Who is Blane Howard?
Nashville recording artist Blane Howard hit his first week on CMT Music and CMT.com in stride with his music video for "Promise To Love Her!" After the World Premiere on Nov. 6th, 2019, the video spent 17 consecutive weeks on CMT Music's 12 Pack Countdown show. In addition, the song has garnered over 68 MILLION streams! Those stats are quite impressive for an independent artist. This Arkansas native, named the Arkansas CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in both 2018 and 2019, embraces his unique style of country, modern traditional, mixing the authenticity of the 90s with the contemporary edge of today! His relatable lyrics, powerful vocals, and entertaining shows, are winning him fans around the world.
Howard is a collaborative singer-songwriter known for his pitch perfect baritone vocals and has been trumpeted as “a guy who can flat out sing anything.” He has written with some exceptional writers in the last few years including Rick Huckaby (Beer With Jesus-Thomas Rhett; Muddy Water-Trace Adkins), Doug Johnson (Three Wooden Crosses-Randy Travis; Love Like Crazy-Lee Brice), and Jordan Reynolds (Tequila, Speechless, All To Myself, 10,000 Hours; Grammy nominated/ACM Song of the Year/CMA Nominee), who penned “Promise To Love Her” with Howard. His long-time producer is Brad Hill (Grammy/CMA/ACM Nominated-Maren Morris (Hero), Brother's Osborne).
At the age of 3, Blane stood in front of the TV with a blue and green plastic guitar and sang along with Alan Jackson's "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow." A big fan of Johnny Cash as well, and sharing the same birth date, Howard tells a story about his grandmother singing Cash songs to him and his cousins. Living close to a railroad track, she would rush all the kids to the window when they would “hear the train a coming” and break into her rendition of “Folsom Prison.” Howard often says that as a child he thought Cash had stolen the song from her!
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Howard has had the privilege of opening up shows for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, and Granger Smith. Blane has played multiple venues as well as all types of fairs and festivals across the mid plains and mid-south, including the Arkansas State Fair, State Fair of Texas, South Carolina Peach Festival, and the Western Kentucky State Fair.
‘Bout Time' is the title track to Blane's original EP which was released in January of 2013; he followed that up in 2014 with a two-song CD of "Arkansas, Y'all," which was a song penned for the Arkansas Department of Tourism’s Song of Arkansas contest. In 2015, he released his first full album, "Away We Go," which has many great singles including "Friday Feeling," and "Crazy," as well as the title track. Blane was married in the fall of 2016 and as a gift for his bride-to-be, he wrote "Promise To Love Her." After a short video clip from their wedding of the couple dancing to the song was posted on social media, the messages started pouring in asking about the song. Howard headed to the recording studio and had the song ready for release in 2017.
In early 2018, the legendary John Berry invited Blane to film a segment with him for The Heartland TV Network’s second season of “Songs and Stories with John Berry.” The show was filmed at the Fontanel in Nashville and Howard’s episode aired in June of 2018.
With a new music project in the works and plans for its release in May of 2020, COVID-19 delayed the process; however, Howard felt the need to release one of the completed tracks. Titled appropriately for the times, "Keep Me Busy" hit all music outlets on April 24th.
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“After reviewing over 200 submissions for the Chevrolet Mainstage at the State Fair of Texas, one person stood out, and that was Blane Howard!” ”
— Glenn Smith Presents
“This is the song every woman will want for their wedding this summer”
— Greg Almond, Program Director WGGC Bowling Green, KY
“It is THE wedding song for 2017. Powerful, emotionally charged, goose-bump inducing. It's a hit! ”
— Tracy McSherry-McKown, PD, WOOZ-Carterville, IL
“Blane is the real deal. Our News Director's wife got "giddy" when she heard he was coming to do a local event with the station. Females love the song, but the funny thing is, when he visited in studio, all our texts were from guys. A strong song across the board.”
— Bill Booth, PD, WKDZ - Cadiz, KY
“Our phones and social media are getting the same request, 'Can you play that new song "Promise To Love Her"... Who is the artist and how can I get a copy?' Blane Howard has THE song for engagements and weddings that will be a mainstay for a long time!”
— Cindy Taylor, PD, WTNJ-Beckley, WV
“The male winner [for the Discovery Award] is a fellow named Blane Howard, who has an instant wedding classic for your listening pleasure. It’s a power ballad sung by a resonant baritone who’s pledging true romance. A ready-made wedding anthem. What’s not to love? ”
— Robert K. Oermann Review / Music Row