Former child actor and upcoming singer Brandon Kane has just released his new single “Grateful”, a song about Brandon’s relationship with a young lady that he feels blessed to have. “Sometimes guys are afraid to express their feelings when they really care about someone. Sometimes you have to put it all on the line. Not many people get to experience this kind of love and I’m grateful that she chose me,” he told WWS Magazine.
Brandon also talked with WWS about how he got started with his career, his biggest industry challenges thus far and more. Hear the song “Grateful” and see some excerpts from the interview below.
Brandon on how he got his start in the industry:
I was born in the mid-west, but have lived in southern California most of my life. My sister was in the entertainment industry so I followed in her footsteps. I started doing commercials and recording vocals on soundtracks for Disney. My professional career really took off when I went on a three year Broadway tour with Disney’s “The Lion King” starring as “Young Simba”. That’s when I discovered my love of entertaining. I loved being on stage.
When I returned from the tour I started recording demo songs with several producers and met with a few record labels, but nothing solid. With the help of my parents, I recorded an independent album which caught the attention of Sony Music Japan. They offered to release my project through their label only in Japan through a licensing deal.
On his hardest challenges in the industry:
One of the hardest challenges for an independent artist is not having the budget to promote yourself. It’s also difficult to get the hottest producers on your project like the major labels can. You can have the best music, but if you can’t get it to the masses you will remain unknown.
His warning for upcoming artists:
Don’t sign anything without having your management, attorney, or people that really care about you go over it in detail. People talk a good game, but usually the fine print tells the real story!
Brandon’s advice for artists like himself:
Stay true to who you are, just because the music industry tells you to only sing pop because that is what’s selling and you sing R&B it’s going to pull you away from the reason you started doing music in the first place. Learn as much as you can about the music industry from A to Z. There are a lot of helpful books and so many internet sites that can help you. Don’t expect to become a star overnight. I have been at it for almost 10 years and I’m not there yet.
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