Kane Brown’s parents — His childhood with a single mother detailed

Kane Brown

Kane Brown’s rise as a country music artist is notably attributed to the internet. Though known for his viral fame, the singer-songwriter’s journey so far has not been an entirely smooth one.

He was singularly raised by his mother and was estranged from his father for most of his younger years. In his songs and interviews, Brown has also been open about his difficult childhood plagued by poverty, homelessness, racial slurs, and physical abuse inflicted on him by his stepfather.

Kane Brown grew up with his single mother, Tabatha Brown, in rural Northwest Georgia and Tennessee

Kane was born on October 21, 1993, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was singularly raised by his mother, Tabatha Brown, for most of his life. Kane and his mother moved around a lot when he was young, from living in Northwest Georgia to Tennessee.

Tabatha Brown's mother
Kane Brown’s mother Tabatha Brown

They struggled financially and were homeless at times to the point of sleeping in the car as Brown recalled to Entertainment Tonight, saying:

“We didn’t have anywhere to stay and we stayed in a car for, like, two weeks at a time. I grew up with nothing and I’m just glad that I can support myself now, and support my mom and my nana if they need anything,”

Growing up in the countryside, Brown spent his young years in Redbank, Tennessee where he formed his passion for music in high school. According to Billboard, his mother also shared her son’s love for country music.

Although Brown primarily identifies as biracial, he is a multiracial person in terms of his ethnic roots that trace back to a white mother and a black father who is also part Cherokee.

As a child, he did not realize that he was biracial until he was seven or eight years old. From a very young age, Brown faced judgment and racism for his racial identity and recalled that he was called the N-word by his peers at school.

“I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can’t even really say because I didn’t see colors. I found out that I was biracial and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word. I didn’t even know what it meant. I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little,” Brown told People.

Brown keeps in touch with his formerly estranged father who has been in incarceration since 1996

While little is published about Brown’s father, it is known that his father owned and worked in a general store in Northeast Georgia as described in his song Cold Spot (the name of the store).

Only three years after he was born, Brown’s father was incarcerated in 1996 and is still in imprisonment to this day. Though his father has been absent from his life for more than twenty-five years, Brown keeps in touch with him.

“He’s a drummer, which I didn’t even know. He brags about me and talks about how good he is on the drums. I always joke with him and say that I’m going to hire him when he gets out,” Brown told Billboard.

Brown further admitted to Billboard that he had an uneasy childhood that was troubled by racial discrimination, friends dying from overdoses, and his family’s history with bipolar disorder and depression.

In his song Learning, he detailed the events of his abuse at the hands of his stepfather, who “nearly beat [him] to death” for wetting his bed when he was six years old. To the credit of his grandmother who noticed what had happened, his stepfather was put behind the bars and was later divorced by his mother.

Though Brown lacked a proper father figure in his life, he is grateful to his mother and grandmother for mentoring him and raising him to walk in the right direction. He told Country Now:

“I did have my grandparents, and grandads that were around, but I was mainly raised by women and they taught me just how to be a southern gentleman.”

Kane credits his mother, aunt, and grandmother for raising him properly and gladly supports them now

Moving to numerous schools in a short period and being the new kid every time caused Kane to be bullied at school for his race. Following his high school graduation, Brown lived with his grandmother who helped raise him. He also mentioned that he grew up “a little different with hardly any money”.

Kane Brown's grandmother
Kane Brown’s grandmother

Nonetheless, Kane is grateful to the women in his life for guiding him as evidenced in his song “Good for You” which was inspired by his upbringing. Moreover, he paid a tribute to his mother and grandmother for the way they raised him in the music video for the said song.

He told Entertainment Tonight that he loved them very much, saying: “My mom, my nana, my aunt raised me, so I was raised by all women, listening to Shania Twain, Sugarland – all female artists. They just did this good job. My mom was basically my dad, my nana was my mom. And, it’s just awesome being raised by women because I can relate to them so much. It kind of helped me in the real world.”

In a 2018 appearance on the Ty, Kelly, & Chuck show, Brown said that he had gifted his mother with a car on her birthday the previous year. He had also bought her an apartment, insured it for a full year, and put her on his payroll until she found a job she likes. He explained:

“My mom’s going through some things right now, and I’m trying to help her out. She’s been living in her dad’s basement and she’s been really depressed. So, I called her, and I was like, ‘Mom, I want to take care of you, so go pick out an apartment, whichever apartment you want. I want you to find a job you like’.”