After Kane Brown topped the chart with "Heaven," Darius Ruckerfollowed him to #1 with "For the First Time." Fittingly, it was the first time in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart that two black artists have had consecutive #1 songs. Kane told ABC Radio he's proud of the accomplishment.
"It's cool to me, man...it goes back to Charley Pride," Kane told ABC Radio, referring to the black country music legend. "Before he went to the Opry, whenever he was killin' it, nobody knew that he was black or anything. So, just to be up there with Darius, just to have back-to-back number ones like that...it's hard. 'cause I feel like there's only two or three of us in the industry right now. So, for it to happen with me and him, and being great friends, it's an amazing feeling."
Kane says he's "just trying to break stereotypes as much as possible," with his music. "We're trying to break that barrier down," he says.
Kane spoke to ABC Radio backstage at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on Thursday night, where he performed on the big stage for the first time. Kane said it "feels amazing" to be part of CMA Fest after a year in which his career exploded.
"You get to see your fans in person. And, everybody's in Nashville...so that's awesome," he told ABC Radio. "And it's cool 'cause every year that I come here, I feel that we've got some milestones. Like, the first year, there was a couple people knew me, the second year more people knew me."
"It's awesome just coming back and just seeing more people recognize you and want to take pictures with you...it just keeps growing and growing and growing."