- Hi Blane, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country musician?
Well, I grew up in Hot Springs, AR and in High School I played Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track and also sang in the choir. I earned All-State honors in Track and All-County honors in Football and also earned multiple All-Region and All-State honors in Choir. My family spent a lot of time on the golf course as well because my Dad is a PGA Professional and also manages out local country club. I decided not to play football or run track in college and instead attended Belmont University to pursue a degree in Music & Vocal Performance, and thats what brought me to Nashville.
- How did you get into country music and when did you know you wanted a career in it?
I attended Belmont to learn as much as a could about singing, music and the industry in Nashville but I think when I Was about 16 or 17, I decided I wanted to audition for Belmont and pursue it as a career choice. I always grew up singing, but the move to Belmont is what got me officially started.
- Who are some of your musical icons?
I grew up listening to all different genres of music. While it was mostly country, I also listened to Pop, Rock and Roll, Jazz, R&B, Motown, Gospel, you name it! In country, my biggest influences were Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, and Ronnie Dunn. I also learned a lot from vocalists Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, and bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and AC/DC.
- What is the story behind your newest single “Promise to Love Her?”
The story is, I wanted to write a song for my wife as a gift for our wedding. I came up with the idea of “Promise To Love Her” being the hook, and each verse having the line told to a different person. 1) Her father 2) The preacher 3) The doctor bringing in the baby girl (future).
No one had ever heard it but me and my co-writer Jordan Reynolds. I surprised her with it on the morning of our wedding, then she made me use it as our first dance, so everyone got to hear it for the first time that day, and the rest is history I guess!
- Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
I have a pretty full schedule coming up, but the highlights are The Peach Festival in Gaffney, SC on July 14, opening for Josh Turner on August 5, a week long residence at the State Fair of Texas in October with a lot of others shows mixed in. My full schedule can be found on my website, wwwblanehoward.com
- If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
Alan Jackson, because he’s my musical icon, or some amazing vocalist like Kelly Clarkson or Vince Gill.
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music career?
I hope to be on a major nationwide tour with multiple #1 hits under my belt.
- What is one of your favorite quotes?
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ”
~Walt Disney “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)