"I wasn’t the greatest on stage. I wondered what everybody thought about me," said the country star in a new interview with 'Today'
Kane Brown wasn't always sure he had what it takes for stardom.
On Sunday, the country music star appeared on Today and spoke about experiencing imposter syndrome as his career first began to grow.
"When I f---ing started playin’ bigger places I got, like, imposter syndrome of it moving too fast," Brown, 29, told Today. "I wasn’t the greatest on stage. I wondered what everybody thought about me."
One moment in which he found confidence was when he became the first-ever Black artist to headline Fenway Park in Boston with a June 23 concert. "I knew that I was supposed to be there," added the singer.
"When I got out there, you know, there were no nerves. There was no, 'Oh my God,'" said Brown. "It was like, 'It’s showtime and I’m going to put on a show and let these people know that I’m so glad they’re here and that I’m so glad to be here."
The "What Ifs" musician was raised in Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee by a White mother and a Black father, and he was often told he wasn't cut out for the country genre — which could've contributed to the imposter syndrome.
"They’d be like, 'Just look at him. He’s not country. That’s not what country looks like,' yada, yada, yada. But I feel like it’s also what made me blow up on Facebook. ‘Cause, I had a lot of people that clicked my video and they would be like, 'I thought you were going to rap, excuse me,'" said Brown. "And then I started singing. So it kind of shocked them, and they wanted to share."
After his viral moment on Facebook, Brown released his debut album in late 2016, and he's found success with songs like "Used to Love You Sober," "Heaven" and "Be Like That." Today, he prefers too look ofrward rather than backward.
"Everything that I went through is a part of my life that got me here. And I’m actually proud of it,." says Brown. "Even though a lot of it was tough and hard and you didn’t know what was going to come out of it. But I feel like that’s who made me who I am today."
"It made me strong. It made me want to get back to people, and made me humble," continued the musician. "And just made me proud of where I came from."
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