Who is Blane Howard?
Blane Howard is a country music artist and songwriter who is making the grade across the board within the country music industry, at country radio and among its fans. His original song, “Promise To Love Her,” has generated more than 7 Million video views across multiple platforms, and more than 10 Million Streams. This Arkansas native, recently named the 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Arkansas CMAs, 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 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! 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 country, modern-traditional, mixing the authenticity of the 90s with the contemporary edge of today!
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, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Blane has played multiple 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, Western Kentucky State Fair, and multiple shows at CMA Fest.
‘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 took off on social media, and requests for the song flooded his social media pages, he decided that he should record the song. In March of 2017 the single released to glowing reviews and hit national radio, making its way to #33 on the Music Row Breakout Chart, holding there for three weeks. The music video has picked up over 5.4 MILLION views on FB alone 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 picked up Howard’s music video for his single “Crazy.”
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.
When Blane is not on the road, he stays busy writing new songs with other artists and songwriters in Nashville.
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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