Kane Brown has announced his 2020 dates! See em all here!
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The Worldwide Beautiful Tour
with special guests
Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane
On Sale Friday, November 15 at 10 am
“Homesick” was co-written by Kane Brown with Brock Berryhill, Matt McGinn, and Taylor Phillips about Brown’s own “experience traveling on the road and being away from his loved ones,” but the singer dedicated the song to military families: “I thought, ‘There’s not many songs going out these days about the military like there used to be. I felt like this would really hit home for them. Just kind of like memories of, you know, anybody dancing in a kitchen, singing favorite songs with each other.” Brown got his inspiration for the song while at a tattoo parlor when the artist suggested he put the word ‘homesick’ on his knuckles, and he started writing the song on his bus before a performance at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Brown was raised in rural northwest Georgia and in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. He is multiracial, with a European-American mother, Tabatha Brown, and an African-American father who is also part Cherokee. In 2018, he told People he did not know he was biracial until he was 7 or 8 years old: “I thought I was full white… I found out that I was biracial, and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word … I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.” His father has been incarcerated since 1996, and he was raised by his single mother.
Sometimes homeless, his family moved around northwest Georgia when he was younger from Rossville to Fort Oglethorpe to LaFayette before finally settling in Red Bank, Tennessee. As a result, he attended many schools, among them Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he sang in the choir with Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol. He also attended Red Bank, Ridgeland, and Soddy Daisy High Schools. After graduation, he lived with his grandmother, who had also helped raise him.
Brown grew up listening to country music but became interested in R&B music in middle school. However, after winning a school talent show in 11th grade with a rendition of Chris Young‘s “Gettin’ You Home“, he began to perform country music. He auditioned for both American Idol and The X Factor after the success of his school friend Lauren Alaina on American Idol. He was chosen for The X Factor after an audition in 2013 but left the show when its producers wanted to include him in a boy band. After that, he decided to post his cover versions of popular songs online.