WATCH: Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina Join Forces For Surprise Performance Of ‘What Ifs’ In Chattanooga

Kane Brown kicked off the second leg of the Blessed & Free Tour with a hometown concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee,…


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May 8, 2022

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Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina; Photo by Country Now

Kane Brown kicked off the second leg of the Blessed & Free Tour with a hometown concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which also marked the country superstar’s first-ever stadium concert.

On Saturday, May 7, the “Like I Love Country Music” singer surprised the crowd with a special guest, Lauren Alaina, for a performance of their chart-topping duet, “What Ifs.”

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Brown launched into the electrifying performance of “What Ifs” singing the opening verse before Alaina entered the stage to a roaring applause. Alaina, donning a sparkly black dress and thigh-high boots, effortlessly belted out lyrics to the 7x Platinum hit.

Surrounded by an impressive production, the superstars strutted down the catwalk to finish out the song while singing in perfect harmony.

Watch their epic performance of “What Ifs” below.

@laurenalaina surprised the sold-out crowd at @kanebrown ‘s first-ever stadium show in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN, joining him for a performance of their chart-topping No.1 hit, “What Ifs.”

♬ What Ifs – Kane Brown

The longtime friends met in choir class in the seventh grade at the ages of 13 and 12, respectively, at Lakeview Middle School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

“We genuinely want each other to do well,” Alaina previously explained in a press conference. “The song was the perfect way for us to showcase what we can do. I love Kane, and it was a natural fit.”

Co-written by Kane Brown alongside Matt McGinn and Jordan Schmidt, “What Ifs” is a duet with Alaina and the second single from Brown’s Self-Titled debut album, which was released via RCA Nashville in 2017.

Click HERE to read our Exclusive Kane Brown interview.

Brown recently extended his Blessed & Free Tour with new dates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. This leg of the trek will feature Walker Hayes, Chase Rice and RaeLynn on select dates.

With the initial run of the Blessed & Free Tour, Brown became the first country artist to headline every NBA basketball arena in a single tour. 

Blessed & Free Tour

Thursday, May 19, 2022 Birmingham, AL** Legacy Arena at the BJCC

Friday, May 20, 2022 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Fest

Saturday, May 21, 2022 Tampa, FL** Amalie Arena

Friday, May 27, 2022 Savannah, GA*** Enmarket Arena

Saturday, May 28, 2022 Virginia Beach, VA Patriotic Fest

Thursday, June 2, 2022 Gilford, NH** Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Friday, June 3, 2022 Gilford, NH** Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Saturday, June 4, 2022 Uncasville, CT** Mohegan Sun Arena

*Support is Walker Hayes

**Support is Walker Hayes & Raelynn

***Support is Chase Rice & Raelynn

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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.