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In Surprise Announcement, Granger Smith Added as Opener for Kane Brown in Brand-New Drive-In Concert

·10 min read

Music Stars Smith, Jimmie Allen & Lauren Alaina to Join Brown During Must-See Concert

Special Guest Performers for the One-Night-Only September 26 Show

Limited Amount of Early Bird Tickets Only Available Through September 20 at ticketmaster.com/encore-kanebrown

Encore Live announces Granger Smith will perform a full set in the Encore Drive-In Nights Series, joining Kane Brown for his upcoming September 26 concert. Smith, in addition to opening the show, will join Jimmie Allen and Lauren Alaina on stage as special guests during Brown’s concert. The brand-new, never-before-seen show was recorded live for the one-night-only event at drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada as part of the must-see concert series of the year. Tickets for the concert are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/encore-kanebrown.

"Kane Brown is such a fantastic and talented performer and you know he was going to bring the energy and enthusiasm that his fans love on his own. But now we’ve also added Jimmie, Granger and Lauren to the show -- I mean, are you kidding me?" said Walter Kinzie, CEO of Encore Live. "All of these young stars performing for the same concert now officially makes this show one of the best collections of young country artists that are driving the genre forward. We can’t wait to see it!"

The September 26 concert features behind-the-scenes interviews, professional editing, cinematic storytelling and more, further cementing Encore Drive-In Nights as the best, most fun and safest concert experience available amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Granger Smith will serve as the official Encore Drive-In Nights opening act for the show. Tickets are on sale now and early bird ticket pricing is still available until September 20 at certain locations. For more information and to see if a venue near you is presenting the show, visit encorenights.com or call your local theater.

Unlike traditional concert tickets that are bought for one fan’s individual admission, each purchase for Encore Drive-In Nights’ concerts will admit one carload of fans. That means up to six people can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime show for one price. Additional information about Encore Drive-In Nights can be found at https://www.ticketmaster.com/encoredriveinnights.

Encore Drive-In Nights series is presented by leading event production company Encore Live, which has partnered with drive-in theaters across the country to provide music fans the closest thing to world-class, live entertainment in a safe, creative way. For more information and to see if a venue near you is presenting the show, visit encorenights.com or call your local theater.

Drive-in theaters hosting the concert will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates. Staff will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars. The series will also use contactless payment and ticketing systems and limit capacity in restrooms. Guidelines around concessions will be enforced to abide by individual state regulations. For a full list of procedures that the Encore Drive-In Nights is employing to keep fans and staff safe, visit encorenights.com.

The Encore Drive-In Nights concert series kicked off on July 25 with a performance by Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins, and was followed by Metallica on August 29. Information on upcoming acts and tickets can be found at https://www.ticketmaster.com/encoredriveinnights.

ABOUT ENCORE DRIVE-IN NIGHTS:
Encore Drive-In Nights showcases the world’s most iconic music stars with performances recorded exclusively for drive-in theaters across North America. From the safety of your vehicle you will enjoy an exclusive cinematic concert experience under the summer night sky. Drive-in. Rock out.

ABOUT KANE BROWN:
Global entertainer Kane Brown has been called "the future of country" (Billboard), "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" in 2018 (Associated Press) and one of "31 People Changing the South" (Time). With the chart-topping Billboard 200 release of his Platinum album Experiment in Nov. 2018, Brown became the only male country artist in more than 24 years to have his sophomore album debut at the top of this chart. Brown made history with his 2X Platinum self-titled debut album, a 13-week No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. He became the first artist to top all five Billboard Country Charts simultaneously with his breakthrough No. 1 Top Country Album; No. 1 debuting Country Digital Song, the 5X Platinum "Heaven," and No. 1 Country Airplay, Hot Country Song and Country Streaming Song, the 5X Platinum "What Ifs" featuring Lauren Alaina. Of all the country artists who made their long-form debut since 2016, Brown is the only one to receive two or more Platinum album certifications. The ACM, AMA, People’s Choice, Billboard, AMA, iHeartRadio, CMT and Billboard Music Awards nominated artist is one of only five country acts with multiple 5X Platinum hits (joining Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Taylor Swift). His two 5X Platinum songs are "Heaven" and "What Ifs" which, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 5 most-streamed country tracks of all time – making him the only artist to have two tracks in the Top 5 of country’s most-streamed songs.

ABOUT GRANGER SMITH:
Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as "Yee Yee Nation" built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following exceeding eight and half million along with more than one billion online video views. Signed to BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash "Backroad Song." Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing "Backroad Song" and followed it with the Top Five hit, "If The Boot Fits." "Backroad Song" was one of the Top 10 Most Played Country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA PLATINUM. His album When The Good Guys Win spawned the hit "Happens Like That" that has been certified RIAA GOLD. Not only has Granger stacked major accolades as an artist, but he also released his first-ever book If You’re City, If You’re Country, which immediately hit No. 1 on Amazon best-selling lists. Known as an artist but also for his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., his family’s YouTube series "The Smiths" and his iconic outdoor apparel company, Yee Yee Apparel, Smith is a jack of all trades. Additionally, Granger and his wife Amber Smith started The River Kelly Fund to bring awareness and invest in children in need, arts and education, wildlife preservation, military, veteran and first responder assistance, donor affiliations, and many more organizations in honor of their son River Kelly Smith. Taking all of these experiences and channeling them into good, Smith is releasing his 10th studio album on September 25 called Country Things, Vol. 1, which ultimately showcases the man, the father, the performer and bona fide artist Smith has become.

ABOUT LAUREN ALAINA
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina’s current EP, Getting Over Him, includes six songs that feature her signature powerhouse vocals including "Run," which addresses the rat race of life we are all on, the feisty and clever "If I Was A Beer," the emboldened "Bar Back," the thought-provoking sentimental "Seen You In Your Hometown," as well as, for the first time on one of her projects, two duets including the title track "Getting Over Him" featuring Jon Pardi and the emotionally difficult "What Do You Think Of?" featuring international pop sensation Lukas Graham.

Getting Over Him and the previous Getting Good EP (March 2020) are evidence of Lauren’s evolution as a songwriter and as an artist as she wrote each of the songs on both EPs. The pair of EPs follow her No. 1 smash "Road Less Traveled" from the 2017 most-streamed album of the year for a female country artist, Road Less Traveled.

Lauren’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Road Less Traveled, landed on multiple "Best Of" lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of 2017. Praised as "full of life lessons and uplift" (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 smash, "Road Less Traveled," "Doin’ Fine," and the inspiring, "Three."

The "sassy Southerner with killer pipes" (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride and Jason Aldean, and sold out her own, first-ever headlining, That Girl Was Me Tour.

Lauren has received multiple nominations for ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Awards include 2017 ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year for her "Road Less Traveled," and CMT Collaborative Video of the Year for "What Ifs," the 5x Platinum-selling No. 1 hit with childhood friend Kane Brown.

The Georgia native has played on some of the highest-profile stages in the world including national television performances on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, TODAY, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC’s CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards and more including a performance at the White House for President Obama for a PBS special.

For more information and tour dates, please visit http://laurenalainaofficial.com/ and follow Lauren at @Lauren_Alaina on Twitter, @laurenalaina on Instagram and on Facebook. For videos go to her YouTube (@LaurenAlainaAIVEVO).

ABOUT JIMMIE ALLEN
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, platinum-selling recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has already made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio – the first being his debut single "Best Shot" – which claimed the No. 1 spot for three weeks – and second being his latest single "Make Me Want To" off his debut album Mercury Lane, released fall 2018. Named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey, Mercury Lane features a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B and pop that draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing of the critically-acclaimed rising star. Rolling Stone raved Allen’s debut "challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music in 2018" and The New York Times dubbed it one of 2018’s strongest, calling it "a conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details." His latest project Bettie James, released in July 2020, is a star-studded collaboration EP featuring Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells & Tim McGraw. Wanting to weave his late father and late grandmother’s legacies into his music, Allen named the project after them, with each featured artist on the project having touched their respective lives through their own music. The result is a musical composition of love, heartbreak, perseverance, hope and faith. Bettie James has garnered 55+ million streams since release, along with critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. NPR calls the project an "announcement of [Allen’s] arrival" and a "huge step for country" while Billboard hails it "a powerful statement from a developing voice." Rolling Stone describes "Why Things Happen" – which brings together three generations of Black country artists in Allen, Darius Rucker and Charley Pride – as "part polemic, part proclamation, and part prayer… opening up space for the artists to bear witness." Allen’s current single "This Is Us" features Cyrus and is his fastest consuming single ever, with 42+ million streams to date. Allen is currently nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 54th Annual CMA Awards and will perform his #1 song "Make Me Want To" at the 55th Annual ACM Awards. For more information, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.

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