Times change. And when they do, Country artists like Chris Lane don’t stay static – they change with them, always growing into something more complete. After breaking out with a suave romantic flair and a knack for live shows as cool and refreshing as a Carolina sunrise, that’s exactly what Lane is doing now – growing into a new season of life.
Stepping up with a fresh artistic vision, the hitmaker has found his long sought – after sweet spot.
“Laps Around the Sun was a step in the right direction,” Lane says, referring to his 2018 sophomore album. “Now I feel like third time around – well, they say the third time is the charm.”
Lane’s next chapter is here, and it began with an epiphany – scoring his first co-written Number One on the Platinum-certified “Big, Big Plans.” Tender and gentle, but also flashing a brilliant spark of life, it showcased Lane’s love for his then – girlfriend (and now-wife) Lauren, laying out his honorable intentions for all to see. The track has now garnered more than 200 Million on-demand streams, and was even used in a video that captured the endearing moment of his marriage proposal, viewed more than 20 Million times on YouTube. And since then, its self-styled mix of sincere emotion and organic Country have powered an evolution.
Following the beat of his heart, Lane took full advantage of a year off the stage, writing more frequently and effectively than ever.
“In early parts of my career, I only wrote here and there, just because I was always on the road,” Lane admits. “But having ‘Big, Big Plans’ go Number One – as a songwriter it’s given me a new level of confidence that I’ve never had before. I feel like I can finally say ‘Alright, I can do this.’”
Actually, he had plenty of reasons for confidence before. In 2015, Lane notched a debut Number One with the sky – scraping romantic stunner, “Fix,” then followed up with groove-oriented hits like the Platinum “For Her,” 2X-Platinum “Take Back Home Girl (featuring Tori Kelley), and 2X-Platinum Number One “I Don’t Know About You.” He was on the right track. But writing for himself opened a new door of authenticity – perfectly timed with some “big, big” personal growth.
“I met somebody and settled down, got married and now we’ve welcomed our first child. And I’ll be completely honest – it’s changed me for the better,” Lane admits. “Plus, I feel like I’ve found my voice in the midst of that. I’ve learned what I like to sound like, what I don’t like to sound like. And when I go in the studio with Joey [Moi] now, I just know exactly what I want.”
What that means for fans is a return to Lane’s North-Carolina roots, with an irresistible pulse added in. Craving the high energy of “Fix” and the organic vibes of his old barstool-and-six-string style, there’s a renewed emphasis on guitar and a new sense of soulful maturity, as Lane captures his 30A-meets-Carolina essence.
“I think I sound the best on this new music,” he says. “This is what I was doing when I was in North Carolina and was writing my own songs.”
Feeling unchained like never before, Lane is also breaking the old school album-release model. His new music will come out one track at a time – ensuring each song has its moment – and first up was the flirtatious instant-favorite and lead single, “Fill Them Boots.” Up-tempo and charged with romantic energy, it feels like a spiritual descendant of “Fix” – but just like “Big, Big Plans,” sports a pure-Country foundation and a good-guy charm, revealing another part of his story with Lauren.
“This was our story,” Lane says. “I wrote it about how we met, and an ex-boyfriend of hers is the guy in the song. We laugh about it all the time, because it’s truly our story to a ‘T.’ And look at us now!”
More new and deeply-personal tracks are out now, including the feel-good nostalgic sunshine of “Summer Job Money” – an up-tempo stadium-Country singalong with a smitten center. Meanwhile, soul-on-his-sleeve ballads like “That’s What Mamas Are For” and “Ain’t Even MetYou Yet” highlight the integrity and devotion of this newfound family man.
All told, they form the beginning of a whole new era in Lane’s career – one that mirrors the new era in his life. And although he knows the world will keep turning, and things will keep changing, they don’t call it a “sweet spot” for nothing.
“I’ve landed on exactly what I love the most,” he says, flashing a grin with that easy Southern charm. “My main hope is that people react and say ‘Alright, I get it now. I know who Chris Lane is.’”
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