Kane Brown released his self-titled debut album in December 2016 and has been reaping the rewards of its success. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and made the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
“I feel like this album’s got so many good songs,” Kane said to Nash Country Daily in an interview prior to his album’s release. “I’m usually very shy about my music. But with the new songs, you’re going to find at least one or two songs on my album that you like. You’re going to learn about my life growing up, being beat as a kid, going through racism, through growing up poor, and letting it go. Just showing that I learned from it and made me the man that I am today.”
One song on the album that almost didn’t make the cut is Kane’s third single, “What Ifs,” a tune he co-wrote with Matthew McGinn and Jordan Schmidt. The song—about a relationship where the question “what if” pops up a lot about the couple’s future—features his good friend Lauren Alaina. However, Kane couldn’t deny the fact that it was his most asked-about song on the album.
“I had another song that was going to be on the album. Then [“What Ifs”]—I couldn’t leave it off the album because it’s been asked about so much. I had Lauren screenshot me pictures of her getting tagged [on social media] with stuff like, ‘When is “What Ifs” coming out?'”
“What Ifs” is out now and you can listen to track right here.