015 when he started posting covers on Facebook of songs by country music stars including George Strait, Lee Brice, Chris Young, and more. That year, Brown’s rendition of Strait’s “Check Yes or No” went viral and he released his breakthrough EP, Closer.
As he prepares for the release of his next album, the country hitmaker revealed that he considered revisiting some of these popular covers to potentially include within the track list on his upcoming new project.
Brown recently sat down with Billboard to discuss some of the details about his forthcoming new project.
The country singer pondered the idea of potentially including some of his infamous covers on the new project, however, nixed that idea and set it aside for what could be another project in the future.
“I’ve thought about that for this album, about putting several cover songs on it,” he explained. “I had like 20 or 25 cover songs that did well for me, so I think the smartest thing would be to just go back and cover those again. I know my fans have asked.”
He went on to say that his new album is in the final stages and will be available “sometime this year.”
“I am sending my album off for mastering tomorrow,” he announced at the time of the interview.
Although it could be too late to include some of the covers that started it all for him, there are still going to be a few special additions that his fans have also requested, like an appearance from his wife Katelyn Brown.
“I took my time with this album and I love every song on the album. My wife says it’s her favorite album I’ve ever done,” Brown shared, after confirming that his wife will also appear on his upcoming new album.
The new project will follow Brown’s 2020 EP, Mixtape Vol. 1, and his 2019 studio album, Experiment Extended. During the 57th ACM Awards on March 7, Brown gave fans a teaser of his unreleased album when he performed his new single, “Leave You Alone,” the first track off the upcoming new project.
On Monday, April 11, Brown will return to the CMT Music Awards, but this year instead of hosting alongside Kelsea Ballerini, he will be in attendance as a performer and the leading nominee.
To this day, Brown is still receiving recognition for his covers. He’s earned a nomination in the upcoming CMT category for performance of the year for his performance of Randy Travis’ 2002 hit, “Three Wooden Crosses” from the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. Travis is another legend who Brown has looked up to throughout his career and because of that, made the easy decision to include the “Forever and Ever, Amen” singer in his past collection of Facebook covers.
“I just love the songwriting, first of all, and I love Randy,” Brown said “That song really helped me with my career early on. That’s the song that got me introduced to Randy for the first time, when he surprised me at a radio station. Every time I get to sing that song, it’s just part of my career. To be part of it, I hope he’s proud of it and that it brings Randy even more recognition.”
Brown is also in the midst of his headlining Blessed & Free Tour, that he recently added dates to with special guests including Walker Hayes, Chase Rice and Raelynn for certain shows.