Who is Blane Howard?
Blane Howard is a country music artist and songwriter who is making the grade across the board with fans and country radio. His original song "Promise to Love Her" has generated more than 6 million views across multiple platforms, and more than 3 million streams. An Arkansas native, recently named the 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Arkansas CMAs, Blane embraces the sound he was raised on by infusing the styles of country music greats like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Randy Travis, with his own personal flair. His relatable lyrics, powerful vocals, and entertaining shows are winning him fans around the world.
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, with whom he shares a birth date, Howard tells a story about his grandmother singing Cash songs to him and his cousins when they were little. 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 Blues." Blane often admits, that as a child he thought Cash stole the song from her! Today he is drawn toward the styles of artist like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne. All of these influences have made an impact on Blane's unique style of modern-traditional country, mixing the authenticity of the 90's with the contemporary edge of today!
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Howard has opened for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Blane has played venues of all sizes, 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, Nashville's Next Big Twang, and the Western Kentucky State Fair.
Blane's first EP 'Bout Time 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-length album, Away We Go, which features the singles "Friday Feeling," and "Crazy.". Blane married his wife, Megan, in the fall of 2016 and as a gift for his bride-to-be, he wrote "Promise To Love Her," and surprised her with it the morning of the wedding. After a short video clip of the couple dancing to the song took off on social media, and requests for the song flooded his social media pages, he decided to enter the studio and record the song. In March of 2017 a single and official music video were released to glowing reviews and hit national radio. The music video has picked up over 6 million views online, over 4 million streams, and also received television airplay on networks such as Great American Country, The Country Network, and The Heartland Network where it continues to air today. The Heartland Network also airs Howard’s music video for his 2015 single “Crazy.”
“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