WATCH: Kane Brown and Blake Shelton Team Up For First-Ever Performance Of ‘Different Man’

Kane Brown teamed up with Blake Shelton to deliver the live debut of their duet, “Different Man,” during the live…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 14, 2022


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Kane Brown, Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Kane Brown teamed up with Blake Shelton to deliver the live debut of their duet, “Different Man,” during the live finale of The Voice Season 22. 

Their performance featured eye-catching elements such as pyro and was a highlight of the star-studded finale, which also featured performances from BRELAND, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and more.

Kane Brown; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Kane Brown; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Brown kicked off the performance as he entered from behind the stage. Sporting jeans, white sneakers and a black button-up, the superstar put his baritone vocals on full display as he sang, “But what if I was made for the stage What if I was made for the lights What if I was chosen to write the stories/ Wasn’t built to work the line Oh, what if I was different / Would I wanna be different…”

Moments before Shelton joined him on stage, Brown got the audience fired up with a few fist bumps. 

Shelton then appeared on the opposite side of the stage. He arose from a sitting potion and made his way to Brown as he sang the second verse.

Fans praised the pair’s unique collaboration following the show. 

“Never would have thought of this pairing……..they have to do more music together!  Amazing,” complimented one YouTube user, while another shared, “Fantastic! I’d love to hear more with these two.” 

This marked Brown and Shelton’s first-ever performance of the song, which serves as the title track off Brown’s latest album. 

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“I feel like I’m a great A&R and so I was listening to the song over and over and over and trying to figure out, like, somebody can be on this song. And Blake was the first person that popped into my head,” he shared during an interview with Kelleigh Bannen on Today’s Country Radio. “So I sent it to him and then within 30 minutes he texted me back and said he’s on it. So that was just a crossing my fingers, hoping he could find time to record it.”

Ultimately, it all worked out and Shelton recorded the song. It was released in September when Brown’s album dropped. 

The country stars have a history together as Brown has often covered Shelton’s hit “Ole Red” during his live shows. In 2020, Shelton enlisted Brown as a mentor for Team Blake on The Voice.

Blake Shelton, Kane Brown
Blake Shelton, Kane Brown; Photo Courtesy NBC, The Voice

Having the opportunity to serve as the Battle Round mentor on Season 19 of the singing competition show turned out to be a dream come true for Brown. 

“My dream —  and nobody knows this — was to always try out for The Voice and be on Blake Shelton’s team,” Brown previously told ET. “I’m just so grateful to be here.”

Kane Brown, Different Man Album
Kane Brown, Different Man Album

Kane Brown is in the midst of his Drunk or Dreaming Tour in Canada. 

The U.S. leg of the tour will kick off next year in Grand Rapids, MI on March 16. With special guests Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett and LOCASH, Brown will hit 23 cities before wrapping in Greenwood Village, CO on June 10. 

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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.