The chart-topping singer songwriter, who was previously homeless, teams up with Make Room Inc. to elevate rental housing on the national agenda and end the rental housing crisis in America.
For Immediate Release
August 17, 2017
Contact: Zayda Rivera
Washington, DC, August 17 – Kane Brown is partnering with Make Room Inc. to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of struggling renters in America. On Tuesday, September 12, the country music newcomer will participate in a congressional briefing at the Hart Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The goal of the briefing is to expose the human suffering and societal costs the rental housing crisis, reinforce the importance of placing affordable rental housing on the national agenda, and advocate for bold solutions that will end housing insecurity. Members of Congress, staff, and impacted families will also participate in the briefing.
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Kane Brown, one of country music’s most dynamic young stars,” said Ali Solis, President and CEO of Make Room Inc. “As someone who has experienced housing insecurity first hand, Kane knows how devastating its impact can be on a family. With his big heart and powerful appeal, Kane will be a wonderful partner for Make Room as we give voice to struggling renters across the country,” she added.
Eleven million households nationwide spend more than half of their income just on rent, while making sacrifices such as forgoing food, healthcare, and other necessities. That’s 1 in 4 of all renter households and 25 million Americansknow, including 9 million children, who face housing insecurity each year.
“When I was younger, my mom and I lived in a car because we didn’t have anywhere to go. After graduating from high school, even though I was working, I didn’t have enough money to pay rent so I stayed with my Nana,” Kane Brown revealed. “I’m proud to partner with Make Room to help other people who have been in similar housing situations. I just want people to know that they can make it through hard times like I did.”
The RCA Nashville/Zone 4 recording artist from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, whose Top 15 single “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina, with over 13 million views on VEVO, was just Certified Gold, will stand side-by-side with Make Room Inc., the nation’s leading organization working to address the rental housing crisis in America. Together, Kane Brown and Make Room will share the stories of real families, who can’t make rent today, and advocate for bold solutions that will end housing insecurity once and for all.
Fans are encouraged to tell their own stories about struggling to make rent or elaborate on how Kane Brown’s backstory resonates with them by uploading a video message HERE. Those who share a video story may join Brown for the opportunity to be part of the #MakeRoomKaneVideo in Washington, DC on September 12.
About Kane Brown
Breakthrough artist Kane Brown is country’s best-selling new artist debut of the past 2 ½ years. Brown’s self-titled first album, which released December 2 and is currently #12 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, debuted at #1 on the same chart and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 with total consumption of 51,000 units. Additionally, the 23-year-old singer/songwriter was the #4 all-genre best new artist debut in 2016, preceded only by Zayn, Jordan Smith and Charlie Puth. Brown’s album, produced by 9-time ACM Award-winning producer Dann Huff and Matt McVaney, includes his Gold-certified Top 15-and-rising hit “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina. “What Ifs” is currently #2 on both the Country On-Demand Audio Streams and Digital Country Songs charts. With a robust, devoted fan base of over 3.5 million social subscribers, the RCA Nashville/Zone 4 recording artist has garnered over 320 million on-demand streams and over 100 million YouTube and Vevo views. In the past year, Kane Brown has been nominated for an ACM Award for “Top New Male Artist” and a CMT Music Award for “Breakthrough Video” for “Used To Love You Sober,” the track of which was certified Gold by the RIAA and included on his Chapter 1 EP. Currently on tour with Jason Aldean, the Georgia and Tennessee native sold out 92 headline shows of his own with over 141,000 tickets purchased.
About Make Room Inc.
Make Room, the nation’s leading organization working to address the rental housing crisis in America, gives voice to struggling renters and seeks to elevate affordable rental housing on the national agenda. We’re advocating for better policies and telling the stories of real families who can’t make rent today.
For more information and media interviews, please contact Zayda Rivera at 347-949-3365, zrivera@3Lcommunique.com. Also, please visit www.makeroomusa.org or follow on Facebook/MakeRoomUSA, Twitter @MakeRoomUSA, and Instagram/MakeRoomUSA.