Brown caught the attention of music execs while amassing a staggering two million followers on Facebook — where he would release new music and foster tight relationships with his fans. Since signing a record deal in early 2016, the singer hasn’t stopped running on full speed, opening for Florida Georgia Line on their Dig Your Roots tour this summer and now headlining 27 dates over the next three months on his Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Tour.
“The fans inspired us to hit it even harder.” Brown tells PEOPLE of his packed touring schedule. “It’s a lot more fun seeing and communicating with the fans in person, rather than over comments on Facebook.”
Having spent a lot of time with FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard this summer, Brown didn’t waste the opportunity to pick up a few pointers from the experienced duo. “They really showed me how to perform for the fans.” Brown explains.
With his self-titled debut scheduled for a Dec. 2 release, the singer is excited to connect with his fans even more by getting personal in his new music.
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“Learning,” written with fellow songwriters Sam Ellis and Blake Anthony Carter, is a biographical look at Brown’s life. “We just had a guitar loop and I was just telling my life — rhyming, free-styling,” he explains of the writing process. “We didn’t think anything of it. Then Carter was like, ‘Dude, I love that.’ So we just ran with it, talking about my life like a chapter story.”
Fans will get to see a serious side of the singer in “Learning.” The first lines open with a heartbreaking revelation: “When I was 6 years old I kinda wet the bed/My step dad came in and nearly beat me to death.”
But Brown comes full circle in the end: “I’m gonna let it go/Forgiveness is something we gotta know.” Hear the emotional song above.