What is Kane Brown's ethnicity? Country star thought he was White until he was called 'N-word'
Country star Kane Brown is all set to host the 2021 edition of CMT Music Awards for the second time in a row. Accompanying him will be singer and songwriter Kelsea Ballerini. Brown, who is best known for his singles ‘Used to Love You Sober’, ‘What Ifs’ and ‘Last Minute Late Night’ among others, had a pretty impressive last year as he bagged the Favorite Male Country Artist thrice in a row.
The CMT Music Awards 2021 has also roped in a bunch of talented country singers with an intention to entertain the audience on June 9, 2021. Singers such as Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Jack Ingram and Paul Klein will hit the stage in Nashville with their respective hit songs. Apart from CMT Music Awards, fans also recently enjoyed the award ceremonies of MTV Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
Brown has been making some amazing music since 2014 and has also won a few renowned awards. The 27-year-old singer was raised in rural northwest Georgia in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area. Brown had a difficult childhood as his family moved around northwest Georgia when he was young, before finally settling in Red Bank, Tennessee. He was raised by his mother and grandmother. Brown also sang in the choir with Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on Season 10 of ‘American Idol’.
If we talk about his music, he was heavily influenced by country and R&B music. After seriously thinking about pursuing music as a full-fledged career, Brown started posting covers of classic country songs on Facebook, which ultimately helped him in getting an audience. Brown had posted a rendition of Chris Young's ‘Gettin' You Home’ when he was in 11th grade. The ‘Listening’ hitmaker was also picked up for ‘The X Factor’ in 2013 but he apparently left the show as producers wanted him to be part of a boy band.
What is Kane Brown’s ethnicity?
Brown is multiracial as he was born to a White mother, Tabatha Brown, and an African-American father who is also part Cherokee. While growing up, the singer used to think he was White until he got called the N-word. In an exclusive interview with People magazine in 2018, Brown spilled the beans on his ethnicity and the struggles he faced with it. “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."
Brown also shed light on how he got past the name-calling saying, “I just kind of got over it. They just made me stronger. I guess it was God. Hopefully I can help kids and they can end up being stronger in the long run, too.” The country singer further revealed, “Once I got to high school and hit my growth spurt, nobody really messed with me anymore. I just kept to myself. I kept my circle small. I had my friends that I knew wouldn’t do anything to hurt me and I would also stand up for them, and those are still my friends today.”
Fans can live stream the CMT Music Awards 2021 on Wednesday, June 9, at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT on the CMT channel with simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.