Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 19, 2018) – Chris Young, with the support of Kane Brown and Lanco, brought his Losing Sleep World Tour to the sold-out Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight. Eager country music-loving fans packed into the arena for the undeniably talented, high-energy, and emotional-intensive performances that were sure to be on the agenda this evening!
From the humble beginning of winning a high school talent contest singing Chris Young’s “Getting You Home”, to becoming a viral internet sensation, Kane Brown has run the gamut in his climb to country music stardom. Signed to Sony Music Nashville in January 2016, Kane released an EP titled Chapter 1, and then the self-titled LP, Kane Brown, in December that same year. As 2016 came to a close, very few envisioned that 2017 would be the breakout year for Kane Brown that all artists dream of.
With the release of a deluxe version of Kane Brown, the young man from Tennessee was on his way. His album soared to number 5 on the Billboard chart and Number 1 on the country chart. Kane became the first artist to have simultaneous number ones on all five main country charts. Everyone was taking notice, including Chris Young, who was planning a thirty-show world tour of his own starting at the end of 2017. Chris Young reached out to Kane Brown to fill the middle slot at all 30 shows. Once Brown’s team accepted, the stage was set for one of the most anticipated shows in years.
After a quick 35-minute set from the country band Lanco, the stage was set for the budding superstar, Kane Brown. The large, multi-tiered stage was semi-illuminated; the anticipation and mutters of the crowd were evident. As the arena lights finally dimmed, Kane Brown took to the stage, the low chatter quickly turned into deafening roars! The fans were ready for a show and they would not be murmur tonight.
Opening his planned 55-five minute set with “Found You” Brown had his fans on their feet and singing back to him note-for-note. He masterfully worked the stage, side-to-side, like an experienced veteran performer does. Surreal beams of light with pulsating color cascaded down from around the stage. The ‘light show’ as some call it, created a high-intensity atmosphere not normally associated with country music. Brown, who is quickly becoming a master showman, fed off the crowd’s energy using the surge to move effortlessly thru a 12-song set highlighted by favorites “Used to Love You Sober”, “Heaven ” and “What Ifs”.
Kane kept everyone going with “Hometown”, “Rockstars”, “Better Place”, “Medley (“Billionaire”, “Miss Jackson”, “Over My Head”)”, “There Goes My Everything”, “Learning”, “Closer”, and “Pull It Off”. When his high-energy, 55-minute show came to a close, the crowd showered Kane and his band with appreciation and cheers of admiration. As if planned long before, Brown and his band took to the edge of the stage to pass out the remaining guitar picks while smiling and waving to the appreciative fans. Make no mistakes about it, Kane Brown is a country superstar; it is only a matter of time before he headlines his own world tour.
Senior Photojournalist: John Swider