Kane Brown is Kane Brown's self-titled debut studio album which was released on December 2, 2016 by RCA Nashville.
- What Ifs
- Thunder In The Rain
- Pull It Off
- Cold Spot
- Ain't No Stopping Us Now
- Better Place
- Granddaddy's Chair
Deluxe Edition Tracks
- Setting the Night on Fire (featuring Chris Young)
- What's Mine Is Yours
- Found You
"Kane Brown" co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks in the album.
According to Brown, the album is "pretty much autobiography", with songs that detailed his childhood and the hard time he had growing up, "from bullying to being broke to child abuse".
For example, the song "Learning" describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, and the discrimination he faced because of the color of his skin.
He collaborated with Lauren Alaina, a friend from high school who had encouraged Brown to sing, on "What Ifs".
The album also features tracks co-written by Chris Young and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.
The album was produced largely by Dann Huff. Huff originally only intended to produce two tracks for the album, but decided to become more involved after hearing the track "Learning".
"Kane Brown" debuted on the Billboard 200 at #10 with 51,000 units, 45,000 of which were pure album sales.
It also debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and later reached a peak of #5 on the Billboard 200 in October 2017 following the release of the deluxe edition with 26,000 copies sold (43,000 units).
The album also returned to number one on Top Country Albums, and a track "Heaven" from the deluxe album edition (for which a video was released) became the best selling digital song.
The same week the single from the album "What Ifs" also reached number one on multiple charts. Brown became the first artist to have simultaneous number ones on all five main country charts: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 8, 2017, and Platinum on April 4, 2018. It was the fifth best-selling country album of 2017, with 297,800 copies (503,000 album-equivalent units) sold.
As of July of 2019, the album has sold 535,700 copies in the United States.
"Kane Brown" was generally well received by music critics.
Matt Bjorke of Roughstock thought that Brown had crafted a country album that blended "quite a few flavors", judged the second half of Kane Brown to be stronger "with better hooks and lyrics" and overall the album is "a strong mainstream start to an already promising career".
Laura Hostelley of Sounds Like Nashville similarly found "the diversity displayed in Brown’s freshman record begins to unravel him and all of the talent that he has to offer", and that the showed "how far Brown has come and the bright future he still has in front of him".
Billy Duke of Taste of Country thought Brown "a more convincing storyteller now" and the songs better produced than his previous efforts, and that the album is "a rich, honest collection of songs that introduces a country singer that's going to be around for awhile, with or without radio’s support".
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted the diversity of sounds in the album that blended hip-hop, R&B and country-pop, but felt that while versatile, Brown was "attempting whatever sound that might land him on the charts", nevertheless thought that "there's just enough variety of sounds to keep things interesting and it all goes down smooth."