Kane Brown finds himself among a who’s-who list of 31 people changing the South by Time Magazine. The publication includes the country singer alongside others in the fields of politics, sports and technology.
In the article, Kane admits that he’s not “your average country artist” as the biracial singer has seen chart success in a genre dominated by white artists. “Brown has bucked norms at every step of his journey, from singing a Chris Young song at a high school talent show in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., to touring with country heavyweights including Young himself,” the publication writes.
“You can’t not chase dreams if they’re in front of you,” he tells Time.
The singer, who once considered a job as a FedEx driver, gets much praise from the publication. Time adds that Kane’s “honeyed drawl, willingness to stretch genre boundaries and highly personal storytelling have won him fans far beyond social media.” This couldn’t be more true as Kane’s multi-week No. 1 hit “Heaven” recently became one of only two singles in the past decade to remain Top 5 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay Charts for 14 weeks or more.
That’s not the only chart Kane’s breaking, though. His previous single “What Ifs,” featuring middle school classmate Lauren Alaina, became the third most streamed country song of all time. Additionally, Kane’s 2016 self-titled debut has been certified platinum and holds the longest reign on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart for 2018.
The singer will continue his upward climb with his sophomore album, scheduled to be released on Nov. 9. Kane has already given fans a preview of the album through his latest single, “Lose It,” and feel-good summer jam “Weekend,” released earlier this month.