See Rare Footage Of Kane Brown’s First Time On Stage

Brown sang a Tim McGraw hit and years later, he shared a full-circle moment with the superstar.


Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

March 8, 2023


10:16 am

Share on:

Kane Brown; Photo via Instagram, Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Kane Brown was raised on country music and this video of him singing Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It” proves it. 

The Kane Brown Family Instagram account recently shared a throwback video of a 12-year-old Kane Brown performing the chart-topping McGraw hit. Even back then, Brown had a great sense of style as he is seen sporting a white hat, a necklace, and a stylish white shirt. 

Fans flocked to the comments section to gush over the adorable throwback, which is dated July 23, 2005. 

Watch His First Performance

“It was only the beginning!! Thanks for sharing your journey! Absolutely loving it,” one Instagram user wrote, while another shared, “And look at you now. Such great success.” 

Brown previously revealed that this clip was captured during his “first time on stage.” 

Tim McGraw is one of Kane Brown’s musical influences along with artists like Chris Young and Alan Jackson. 

“It was always country, that’s all I listened to growing up,” he once told Nash Country Daily. “Once I started moving schools, I started hearing different songs, different artists, so I started listening to that. Once I hit puberty and found out who Chris Young was, I just fell in love with his voice and his songs. And that’s when I turned to country.”

Full-Circle Moment

YouTube video

Years later, Brown enjoyed a full-circle moment with McGraw when they shared the stage to perform “I Like It, I Love It” together at the 53rd Super Bowl NFL Tailgate Party in Atlanta, GA.

On February 2, 2019, the artists took the stage at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium for a surprise collaborative performance. 

McGraw surprised fans in the midst of his performance when he welcomed Brown to the stage. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Mr. Kane Brown,” he shouted as fans erupted with applause. 

Earlier in the day, McGraw teased the performance with a cryptic picture of him and Brown.

“Look who I just ran into,” McGraw wrote on social media alongside a photo of the pair. 

Fast forward to 2023, both artists remain at the top of the game. 

“Thank God”

YouTube video

Kane Brown recently earned his ninth career No.1 single with “Thank God,” his duet with his wife, Katelyn. The track is featured on Brown’s latest album, Different Man, which was released last fall. 

Additionally, Brown is gearing up for the launch of the U.S. leg of his Drunk or Dreaming Tour. His next scheduled tour date is set for March 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brown will make stops in cities such as Greenville, South Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and more before the tour wraps up on September 3 at the Washington State Fair. 

Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett, LOCASH, Darius Rucker, and Restless Road will join him on select dates.

Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT
Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT

The superstar will take a break from the tour to co-host the 2023 CMT Music Awards alongside Kelsea Ballerini on Sunday, April 2. Brown is also one of the top nominees for the fan-voted awards show with three nods: Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year, and Collaborative Video of the Year. 

Meanwhile, excitement is building for the release of Tim McGraw’s new song, “Standing Room Only.” The track is set to be released on Friday, March 10. 

The country music icon has shared several teasers of the new track with fans via Instagram and says he loves the message of the song and can’t wait for fans to hear the final product when it’s released.

Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.