Growing up in Kernersville, North Carolina, Chris Lane listened to all of the requisite country music staples: Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks. But as a child of the Nineties, he was also shaped by the smooth pop and R&B sounds of artists like Justin Timberlake, Usher and the Backstreet Boys. Now, as he prepares to release his anticipated debut EP for Big Loud Records, Lane has drawn upon those influences to create music for the modern country fan.

"The average country fan grew up the same way I did. And guys like Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line did too: listening to all different kinds of music, especially dance and pop," Lane says. "The songs on my EP build on that and lend themselves to making people want to move."

With more than 500 shows to his credit in just a few short years, Lane has shared the stage with Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, and most recently joined Dustin Lynch's 35-plus cities Hell of a Night Tour.

Still, Lane is very much his own artist — and one savvy enough to truly put his audience first. "When I'm writing, recording and making music, I'm doing it with them in mind," he says of his connection to the crowd. "I feel like I am the fans."

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