Today we take a listen listen to the latest single from an artist who first came to Nashville's attention as a contestant on X-Factor, and then who made his reputation doing covers of current country hits on YouTube. An artist, who thanks to a helping hand from an old friend, is coming off of his first #1 single.

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Kane Brown is an artist who has definitely seen some lows in his life, but they only seem to have taught him to appreciate the highs, like the thrill of landing his first number 1 hit, and the lows of moving several times during his childhood and even living in his mother's car for a while.

As a result, Brown changed schools often as a kid, ending up at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. It was at LFO High he met a fellow singer named Lauren Suddeth, who was a kind of kindred spirit for Brown in the school choir. Brown and Suddeth would both audition for season 10 of American Idol in 2011; Suddeth was selected, Kane was not. She had already dropped her last name prior to auditioning for the show, and Lauren Alaina as she was now being called, finished second behind Scotty McCreery for the season. Brown went on to audition for the X-Factor, and in 2013 was selected for that show.

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Brown's excitement didn't last long. He learned that producers had plans to put him in a "boy band" for the show. Brown soon dropped out and decided to take his career in his own hands, becoming one of the first artists to truly envelope the YouTube and Facebook universe as a tool to promote his own abilities. He began posting cover versions of popular country songs, and people responded. Brown posted covers of songs by Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Billy Currington in 2014, and his posts quickly gained him thousands of fans.

By the time he released a video for Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck", Kane Brown was already an "internet sensation", with more than 1 million Facebook followers. His video for George Strait's "Check Yes Or No" went viral in September of 2015, getting more than 7 million views. His next video, "Used To Love You Sober", his first original song post received more than 1 million views in its first three days, and within weeks had received more than 11 million hits.

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Brown started a Kickstarter campaign soon after "Used To Love You Sober" went viral. The campaign was founded to gather the resources to produce his first studio try, a six song EP called Closer. Produced by Brantley Gilbert guitarist Noah Henson. Released in June of 2015, the EP debuted at #22 on the country albums chart and #9 on the Hot200 albums chart.

The success of the EP would lead to Brown signing with Sony Music Nashville in March of 2016. He would head into the studio and release a self-titled debut album in December of 2016. Two singles were released from the album in late 2016, without a big response from country radio. Then, in February of 2017 the album's third single, featuring his old high school friend Alaina was released. Though a slow climb ensued, the duo would top the country singles chart for the week of October 28th. It would also become the single to knock Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" off its 35-week perch atop the Country Digital Chart, a position it still holds, currently in it's 5th week atop that chart.

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We have the fourth single from the self-titled album, recently re-released in a "deluxe" version, in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Kane Brown and "Heaven" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you're gonna want to hear it again.

Text today’s key word to 580 353-1013, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, presenting the Catch of the Day on Oklahoma’s Best Country KLAW101.

Today’s Key Word: “HEAVEN”


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