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Hot country newcomer Chris Lane has been making a name for himself in the country music scene. Whether he's selling out shows in his home state of North Carolina or opening for country's hottest stars like Florida Georgia Line, Lane has been wowing audiences across the country with his impressive vocals and exciting live shows.
Most recently Lane has continued to win over the hearts of America by rocketing into the Top 5 of Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star contest. Vying for the opening performance slot at the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015, fans can exclusively preview Lane's new song, "Her Own Kind of Beautiful," at Macys.iHeart.com. Voting is open now through May 24th at Macys.iHeart.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #RisingStar and Lane's Twitter handle: @iamChrisLane. The winner will be revealed May 27th.
Despite his busy schedule between shows and recording his first Big Loud Mountain project with acclaimed producer Joey Moi, Lane took time to answer a few questions about his journey into the spotlight thus far.
The Reel Spin: First of all, congratulations on making it into the Top 5 Macy's iheartRadio Rising Star contest... as the only country male artist selected, it must be pretty thrilling... How much does the support of all your fans mean to you?
Chris Lane: The support blows me away, and I wish every single person could know just how grateful I am for them and for how they have continued to stick with me on this ride. The best is yet to come!
TRS: When fans go to the contest website to vote, they also have the opportunity to exclusively listen to your new song "Her Own Kind of Beautiful." How did that song come to be?
Lane: As soon as I heard “Her Own Kind of Beautiful,” I knew it was a song that I wanted to cut right away. I love the song’s positive message that is sent out, that everyone has a unique beauty about them.
TRS: You're currently working in the studio with producer Joey Moi on your forthcoming EP. He's done such incredible work with Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, etc... what has the experience been like so far?
Lane: It’s been a roller coaster, and I say that in a good way! I have learned so much about my own voice and what my strengths are, and it’s been an education process. Joey knows what he is doing in the studio and I am very fortunate to be able to work with him and learn from him.
TRS: You've been touring a lot over the last few years... including opening for the likes of Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, and Florida Georgia Line, just to name a few... do you try to capture some of the same energy from a live show when it's time to go into the studio to record?
Lane: Absolutely, my favorite part about this whole musical journey is being able to perform live. On stage is where I feel the most comfortable. If I can bring that energy into the studio, then it makes the recording process so much easier. Hopefully the fans can hear that in each song!
TRS: Your debut single "Broken Windshield View" was sort of a nod to your hometown of Kernersville, NC. Is that important to you... despite all of your recent successes, to stay grounded in your roots? Can we expect more of that same perspective on the new EP?
Lane: I was honored to be able to highlight my hometown with “Broken Windshield View.” To me, Kernersville, NC was the perfect place to grow up. It is who I am and that part won’t change no matter the highs or lows I face in my career. As far as the direction of the EP, I think fans will hear something different than what I’ve done in the past. I’m extremely excited about the direction of the new music and I can’t wait to share it with my fans!
For more on Chris Lane:
Website - IAmChrisLane.com
Twitter - @iamchrislane
Facebook - facebook.com/imchrislane
Interview by Pamela Thomas